2016/2017: Scottish Cup 1st Round



C. Slater15C. King
S. Croy14A. Spowart
D. McLean13T. Brown
G. Poke12M. MacFarlane
D. Campbell11N. Kelly
W. Thomson10A. Goudie
C. Guthrie9J. Preston
K. Sinclair1S. Carson
S. Rendall2L. Barron
A. Linklater3T. Sciallo
S. Cursiter4L. M. Mavunga
D. Hamilton5J. Auld
C. Gray6P. Harkins (c)
J. Tait7R. Angus
A. Brown8G. MacDonald
G. Nicolson16K. Chernick
C. Stout17R. Firth
A. Watt18A. Walker
P. Ross19M. Houston
20A. Brennan
Hamilton, Rendall, RossTrySpowart (3), Houston, King, Mavunga, Preston
PokeConGoudie (6)
Mr G. Galashan


GHA have progressed to the second round of the BT Scottish Cup after overcoming a physical Orkney side. The young GHA side showed their mettle in the face of a tough and determined home team and it wasn’t until the second half that GHA were finally able to break clear and push the score out to a comfortable margin.

The tie was poised at 12-7 to GHA after 40 minutes, with Philip Ross having opened the scoring with an early try for Orkney, converted by Graham Poke.

Orkney were back on the attack from the restart thought, and the momentum was with them as the half-time whistle blew.

Any thoughts of a similarly tight second 40 minutes were quickly dispelled though. Orkney started brightly enough but three tries for the visitors within less than an quarter of an hour of the restart showed the true gap between the sides.
Orkney did have spells of attack though and they were more than a match for GHA in the scrums. A try from Scott Rendall ten minutes before the end only served to spark GHA into life again though and they scored two further tries before a last-minute flourish from Orkney saw David Hamilton touch down to make it 45-17.
GHA’s tries came from a hat-trick for right wing Andrew Spowart plus one apiece for Luther Mavunga, Murray Houston, Cameron King and Jack Preston. Andrew Goudie slotted 6 conversions from 7.
Photograph: The Orcadian

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