2007/2008: Scottish Premiership One



C. Binnie15S. Ruddick
R. Watson14T. Bury
C. McKay13A. Hadden
A. Bulloch12E. O’Donnell
N. Cassie11R. Couper
J. Noonan10G. Cottrell
J. Wright9C. Cusiter
J. Welsh1N. Drapper
D. Sutherland2S. Crombie
B. Prescott3F. Lait
G. Harkness4E. Matheson
J. Paine5G. McCallum
A. Boag6O. Brown
D. Chaney7A. Martyn
C. Forrester8B. Fisher
D. Ziolo16C. Ward
J. Coffey17
G. Williamson18
A. Rushforth19
R. McClymont20
TryBrown, Couper, Cusiter, Martyn
ConO’Donnell, Cusiter
Noonan (5)Pen
Mr J. Steele (Dumfries)

Boroughmuir head coach Eamon John admitted the final whistle at Braidholm had come as a massive relief after watching his pacesetters haul themselves back from the brink of what would have been a surprise defeat by bottom of the table GHA.

John had scrum-half Calum Cusiter to thank for the last-gasp try that not only sealed GHA’s fate, but also snared the precious bonus point. The coach said: “Considering how long they pressed us, it was a massive weight off the shoulders when Calum went over. We left with five points, which, in the circumstances, was a terrific achievement. Top versus bottom is always a difficult game to prepare for because it is usually a different kind of fixture.”

For GHA chief Roddy Moir there was the frustration of seeing his side being nudged out in the dying seconds after a performance that had belied their struggles so far this season, but also one to encourage hopes of survival from relegation.

He reflected “The consolation was that the bonus point and it was heartening that we were able to compete with the team who are running away with the league. I thought our defence was terrific and we turned them over a few times. We must just keep playing and improving with every game. The wins will come.”

In addition to Cusiter’s counter, Rory Couper, Olly Brown and Angus Martyn scored for the capital men. James Noonan kept GHA in the hunt with five penalties and a snap drop goal.

Source: The Scotsman, Monday 22nd October 2007

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