West U18 League
Oban Lorne U18s 40-19 Marr
Oban Lorne U18s welcomed Marr RFC to glorious conditions at Glencruitten on Sunday for the second meeting between the sides this season. Oban had recorded an impressive 24-17 win against Marr in Troon earlier this season and were hoping for a repeat score line on Sunday with a strong squad available.
Despite having the long travel in their legs Marr started the stronger of the two sides and dominated to opening exchanges to lead 7-0 after 12 minutes of play.
Oban had their first period of pressure form the restart with the ball eventually reaching second row Craig Cook in midfield who showed off a lovely dummy and sidestep to finish off under the posts. Angus Neil converted to tie the score at 7-7.
The home side buoyed by Cooks Try were growing into the game with the forwards creating good ball for Sandy Bavington at Scrum Half and Angus Neil at Stand Off to release a dangerous backline.
Oban took the lead on 25 minutes with Kieron Morrison picking and going from a 5 metre scrum and finishing off with ease. 14-7 to Oban.
Jordan Norman came off the bench and immediately had an impact to the game with a couple of trademark powerful runs putting the Marr defence on the backfoot. A third run from Norman brought Obans third try of the afternoon from the Centre extending Obans lead to 21-7.
Oban were playing well with good carries from the likes of man of the match Craig Cook an Alister Lilley putting Marr under pressure. The home side were aided with the appearance of Centre David Cameron in the second half who played 50 minutes for the 1st XV on Saturday meaning he could play the whole second half of Sundays game.
The head was extended to 28-7 early in the second half with Anus Neil embarking on a solo darting run round the defence to finish off a great individual try for his side. Marr responded on the hour mark narrowing the gap to 14 points before Angus Neil was at hand again finishing off a good move put wide to score on the left wing.
Both sides traded scores in the closing exchanges with Robert McLaughlin crossing for Oban while the visitors claimed a late consolation.
In the end it was a superb team performance from Oban with the four Lochaber boys impressing as well as standout performances from Craig Cook and Angus Neil.
Sundays win lifts the team into third place in the league. Oban U18s next home game is on Saturday 1st of September as they welcome Bishopton/ Cambuslang to Glencruitten. Kick off 2pm.