It wasn't pretty but Carrick continued their good season with a hard fought win away at Waysiders Drumpellier on Saturday.
This was certainly not a match for the rugby purist, as both sides battled for superiority in conditions that resembled a quagmire. In the end, the 8-9 victory came courtesy of the kicking skills of young Conor Wyllie, who nudged over three penalties to edge out the hosts.Read More
This week’s report has been provided by the courtesy of the Irvine match reporter, Dereck Murdoch. Both sides were not at full strength with five of the Irvine side who started last week’s fine win against Kilmarnock unavailable whereas only three of the Carrick side was unavailable.Read More
Any Burns aficionados who had been suffering last Saturday from an excess of usquabae, haggis, neeps and tatties and had decided to clear their heads by following Tam o Shanter’s trail from the Market Bar in auld Ayr’s toon centre to Souter Johnnie’s cottage might have had a few surprises en route.Read More
Saturday’s game was transferred to the milder climes of Maybole from the frozen east of Dunblane and at the interval Coach Brown must have been wondering whether that decision was one of his better ideas. Like the previous week against Waysider's who had taught the home pack a few lessons in rucking, the McLaren forwards were the quicker to the breakdown and secured most of the breakdown ball.Read More
Saturday’s game against Stewartry was the start of the second half of the season. At Castle Douglas an inexperienced Carrick side had been taught a few lessons and effectively outmuscled by the stronger and more experienced home side losing by four tries to nil. Stewartry came to Maybole as one of the top three in the league with an outside chance of promotion. The sub plot to the visit was the close connection between player/coach Muir for the visitors and sometime player/coach Brown for the Rick.Read More
After a good win last week on the road at Dumfries, Carrick visited Whitecraigs with high hopes. This was the first meeting between the 2 clubs and we did not know what type of game to expect. From the initial observations "they grow them big in Whitecraigs!!".
This was by far the largest opposition Carrick have faced in sometime and in particular the Whitecraigs inside Centre was head, shoulders and approx 3 stone heavier than any of the Carrick players. This was to prove the deciding factor in the first half with the aforementioned Centre crashing over the line for 3 of the 4 tries scored by Whitecraigs.
Half Time score Whitecraigs 26 : Carrick 0
However after a half time team talk (rant from a frustrated Coach) and a few changes in personnel, the team spirit came back together for Carrick with some renewed vigour and greater passion put into the tackle and also attack play. This resulted in an excellent try by Carrick's Man of the Match - Conner Barr, who outpaced the defence and scored in the corner. Liam Wyllie then slotted a difficult conversion to make the score 26:7.
Despite several other forging attacks and a dubious disallowed try the score never altered till the final whistle.
Although disappointed by the loss, a lot can be taken from the spirit shown to win the second half.
With a weekend off next week for the Scotland International v New Zealand, the U15s can look forward to bouncing back with consecutive home games against Cartha & Waysiders.
Final Score: Whitecraigs 26 : 7 Carrick