Match Reports

Melrose vs Watsonians 15.2.19 Cup Quarter Final

16 Feb 2019

The quarter final of this season’s Scottish Cup was played on a dull and breezy afternoon on a firm Greenyards pitch. Melrose opened the scoring after eight minutes when James Head crashed over after a penalty lineout picks and drives in the Policemen’s Corner and Craig Jackson added the conversion. Within five minutes Jason Baggott, for taking out Josh Rowland in the air following up a kick ahead, and Angus Runciman, for retaliating, were both sent to the sin bin at the same time. It only took Watsonians a couple of minutes to capitalise on their numerical superiority cross-field passing to Rowland who scored an unconverted try in St. Mary’s Corner. Lee Miller completed the first half scoring by kicking a penalty four minutes short of the interval to give Watsonians a single point half time lead.

Half time – Melrose 7 Watsonians 8

At the second half restart Ross McCann charged down a Watsonian clearance kick and managed to collect the ball, which was perilously close to the stand side touchline, and nip into St. Mary’s Corner for an unconverted try. Miller missed a penalty two minutes later before Jackson kicked penalties at 50 & 66 minutes, the second of which came as Craig Borthwick was yellow carded for a tackle off the ball. Melrose failed to add to their tally during Borthwick’s absence, but within a minute of his return Melrose won a lineout in front of the stand. The ball was passed rapidly left across the pitch via Jackson to Michael Mvelase-Jolyan who raced in for a try close to the Church Corner with Jackson’s conversion ending both the scoring and the match.

As a result of this victory Melrose will play Ayr at The Greenyards in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup.

Melrose 25 Watsonians 8

Melrose – Craig Jackson, Ross McCann, Patrick Anderson, George Taylor, Michael Mvelase-Jolyan, Jason Baggott, Murdo McAndrew, Grant Shiells, Russell Anderson, Conor Young, James Head, Angus Runciman, Ruaridh Knott, Peter Eccles, Iain Moody. Replacements – Richard Ferguson, Calum Crookshank, Mak Wilson, Callum Wilde, Struan Hutchison, Gavin Wood, Iain Sim.

Watsonians – Josh Rowlands, Mark Bertram, Andrew Chalmers, Lee Miller, Rory Steele, Ewan Fox, Ali Harris, Finn Hobbs, Cammy Fenton, Jack Stanley, Finlay Simpson, Craig Borthwick, Charlie McKill, Ross Graham, Michael Fedo. Replacements – Fraser Renwick, Jonny Gibson, Duncan Ferguson, Harry Fisher, Murray Scott, Chris Bell, Paul Cunningham.

Referee – Sam Grove-White. Assistants – Keith Allan & Johnny Perriam.


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