Relief at Beveridge Park as Blues scrape first win

Mark Wallace makes a break for the Aberdeenshire line. Pic: Michael Booth
Mark Wallace makes a break for the Aberdeenshire line. Pic: Michael Booth

Kirkcaldy 28 Aberdeenshire 27

On a bright sunny day, Kirkcaldy held on for a hard fought bonus point victory over a well organised Aberdeenshire team in the opening BT National League Division Two fixture of the season.

During the first ten minutes when Aberdeenshire dominated play no Blues supporter thought of victory.

The visitors early pressure paid off in the sixth minute when no.8 Gordon Simpson crashed over for a try converted by Adam Blake for a 7-0 lead.

From the kick off Kirkcaldy secured possession and good team handling produced a try by captain Mark Wallace, reducing the deficit to 5-7.

Aberdeenshire then had a spell of domination in which Kirkcaldy conceded a penalty converted by Blake for a 5-10 scoreline.

The pendulum swung back to Kirkcaldy with a Jamie Moffat penalty making it 8-10.

Aberdeenshire then had sustained pressure near the Kirkcaldy line, bringing a try by Sipho Moyo, converted by Blake for an 8-15 advantage.

Again from the kick off Kirkcaldy won possession and after good handling, a gap opened for Dayle Turner who ran in from 20 yards to score under the posts.

Moffat converted to level the scores at 15 all with 33 minutes on the clock. This remained the score at half-time.

Mark Wallace went over for his second and Kirkcaldy’s third try in the first minute of the second half. Unfortunately Moffat’s conversion attempt came back off a post but for the first time Kirkcaldy led at 20-15.

Kirkcaldy then had a good spell of pressure which almost resulted in another try when Chris Mann looked to be in the clear but his foot was held.

‘Shire conceded a penalty in the 50th minute which Finlay Smith converted to increase the lead to 23-15.

Kirkcaldy dominance at this stage continued and in the 53rd minute a try made by the Wallace brothers was scored by Greg Wallace.

Greg made the original break and when he was stopped, brother Mark was on his shoulder to carry on and when he was tackled Greg was there to take the scoring pass. The conversion failed leaving the score 28-15.

At this stage it looked as if Kirkcaldy might go on and score again but Aberdeenshire came back and in the 67th minute visiting captain Nicki Fraser went over for a try which Blake converted to bring the score to 28-22.

Aberdeenshire continued to press the Kirkcaldy line for the winner but good defence kept them out.

The inevitable happened in the 76th minute when loose play by Kirkcaldy allowed ‘Shire centre Jamie Stephen to go in for the try. Fortunately for Kirkcaldy, the conversion attempt hit the post and the Blues retained a 28-27 lead.

For the remaining minutes ‘Shire camped on the Kirkcaldy line but as they won a 5 metre lineout the referee blew no-side. The relief on the faces of the Kirkcaldy players and supporters was tangible.

Kirkcaldy: F Smith, A Brooks, Gillies , M Wallace (C), C Mann, J Moffat, G McKenzie, L Neilson , D Turner, SMilne C Wood, 4 S Porter R Girdler, J Pow, G Wallace. Replacements: 16 M Henderson, G Neilson, R Bonner.

Star Check v Aberdeenshire: 3 Mark Wallace, 2 Jack Pow, 1 Dayle Turner.

Current standings: 3 M Wallace, J Pow, C Woods; 2 L Neilson, 1 D Turner.