West League Division One
Considering the weather conditions en route to Oban the pitch was amazingly in near perfect condition.
Winning the toss Carrick chose to play up the slope and into the breeze. Carrick started brightly and their early attacks produced a yellow card for Maceachen for an illegal tackle on flying winger Dewar.
It was Oban, however, who opened the scoring, against the run of play, from a penalty from Abraham.
Carrick were having the better of exchanges but could not break down a strong and committed Oban defence.
In the 28th minute Carrick finally got reward for their efforts with Christie levelling the score from a penalty.
Oban’s reply was immediate when a Carrick forward was adjudged to enter a ruck from the side and Abraham nosed Oban in front again.
In the final minute of the half Abraham, again, cross kicked into the Carrick 22. Alan Speirs attempted to run the ball out but slipped lost possession and Oban’s winger Mosiadis hacked on to score under the posts. Abraham ended the first half with the conversation giving Oban a somewhat fortuitous 13-3 lead.
Carrick rallied in the second half and by the 56th minute had reduced the deficit to four points from two Christie penalties.
That was the closest Carrick got to salvaging the game. Oban were using the tactic of rotating their props and as the Carrick scrummage weakened Oban took control of the game. It was no surprise that in the 65th minute they gained the decisive try from a pushover score which was converted.
At 20-9 down Carrick did try to rescue the situation but it was only in the dying minutes of the game that they managed to cast off Oban’s physical superiority only to be denied a scoring opportunity when the scoring pass went to ground. This week Carrick need to get their show back on the road as they meet Helensburgh in the League with a 2pm kick off at the Academy.