Mackie U16 50 - 15 Deeside
Good league win in first outing of the season for U16's
First game for Mackie U16’s saw Deeside make the short trip to Stonehaven in the first league game to be played at Redcloak this season.
With both teams missing some players due to the Duke of Edinburgh Awards taking place at the weekend both sides drafted in some U15 players to fill out the team.
The game started at a frantic pace and a missed tackle in midfield allowed Deeside to score first, Mackie escaped further punishment for their mistake as the conversion was missed (0-5).
After managing to maintain possession the Mackie boys started to show what they could do and after some good backs play centre Andrew MacArthur went over for their first score of the day, converting it himself (7-5).
Mackie maintained this pressure once again but Deeside forced and knock on and won a scrum on their own 5m line.
Some great pressure by scrum half Kris McCollough at the resulting scrum led to a poor pass by the Deeside 9, after scrambling to pick it up their 10 was tackled behind his own try line and gifting Mackie a scrum on the Deeside 5m line.
From the scrum No8 Connor Anderson picked up, dummied a pass to Kris and went over near the corner. Andrew missed the conversion from out wide (12-5).
Deeside now coming back into the game managed to maintain possession, but good pressure and a slack pass in their back line saw centre Alexander Evison intercept a pass and score under the posts. Easy conversion for Andrew this time and Mackie move further in front (19-5).
Once again poor tackling let down the boys in red and Deeside managed to slip through the defensive line and score out wide once again, difficult kick from out wide landed short (19-10).
Mackie hit straight back after the setback, a superb run by Kris set up Alexander for his second try, Andrew added the extras (26-10).
Half Time 26-10
It took a little while for the teams to get going again in the second half with both sides giving away too many penalties.
Mackie win a penalty inside their own half, Andrew steps up to clear into touch but his kick goes nowhere near the touchline, crucially Deeside let the ball bounce and chasing Mackie winger Ross Gill manages to pick it up, gas passed a couple players and score near the posts. Another good conversion from Andrew (33-10).
Mackie have now taken control of the game and are maintaining possession well, Andrew finds a gap in the midfield, bursts through and chips the ball over the full back, Kris continues his supporting run and manages to dribble the ball all the away to the posts where he gathers it across the line for a try. Andrew somehow manages to smash the cross bar from right in front of the posts! (38-10).
It was now the Mackie forwards turn, they rumbled the ball forward for a few phases before prop Cameron Sclater forces his way over out wide. Difficult kick for Andrew which falls short (43-10).
The Mackie backs kick into gear again and some great interplay by Alexander and Ross set up Kris to score in the corner for his third try of the game. Andrew hits the ball perfectly and it goes over from out wide (50-10).
Late on with the Mackie boys tiring (not a surprise as they had no subs) Deeside piled on the pressure, after giving away three penalties in a row inside their own 22 a tap and go saw Deeside break the defensive line and score. Once again the conversion was missed (50-15).
That was to be the last meaningful play of the game. Mackie pleased to come away with a win in their first outing of the season, but the coaches know there are some areas that need working on before the long journey to Caithness this weekend.
Forwards: Cameron, Kieran D, Stuart F, Stuart C, Jack, Kieran F, Gordon, Connor
Backs: Kris, Corrie, Alexander, Andrew, Euan, Ross, Angus