Morpeth U15s 26 Percy Park U15s 21 County Cup Quarter-finals
MORPETH RFC’s U15s team’s historic season continued on Sunday with their first 15-a-side victory over Percy Park RFC.
This followed on from a number of convincing wins this season, including their first victory against Tynedale RFC in October.
Sunday’s match against Percy Park started at a blistering pace, with backs and forwards involved in strong attacking and defensive plays.
Despite an evenly-fought first few minutes, it was the visitors who opened the scoring with some decisive running from their powerful fly-half.
Morpeth came back with heads held high and Chris Donaghy opened the scoring for the Mitford Road team.
He collected the ball from a ruck and then skilfully dodged past the opposition to place the ball down.
They touched down again after swift passing from the backs, which was finished off by Josh Rusby just beside the Percy Park posts. Rory Smith struck the ball cleanly between the uprights.
From the restart the game became even more intense with strong drives from William McCubbin, Archie Singer and Ben Wade pushing the Morpeth team deep into the Percy Park half.
The forwards drove on with Reece Whitworth and then Harry Young setting the ball from the floor, which was eventually pounced on by William Shotton for another Morpeth try – duly converted by Smith.
Percy Park scored just before the end of the first half leaving the match too close to call at 19-14 to Morpeth.
The second half was epic in its intensity and power play.
Both teams defended and attacked with passion and resilience and Morpeth broke the deadlock with Rory Smith breaking through a number of tackles to score a try in the far corner, which he skilfully converted.
Minutes later, Park answered back with a try of their own leaving the score at 26-21 to Morpeth.
With what seemed an eternity still to play, Morpeth hung onto their lead with a resolute performance of tackling, driving and solid defensive play.
As the final whistle echoed across the pitch, an elated Morpeth team celebrated their first victory against Percy Park and pondered who they might meet in the next round of the cup.
Head Coach Colin Belfield described the game as the highlight of his coaching career and praised the excellent teamwork and tenacity of the whole team who were all, collectively, given the man-of-the-match award.
The coaching team praised the whole squad of players for the role each and every one of them had played in this historic victory.