It was a cup tie but there were more spills than thrills. A committed and determined Cumbernauld side made it difficult for the “Galaticos” of Maybole. In truth this was a dismal performance from the home side.
Carrick v Marr, what else is there to say really. It is always a hearty, passionate game, and with a place in the regional final at stake, the tension was huge. Carrick showed early signs of dominance, but they couldn't quite get over the line.
Liam Wyllie slotted over a kick to give Carrick the 3 point advantage, but Marr still looked deadly on the counter attack. And they proved to be so, they scored from a quick break to give them the narrow lead. This was the first time Carrick had gone behind all season; it would be a test of their mental ability to see if they could bounce back.
Three years. That was the time that Carrick had been battling it out with Wellington on the park, to no avail. Sometimes they had come close, sometimes not so close, but the 3 years of hard work, determination and effort finally paid off.
Strathendrick were last week’s visitors to Maybole. The men from Fintry were still sampling the warm Ayrshire sunshine when within a minute they were seven points down.
In the most important match of the season so far, the team played arguably their best game ever. Any match against school of rugby Grange is a big one, and to also be in the knockout stages of the Scottish Cup, the pressure was on.
Both Carrick teams were on the road last weekend and both gained impressive victories. The firsts beat a struggling Strathaven side 136 to 5 scoring twenty one tries.
On Saturday Carrick 1st XV hosted Clydebank on a sunny, warm day at Academy Fields. The side were keen to make up for last week’s poor performance and with the return of John Dewar and Gary Thomson Carrick were looking more like the side that defeated Stewartry in their first home game.