Redskins march on to semi-final after Allan Glen’s victory

Neil McColm
Neil McColm
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National Shield Quarter-Final

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ROSS Borthwick signed off for his trip to Australia in fine style, by helping the YM to book a semi-final slot in the National Shield.

Borthwick’s man-of-the-match display against a stuffy Allan Glen’s side took the Redskins to within touching distance of Murrayfield.

First blood went to the visitors when they were awarded a penalty in nine minutes and Lee Armstrong connected well to edge them ahead.

The first try was scored on the quarter of an hour mark when the YM tried to run the ball from deep. Scott McLeod tried a chip which unfortunately was charged down by the Allan Glen’s winger and he managed to gather the bounce to run in for the score.

The next 15 minutes were fairly nip and tuck but eventually the YM struck with a superb try. Steven Mabon intercepted a pass and stormed up the pitch before being stopped. From the ruck Steven Hill picked and passed to Armstrong and his long pass landed in the arms of McCracken who ran at the Glen’s defence. The ball went through the hands of Chris Ritson before his inch perfect pass found Neil McColm looping in to score in the corner. Armstrong added a further penalty before the interval.

Two minutes after the restart the YM took control of the game when Craig Robson was put in for a try which was superbly converted by Armstrong.

Glen’s struck back with their own penalty but a further two more penalties form Armstrong put the Redskins comfortably in front.

An excellent converted try by Glen’s with six minutes to go gave them a glimmer of hope, but another well struck penalty and a McColm converted try saw the Redskins home.