Highland Through To BT Caledonia Youth Cup Final
By Peter Martin
Kirkcaldy hosted Highland's U18’s in the semi-final of the Caley Cup.
Kirkcaldy were clearly up for it with a big pack and took the game to Highland in the opening exchanges. Ryder made some big tackles in the first 5 minutes showing Highland were not intimidated.
Highland made it to the Kirkcaldy 22 and MacNaughton passed to Doherty who scored in the corner. From the re-start and resulting scrum Doherty kicked ahead and Kirkcaldy failed to clear their lines from under their posts. Highland recycled the ball and moved it wide with quick passes from Dinnes, Henry & Cruickshank to Maclennan who scored in the corner.
Carson kicked a penalty deep into the Kirkcaldy half and Highland setup a drive from the line-out and Maclean carried over for Highland's third try of the half. With penalties against Highland mounting they found themselves under pressure and a crash ball from an opposition prop saw Kirkcaldy crash over for their first try of the day.
In the second-half more penalties against Highland resulted in a scrappy period of play with neither side able to dominate. Nearing the end of the match Highland had a line-out on Kirkcaldy’s 5m line and Dinnes mid lineout gathered and drove over Highland’s fourth try. Carson k
icked two conversions. Off to the final on the 30th April in St Andrews. Well done lads.