ON-SONG SELKIRK A DENIED AT THE DEATH AFTER IMPRESSIVE DISPLAY AGAINST EDINBURGH ACCIES


David Cassidy scored Selkirk As first try against Edinburgh Accies at Newfield on Saturday, in what was a fine performance by the whole Selkirk team.

[Photo GRANT KINGHORN PICS]

EDINBURGH ACCIES 2nds 24, SELKIRK A 22

THE Souters headed up the A68 during Storm Malik on Saturday, and there was no shortage of wind and energy against Edinburgh Accies at Newfield, with the home team edging home 24-22 in a highly entertaining game.
Selkirk opened the scoring after a typical charge by player/coach David Cassidy resulted in a try beneath the posts by the veteran, converted by Sam Cockburn. Accies hit back after with a Julian Maniesin try, converted by Richard Mill.
Mathew Francis and Jamie Turnbull were in fine form for the visiting pack, and prop Chris Fairbairn marked his return to rugby with a well-taken try, converted by Cockburn.
Further breaks by Thomas Martin and Adam Nichol kept the home team pinned back on their own line, and only a resilient defence prevented the Souters from scoring.
Just before halftime Selkirk A were once again on the attack, and Cockburn calmly kicked a penalty from 30 metres out to put them 17-7 in front.
Accies fought back and a try by flanker Sean Hagerty, converted by Hill, kept the home team in the hunt. Halftime score: 14-17.
After the break it was Accies who stepped on the gas, scoring through fullback Elliot Wilson. However, some enterprising back play saw wing Guy Mallin brush off his opposition number to score out wide, putting the visitors 22-19 ahead.
With just minutes to go, and both teams tiring, Accies got the winning try when replacement Kevin Jenkins exploited an overlap to touch down and take the score to 24-22.
Selkirk had the chance with a penalty kick in the dying seconds of the match, but the Ryan Legges kick drifted right of the uprights to make the final score 24-22.
A disappointing result, but two losing points away from home was welcomed by the Philiphaugh men, with outstanding performances from man of the match Ruaridh Murray, Ruaridh MacKessack-Leitch and Thomas Martin.
With no lack of effort given, this gave the coaches much to be happy about.
SELKIRK L. Davidson, L. Martin, S. Cockburn, A. Nichol, G. Mallin, D. Cassidy, R. Legge, K. Thomson, M. Stanners, M. Francis, J. Turnbull, C. Fairbairn, R. Murray, R. MacKessack-Leitch, L. Cassidy. Replacements: L. Sanders, M. Mackay, F. Robertson, N. Armstrong, T. Martin, B. Shiell.

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