Dumfries Saints U15 41 Irvine 5
Irvine sent down the same team that recently played Saints U16’s and the only diffrence was that game was finished at half time due to the score margin. Irvine had 6 boys listed that were under 16 and although Saints were always going to get the points we still wanted the game experience.
Saints introduced Alex Craig to outside centre for his first game since moving from Stewartry and quickly showed a clean pair of heals to score in the corner, Callum Fitzpatrick converted from well out. This was the shape of things to come with some great ball carrying from back row John Singleton, also making his debut, Edward Jackson and the impressive Kyle Lindsay, playing his first game at No. 8. David Bell making his home debut was hanging off at stand off and the new tight head prop was causing a lot of problems for the tacklers. It wasn’t long before pressure told and from a quick tap penalty from Callum Fitzpatrick resulted in a score, Ryan Sarahs converted. Russell McQueen moving back to wing showed how much more strength he has this year by powering his way over the scoreline, Ryan again converting. Saints were playing with confidence now and were moving the ball through the hands and soon after Callum scored again.
Irvine at times were playing some good stuff also if they would keep their discipline long enough, but did respond from a bit of slackness to score in the corner right on the half time whistle.
Half time Saints 24 Irvine 5
The second half was littered with interruptions. Between poor discipline from the visitors and making sure nobody was going to drown in some of the large mud puddles as some parts of the pitch looked as if the elephants from the recent circus visit had bathed in them. However Saints maintained their drive in going forward and another new recruit Ian McKnight, outsprinted the home defence to score in the corner. Callum Fitzpatrick bull dozed his way over the line with support play from Jack McHenry and completed a great day for himself by adding a fourth soon after.
Saints finished the game by not allowing Irvine into their half and showed fantastic composure and discipline against a side that is struggling for breaks.
Great debuts for Alex Craig, Ian McKnight, John Singleton and David Bell that have no doubt strengthened the side to keep their winning start to the league going. Next sunday the Saints boys travel to Ardrossan who are also unbeaten. Connor Gracie returned to action in periods after his recent injury and his line out throwing has been missed.
Squad Jack McHenry, Connor Gracie, David Bell, Ben McCrudden, Josh Ferguson, Edward Jackson, John Singleton, Kyle Lindsay, Paul Gibson, Callum Fitzpatrick, Adam Ridley, Declan O’Donnell, Alex Craig, Russell McQueen, Ryan Sarahs, subs all used. Lewis Morrison, Ben Hyslop, Euan McMorran, George Nairn, Ian McKnight, Callum Jackson