Glasgow Hawks 20
Glenzie U16 12
Following a morning of torrential rain the high winds and blustery showers of Sunday afternoon’s game at Old Anniesland were an improvement.
The teams were evenly matched on paper, and on the pitch, and the first 15 minutes were played between the 22m lines with neither side showing weakness.
It was Glenzie who broke the deadlock when Don intercepted a looped pass and sprinted from the half-way line to score between the posts. Cruikshanks converted.
Hawks upped the intensity immediately and were rewarded when Glenzie, under pressure in their own 22, gifted the ball to them and they ran in an easy score.
Hawks added another just before half-time to make the score 12-7.
Into the second half and with the wind now behind them Glenzie were unlucky not to score straight from the kick-off, but a lack of composure let the home team off the hook.
Hawks were next to score with a superb solo run from their own 5m line, dodging a number tackles on the way.
The game was dogged by scrums, which stifled any real rhythm, but Glenzie eventually hit back through Shanahan who powered over the line following a quick tap from a penalty.
With the score at 17-12 to the home side as the clock ticked down it was a nail-biting finish, with Glenzie going all out for a score.
Again their composure let them down and they gave away a penalty on their 22m line, which Hawks fired through the post to claim three points and take them out of reach.
Glenzie finished with an all-out attack, but just couldn’t penetrate the resolve of the Hawks defence. Final score 20-12 to Hawks.
Glenzie had chances throughout the game but failed to deliver. Guilty of white line fever and a lack of composure at vital moments, they were their own worst enemies at crucial points in the game.
Next week there is a chance to redeem themselves at home against Strathendrick on Sunday, October 26.