Garnock 10 Selkirk 16 (Sat 16th Feb 2008)

Scottish Hydro Electric National Cup 4th Round

NO WAY THROUGH. Selkirk hooker Ian Walling is halted by a Garnock defender in Saturday's cup tie, but flanker Ryan Crockatt is up in support to carry on the move.

The 4th Round Cup Draw served up a potential "banana skin" for Selkirk in the shape of Garnock. The Ayrshire outfit recently gained promotion to Premier League Division 3 which is a great achievement. Against a determined team that has averaged 40 points per game in winning 16 of their 17 league games played, this was always going to be a tricky encounter for the visiting Souters.
Indeed, an early welcome was dished out at Lochshore in the shape of a Garnock try with less than 5 minutes on the clock. Choosing to kick a penalty into the corner proved to be the correct option when, from the ensuing line-out, flanker Stewart Wilson was driven over the line for the opening points from a catch and drive move. David Cassidy missed an opportunity to narrow the gap from a penalty but soon made amends with a successful kick. Much of the play was conducted in the Garnock half but Selkirk were finding it difficult to score against a well organised defence. The 5-3 half-time score line indicated that a tight affair was in prospect and Selkirk were dealt a blow 15 minutes into the second half when Andy Lyons scored an unconverted try in the corner. Surprisingly, Garnock were running penalties at every opportunity and tactically this possibly contributed to their downfall. Points on the board are always handy in a close game and it was the dependable David Cassidy who drew Selkirk level with a try and conversion going into the final quarter. The same player edged the visitors into the lead with his second penalty after 70 minutes and extended it further with only five minutes to play. The final whistle came as a relief to the Selkirk contingent and full credit to Garnock for putting up such a battle. Full-back David Cassidy contributed all 16 points for Selkirk and his form has been quite outstanding this season. The Philiphaugh stalwarts will now be hoping for a home tie in the 5th Round Draw, something that has evaded them for the past three years.

HENDRIE IN A HURRY. Wing Scott Hendrie pulls out all the stops in pursuit of a Selkirk kick in Saturday's match against Garnock at Lochshore on Saturday. Skipper Neil Darling is, as ever, right up with play to back up his team-mate. [Pictures: Grant Kinghorn]