Strathendrick show a strong defence against Carrick

If Endrick had any thoughts of a 12 try drubbing they had received at Maybole earlier in the season they should no signs in the return match which they lost 24-12.

From the kick-off at Fintry on Saturday they pinned the visitors back and 13 minutes had been played before Carrick were able to cross the halfway line. Unfortunately Endrick’s pressure did not take them over the try line, the closest they came to scoring being a 30 metre Sam Greenock kick at goal in the third minute which carried just outside the post.

Carrick eventually did get into Endrick territory, but the home side tackled with a certainty

that has sometimes been missing this season. The outcome was that they came no closer to

scoring than had Endrick. They too had one kick at goal, a 28 minute penalty from 30 metres

which fell short.

The sides were very well matched, both showed a willingness to run the ball but the quality

of the defending meant that the score sheet was still blank with only four minutes of the

first half left. Some magical footwork from David Wallace broke the stalemate. On halfway

he took the ball, wrong-footed a couple of defenders and legged it to the line for the

opening try. Drew McDonald added the conversion and Endrick turned round with an unexpected

though not undeserved 7-0 lead.

Not surprisingly Carrick charged to the Endrick end after the restart and a two minute

siege on the Endrick line ended with a yellow card for home full back Dave McGuffie. From

the resultant penalty the ball was shipped across the pitch and Ross McCulloch crashed

over at the corner for an unconverted try.

Endrick then made light of their one-man deficit and managed to get into Carrick territory

from time to time. They were within a minute of seeing out the manpower shortage when the

visitors’ John Dewar found a way through their defence to score in the corner. Six minutes

later the Carrick pack got on a roll for their No 8 Cammy Pollock to touch down for their

third try, this one converted.

With a 10 point lead going into the final quarter Carrick threatened to run away with the

game but Endrick held together and rallied to put some pressure on the visitors. Ten minutes

from the end the Fintry men lost possession deep in the Carrick half and a defender

gratefully hoofed the ball upfield. The kick seemed to be well covered by an Endrick back

but an unkind bounce deceived him and Carrick’s speedy left winger was up in a flash to

collect and run in for their fourth try which was converted.

Endrick were not yet finished and two minutes later Craig Mundell won the ball in his own

half and chipped into space for David Wallace to make ground. He was baulked as he tried to

run through but Kyle Campbell was up in support to win the ball and touch down for the final

score of the game.

Endrick head to Argyllshire to play Oban Lorne on Saturday.

Endrick: McGuffie, McDonald, Wallace, Bruce, Mundell, Campbell, Greenock, O’Connell, McNeill, Gibson, Gibson, Cuthbertson, Ogilvy, McKay and Gourlie. Replacements: McVean, Dave Beaumont, Doug Beaumont, Moore, Connor, Allan, McMillan.