Missed kicks prove costly as
Selkirk 'A' forced to give second best to Gala rivals
DESPITE having the lion's share of both territory and possession in the first half of Saturday's Borders Farm Supplies
Border Championship fixture at Philiphaugh, Selkirk 'A' found themselves 9-7 in arrears at halftime.
A series of missed penalty kicks in the first half came back to haunt the home team in the second period, with
Gala stand-off Dean Keddie kicking a total of six penalties throughout the contest to seal victory for the visitors.
Selkirk got off to a bright start, and struck first blood when Jason Hendrie crossed for a fine try following a
move involving Fraser Jack, Andrew Millar, Callum Marshall and Jim Ross. The conversion was added by Darren Scott.
Selkirk continued to press, but were unable to take advantage when the visitors had a forward yellow-carded by
the exchange referee from Manchester. Three penalties from the boot of Keddie gave the Maroons an interval lead
Another Keddie penalty followed shortly after the break, before Shaun Law sliced through the Selkirk midfield to
score close to the posts. Keddie converted, and followed this up with a further two penalties to settle the result
in the visitors' favour.
A special mention must go to Selkirk prop Lindsay Carrick, who answered the coaches' SOS when it became clear the
home team were short of props, while it was good to see Jim Ross back in the side for his first appearance of the
SELKIRK - G. Blair, J. Ross, C. MacDougall, J. Hendrie, A. Godsmark, D. Scott, F. Jack, R. Price, S. Rodgerson,
L. Carrick, D. Purves, C. Marshall, A. Millar, A. Renwick, C. Johnston. Replacements: C. Davies, M. Robertson,
R. Henderson, B. Purves, K. Connor, S. Macdonald, S. Tough, R. Cook.
TOUGH GOING. Selkirk
'A' try scorer Jason Hendrie finds his path blocked during Saturday's match against Gala 2nds at Philiphaugh. (Picture: