Ally Donaldson pays tribute to Currie’s commitment

Currie head coach Ally Donaldson.  Picture: Ian Rutherford

Currie head coach Ally Donaldson. Picture: Ian Rutherford

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The Malleny Park men have endured a difficult start to the campaign and the situation was not helped by injuries which forced Donaldson to shuffle his starting line up.

And they looked to be heading for a sixth successive defeat when they conceded three early tries. Despite a touchdown from Joe Reynolds, converted by George Horne, who also slotted a penalty, Currie trailed 19-10 at half-time. But the young stand off turned out to be the match winner when he converted a Mark Cairns try then booted two penalties to clinch a 23-22 victory.

“They showed great commitment and heart. It was really satisfying, particularly as we were forced into making a couple of late changes,” said a delighted Donaldson.

Boroughmuir assumed top spot in the RBS National League with a 43-6 win at Selkirk. The Meggetland men chalked up six tries, with Alex Cox bagging another brace – his third double in as many weeks – and he was joined on the score sheet by Johnny Latta, Greig Scott, Rob Cairns and Sam Johnson, with Dave Reekie contributing the other points from five conversions and a penalty.

’Muir’s win, combined with a defeat for erstwhile league leaders Watsonians on their trip to meet Kelso, means Bruce Aitchison’s side now have a three-point advantage at the head of the table.

’Sonians appeared to be in good shape when they reached the interval with a 24-13 advantage. Ewen Miller touched down twice, while Ally Ledingham and Ramsay Young had one apiece and Mike Ker kicked all four conversions and a penalty.

But a converted try in the final minute saw the Borderers home 32-31, albeit the Myreside men returned home with two bonus points to their credit and a clash with ’Muir at Meggetland on Saturday to focus the mind in training this week.

Stewart’s Melville returned from their trip to face Hillhead/Jordanhill with a 31-13 win and all five league points in the bag.

The top performance in Championship Division B was at Stoneyhill where Musselburgh downed Howe of Fife 24-14 to move into second spot. Tries from Ian Macintosh, Lance Gahan and Fraser Sutherland together with a string of kicks from Danny Owenson moved ’Burgh into a 24-9 lead and they held off a strong finish from the visitors to remain hard on the heels of pacesetters Jedforest.

Haddington produced a battling effort to post a second win of the campaign when they saw off Aberdeenshire 24-17 at Neilson Park. Livingston posted win number three of the campaign when they were 22-18 winners at Murrayfield Wanderers with teenager Kerr Anderson marking his debut for Livvi with a touchdown. That result leaves Wanderers at the foot of the table after Hawick YM, who had previously occupied the basement slot, chalked up a 38-7 success at home to Lasswade.

The Malleny Park men have endured a difficult start to the campaign and the situation was not helped by injuries which forced Donaldson to shuffle his starting line up.

And they looked to be heading for a sixth successive defeat when they conceded three early tries. Despite a touchdown from Joe Reynolds, converted by George Horne, who also slotted a penalty, Currie trailed 19-10 at half-time. But the young stand off turned out to be the match winner when he converted a Mark Cairns try then booted two penalties to clinch a 23-22 victory.

“They showed great commitment and heart. It was really satisfying, particularly as we were forced into making a couple of late changes,” said a delighted Donaldson.

Boroughmuir assumed top spot in the RBS National League with a 43-6 win at Selkirk. The Meggetland men chalked up six tries, with Alex Cox bagging another brace – his third double in as many weeks – and he was joined on the score sheet by Johnny Latta, Greig Scott, Rob Cairns and Sam Johnson, with Dave Reekie contributing the other points from five conversions and a penalty.

’Muir’s win, combined with a defeat for erstwhile league leaders Watsonians on their trip to meet Kelso, means Bruce Aitchison’s side now have a three-point advantage at the head of the table.

’Sonians appeared to be in good shape when they reached the interval with a 24-13 advantage. Ewen Miller touched down twice, while Ally Ledingham and Ramsay Young had one apiece and Mike Ker kicked all four conversions and a penalty.

But a converted try in the final minute saw the Borderers home 32-31, albeit the Myreside men returned home with two bonus points to their credit and a clash with ’Muir at Meggetland on Saturday to focus the mind in training this week.

Stewart’s Melville returned from their trip to face Hillhead/Jordanhill with a 31-13 win and all five league points in the bag.

The top performance in Championship Division B was at Stoneyhill where Musselburgh downed Howe of Fife 24-14 to move into second spot. Tries from Ian Macintosh, Lance Gahan and Fraser Sutherland together with a string of kicks from Danny Owenson moved ’Burgh into a 24-9 lead and they held off a strong finish from the visitors to remain hard on the heels of pacesetters Jedforest.

Haddington produced a battling effort to post a second win of the campaign when they saw off Aberdeenshire 24-17. Livingston posted win number three of the campaign when they were 22-18 winners at Murrayfield Wanderers with teenager Kerr Anderson marking his debut for Livvi with a touchdown. That result leaves Wanderers at the foot of the table.