SKY PIRATES TAKE AERIAL ROUTE TO VICTORY
July 1st, 2019
Report by Bill Campbell
Photos courtesy Duncolm Photography
East Kilbride Pirates 52 – Aberdeen Roughnecks 06
With closest rivals Northumberland having won earlier in the day, the Pirates knew that a win was essential in this encounter. Aberdeen had given EK a tough game back in Week 1 and a similar challenge was expected in the return fixture. However, despite a strong run defence, the Roughnecks had no answer to the Pirates’ passing game.
An early Ker Stuart fumble recovery immediately gave the Pirates good field position and two plays later QB Neil Baptie passed to Fraser McDonald for a 34-yard TD, before deputy kicker Ross Liddell saw his PAT attempt charged down. An exchange of punts pushed the home side back to their own 11-yard line, however completions to James Lightbody of 29 then 55 yards soon added to the scoring. Liddell’s kick was again blocked, leaving the Pirates 12-0 ahead at that point. They soon regained possession following a strip sack by Gordon Wallace and recovery by Nicky Smith. The resulting drive concluded with a Baptie 4-yard TD pass to Angus Mackintosh. A third blocked PAT held the score to 18-0 at the end of the first period and also marked the end of Liddell’s extra point duty.
EK’s first drive of the second quarter came to a halt when a Baptie pass was picked off in his own half. An 8-play drive by the Roughnecks was duly finished off with a 2-yard TD pass from Chris Breen to Rhys Emslie, but the attempted 2PAT pass was incomplete. The Pirates’ response was immediate and a 48-yard Baptie- Antonio Capasso pass was held up just short of the goal line before Baptie ran in the TD from 3 yards. Another strip sack by Wallace quickly had the Pirates’ offence back on the field and the lead was extended on an 8-yard Montgomerie-McDonald connection, leaving the half time score at 30-6 in favour of EKP.