STEWARTRY 42pts PAISLEY 26pts.
Paisley were one of only two teams to beat Stewartry this season in the league. With the Blacks having dispatched Millbrae last week at Greenlaw it was Paisley’s turn this week to be avenged.
The game turned out to be a Christmas Cracker of a game producing ten tries between the two teams. Paisley started best but Stewartry with the slope advantage soon found a way through the Paisley defence with Andy Kerr ,Milligan and Porteous showing the way to the line. In the end it was top try scorer for Stewartry John Muir who opened the scoring at the posts after a break by Austin and Milligan. Mosey added the conversion.
Half way through the first half Robert Austin and full back Fingland inter passed down the left for Austin to score at the posts. Mosey added the points. Ten minutes later another breakaway for Stewartry led by Kerr, the McMorran’s and Cannon won a penalty award at the Paisley posts which was quickly taken by John Muir giving Muir Smith the third try. Mosey made it 21-0 to Stewartry in a game they had seen little of the possession first half. Paisley at last found space down the left where their speedy winger crashed over in the corner. The kick was missed half time 21-5.
Any hope Paisley were back in the game at the restart faded when halftime replacement John Kerr with Porteous in support soon had good possession for winger Scott Milligan to dance his way in for the bonus point try. Mosey made it four from four.
Paisley at last found some pace in their backs and two tries in three minutes gave them fresh hope with both conversions added. Stewartry gave Paisley an added ten metres at a penalty award which the Buddies kicked to touch won the lineout and drove over to for a fourth bonus point try.
28-26. At this point it looked as if Paisley could overtake Stewartry but the Blacks reset and Muir had a try disallowed the ref unsighted. From the scrum Martin Smith scored his second try. Mosey added the conversion. Stewartry now had the victory in their grasp and a powerful charge from John Kerr took him over the line for the sixth and final try. Craig Mosey completed a fine days kicking with six out of six for a 42-26 scoreline.
An excellent game enjoyed by the small band of non Christmas shoppers.