PIRATES’ DICK PICKS REPEL VIKING ATTACKERS
(Seriously, have you ever seen a better match report title? – Eds)
June 10th, 2019
Report by Bill Campbell
Photos courtesy Duncolm Photography
Northumberland Vikings 05 – 08 East Kilbride Pirates
The Pirates held on in this low-scoring contest to record their fifth straight win. That success was due in no small part to their Defense, who contributed no fewer than four second half interceptions to help ensure the victory. DB Chris Dick led the way with two of those to maintain the narrow advantage.
The game started well for EK, with Mark Stewart recovering a fumble on the second play of the game. However, despite quickly moving to 1st-and-goal, a penalty stymied their progress and a Sam Montgomerie pass fell incomplete on 4th Down. The first period continued in a similar vein, with neither Offense able to gather any momentum. On the last drive of the Quarter, the Pirates did finally put some plays together. The 10-play drive was noticable for two things.
Firstly Montgomerie was felled by a late hit, and despite subsequently clearing the concussion protocol, took no further part in the match for precautionary reasons. Then, with Andrew Meechan in at QB, the drive continued and as the quarter ended, EK were knocking on the door of the endzone, with 1st-and-goal from the 6 yard line.
First play of Q2 saw Meechan pass to Struan Bailey for the go-ahead TD. Greg Atkinson’s PAT kick was charged down, but the Pirates at last had their noses in front. That advantage was further increased on the next drive when a high Vikings’ punt snap flew out the back of the endzone for a Safety. The pattern of defensive dominance continued for the remainder of the half, with both sides restricted to a single Field Goal attempt each. The home side saw a well-struck 42-yarder drift just left of the upright, while Atkinson had a 25-yard kick blocked to end the half.