Sarah Beaney Cup: Stirling County push past Corstorphine Cougars

Victory at muddy Union Park keeps visitors in hunt for final appearance at Silver Saturday

Stirling County battled past Corstorphine in the mud on Sunday. Image: Peter Watt
Stirling County battled past Corstorphine in the mud on Sunday. Image: Peter Watt

STIRLING COUNTY secured a crucial bonus point win on Sunday in the only Sarah Beaney Cup group stage match of the weekend to keep their hopes of reaching the final alive.

At the same time, their 24-10 triumph at a muddy Union Park against Corstorphine dealt the Edinburgh side’s chances of making it to a second successive Silver Saturday a significant blow.

Saz Murdoch, Sophie Murphy (2) and Ceitidh Ainsworth scored tries for County on the road with the latter converting two, while Corstorphine had to make do with a seven-point penalty try and a penalty from Kiyomi Honjigawa.


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“The underfoot conditions didn’t lend themselves to flowing rugby, so I was pleased that we still managed to grind out a convincing win,” County head coach Mark Ainsworth said.

“Our ball retention was particularly pleasing as was our ability to cope with a Cougars defence that was flying up to put us under pressure.

“The team will need a few easy days to recover before we go again for this coming weekend’s encounter with Heriot’s Blues at Bridgehaugh [Saturday].”

Corstorphine head coach Eric Jones said:  “Even though we were forced into two substitutions less than two minutes into the game, I still felt the game was there for the taking for us.

“We gave the ball up far too easily especially with unforced errors on first phase ball and we didn’t really play the conditions well in the first half.

“In the second half, we definitely pressurised Stirling more when we took them on up front. Defensively, aside from a couple of missed tackles, the players put in a huge amount of work in difficult conditions.

“I’d also like to say a special thanks to referee Johnny Cockayne who hung the whistle up on the XVs game after this match. He’s been of excellent service on the pitch over the last 10 years and we hope to see him pitchside soon.”

 

 

With two rounds of action to go in the Cup group stage, Watsonians lead the way on 21 points after five games while Hillhead Jordanhill have 20 from four games, Stirling are on 15 from four games, Corstorphine are on 11 from four games and Heriot’s are on 10 from four games. Garioch and Cartha Queens Park cannot mathematically make the final.

The last two rounds of pool play are this coming Saturday, March 23rd and then Saturday, April 6th with plenty still to play for.

After that the top two will play in the final on April 27th at Murrayfield.


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