SOUTERS SHOW SIGNS OF SUPERIORITY, BUT CANíT QUITE BEAT A COOL CURRIE SIDE


Kieran Cooney dives over the line for Selkirkís first try of the match. [Photo: GRANT KINGHORN]

CURRIE 21, SELKIRK 16



AFTER their fantastic show of courage in their match against Heriotís the previous week, Selkirk arrived at Malleny Park in high spirits, looking for their first win of the season against Currie.

The Souters started the first half well, with stand-off Dashton Wellman putting a penalty between the posts to give them the lead. This was short-lived though, with two penalties from James Semple taking the home team ahead.

Currie were relentless after this, but the Selkirk defence stood firm, eventually stopping Currieís build-up play dead when the ball came to centre Robbie Nelson. Selkirk quickly launched a counter attack and raced down the pitch after a loose ball. Kieran Cooney managed to get to this and dived over the line to push the team slightly ahead of the home side, leaving the half-time score as Currie 6-8 Selkirk.

The 1st XV started the second half well, with some crucial quick runs from Mikey Davies and Wellman. The Currie side were strong though, and absorbed the pressure from the Souters, retaliating with another James Semple penalty, to put Currie ahead once again.

Currie didnít slow down from there, with two quick tries from Chris Logan and Travis Brooke, one of which was converted, to make it 21-8. From here it looked as though Currie would continue to dominate for the remainder of the match, but Selkirk fought back, and showed the same determination that was seen against Heriotís the previous Saturday.

This, combined with a yellow card for the Currie side due to a high tackle, may have been the key components for James Bettís try in the corner. Selkirkís hopes were now getting higher as another yellow was shown to Currie, taking their side down to 13 men. The resulting penalty, scored by Wellman brought Selkirk within five points of the home team, and for a while, it looked like the match could be won, with Selkirk battering the Currie defence in the final minutes.

Unfortunately, nothing was to come of these attacks, as the Currie side, determined to hold their lead, held off the Souters. The referee blew for full-time, bringing an end to an exciting game, the final score being Currie 21-16 Selkirk.

The 1st XV will continue to look for a win next Saturday, September 26, against Boroughmuir at Meggetland.

SELKIRK: J. Welsh, L. MacLennan, C. Gregory-Ring, C. MacDougall, S. Hendrie, D. Wellman, M. Davies, K. Cooney, J. Bett, D. Byrne, A. Renwick, M. Gordon, E. MacDougall, C. Johnston, C. Marshall. Replacements: C. McEwan, R. Wilson, B. Riddell, P. Forrest, Y. Hartzenberg.

CURRIE: H. Elms, R. Smith, F. Efefthymiou, R. Nelson, C. Logan, J. Semple, C. Shiel, J. Cox, M. Goodwin, A. Hamilton, M. Vernel, H. Bain, T. Brooke, S. Ainslie, R. Weston. Replacements: G. Carson, A.P. McWilliam, L. Crosbie, J. Bywater, M. McPhilips.