Big start to the year as the only West 1 match in town was the Stewartry v Annan clash to decide the fate of the Chisholm Cup and some West 1 league points.
The Annan lads went into the match as underdogs, but that’s usually the case when you travel to take on the men from Stewartry at the Greenlaw. Annan needed a 7 point win to retain the Chisholm Cup, anything less and Stewartry would regain the Cup.
Just in case you needed clarification, a 1 point win for either team would give them the West 1 points.
To keep it brief, the first half ended 12-3 to Stewartry.
The longer version – Annan took the lead on the 10th minute thanks to a James Bigham penalty but that was as good as it got for Annan in the first half. Two well worked tries from the Greenlaw men, one converted, took the half time score to 12-3
The 2nd half and Annan needed to hopefully a) score next to get back into this match, b) build on that and get the possible win and c) the stretch target, score enough to retain the Chisholm Cup.
Alas none of this occured and it was the always unwanted option d) that happened – a Stewartry win!
Stewartry outscored Annan 12 to 5 and it ended 24 v 8 to Stewartry. The Annan highlight being a James Park try midway through the half, his 2nd for the club.
So congratulations to Stewartry who regain the Chisholm Cup for the 8th time in its 18th outing. Annan are always happy to help with their 50th year celebrations. And same again in 2070 is also not a problem! 🙂
The 1st XV now have to regroup and put this disappointing result behind them as they take on fellow bottom 6 club Irvine at Violetbank next Saturday.