With only two weeks elapsing from the Mackie U15 boys losing to Falkirk in the Caledonia U15 Plate Final by six points everyone was expecting a close hard fought game.
Playing on a very good conditioned and wide 1st XV pitch the two teams took to the field for the first of the three 20 minute periods.
Mackie drew first blood when centre Stuart Ferguson hit a great line inside the Falkirk half and kept going to score near the posts, stand off Kieran Dyer added the conversion to give them a 7-0 lead.
In the second period, Falkirk were first to take a chance when they opted to take a penalty when Mackie were penalised for going off their feet at the breakdown. The kick was good and Falkirk were on the score sheet.
To make up for that error Mackie hit back straight away with another try from Ferguson after he made a break down the left wing, unfortunately Dyer couldn’t add the extras this time.
After another penalty, Falkirk once again opted for the kick and found themselves within a score of Mackie.
Towards the end of the period, a Falkirk back made a dash for the line but Ferguson bundled him into touch on the corner flag.
Going into the last 20 minute period it was all to play for with the score line at 12-6.
When Falkirk were penalised on their on 5m line Mackie opted to tap and pass with no. 8 Thomas Wilson taking the ball on, it took several players to stop him just short of the line and this gave hooker Lewis Shand that opportunity to pick and go to score from close range. Dyer put in his best kick of the season as the ball went over right in the corner of the post to give Mackie some breathing space.
Mackie piled on the pressure and Ferguson managed to grab his third of the game near the posts, Dyer managing to convert easily.
Falkirk kick the ball down the pitch, full back Ross Gill picked it up inside his own half finding a gap in the defensive line he ran half the length of the pitch to score under the posts. Dyerconverted.
Mackie struck from the kick off, Dyer took the restart before mputting flanker Kieran Fulton in space down the wing who threw a dummy to supporting winger Zander Begg and goes on to score under the posts. Dyer again converted.
Mackie continued to push for another score. Back row replacement Gordon Simpson picked up from the back of a ruck just inside the Falkirk half and took off down the wing butuwas tackled just short of the line. Crucially, he popped the ball off to Wilson who dived over the line. The kick was on the wrong side and too far out for Dyer this time.
Mackie ran outout 45-6 winners.
Next up is a home game against Dunfermline at Redcloak on Sunday,April 20.
Team: F Johnman, L Shand, C Hepburn, F Reid, J McGregor, A Bruce, K Fulton, T Wilson; F McDonald, K Dyer, G Grant, S Ferguson, D Kerr, Z Begg, R Gill
Subs: L Mitchell, T Eddie, G Simpson, L Lawson, R Moar, L Carmichael
Man of the Match: Stuart Ferguson