Carrick battle to cup win over Kilmarnock

Carrick marched on in the BT Regional Shield with a 27-10 win over Kilmarnock on Saturday to set up a home tie with Lenzie on November 8th.

Coach Gordon Brown was slightly disappointed with the performance but he was happy enough with the result and would take a similar one when the sides meet at Kilmarnock in the league on Saturday.

The match was sponsored by by Iain Andrew Construction and the match ball was provided by EC Firewood asCarrick entertained their neighbours from along the A77.

That is a thought which would not have crossed the minds of a few Carrick diehards of yesteryear. Kilmarnock of that past era in the top league of Scottish Rugby visiting Carrick who at that time might have been described as more akin to a Sunday morning Pub league team.

In the eighth minute Carrick stole a Kilmarnock lineout ball and from the ensuing ruck Johnson drifted down the right blindside and fed inside centre Thomson to score in the right corner. It was not a day for conversions.

The visitors replied almost immediately when Craig McWhirter converted a long range penalty.

The half time talk from Coach Brown seemed to have little effect as his charges butchered a number of promising chances, again dropped passes being the culprit. They did cross the line twice but this particular official was being hard to convince that a try had been scored.

However in the 62nd minute the Kilmarnock defence finally cracked when their scrummage, close to the line, was driven off the ball and allowed scrum half Ward to dummy and dive through the gap to score. Johnson converted.

Kilmarnock replied immediately. The kick off was long and what can only be described as a catalogue of errors took place which allowed the full back, Ferguson to score under the post.

It was a cup match and with 18 minutes to go and a score of 12-10 it could have been anybody’s game. A more direct approach was employed by the home forwards and this resulted in a try for new recruit Christie who finished off a half break from Thomson to give Carrick a seven point lead.

Two minutes later Johnson popped over a wind assisted penalty which eased the tension on the touchline.

The Carrick forwards eventually had the last word and got some reward for their scrummage prowess when Smith came up with the ball from a push over score which surprised, the crowd, the players and even the referee that it had been given. Johnson converted from out wide leaving the final score at 27-10.

Next Saturday morning Carrick Academy take on Marr College of Troon. Three Academy sides travel to Troon for the away fixture and two Carrick sides travel to Ayr for their home fixture.