Following a 66 - 5 win over Haddington in their first Edinburgh District League encounter the previous week the Gala Red Triangle U15 side travelled to Linlithgow on Sunday for their second league match and came away with a richly deserved 36 - 17 victory.
Gala looked like being in for a long afternoon with Linlithgow applying all the early pressure, for which they were rewarded with an unconverted try after five minutes. The restart finally saw the Triangle get themselves on the front foot,. Pressure on the Linlithgow catcher saw them conceded a penalty which the ever aware scrum half Lachlan Johnston, took quickly setting his backs in motion. When Linlithgow conceded another penalty when centre Daniel Nicholson was tackled 5 metres out, Johnston, on hand again, quickly released Gary Robertson who drove over for try which he duly converted.
The Triangle boys then proceeded to dominate the rest of the first half running in three further tries two of which were converted for a half time lead of 26 - 5. The forwards winning quick first and second phase ball to supply a back division who were eager to run and whose handling was first class.
The second try was scored by Keith Young who was put clear 25 m out after Linlithgow finally ran out of defenders following some great support play by both backs and forwards alike. Try three was of a similar nature with Gary Robertson being the beneficiary on this occasion strolling in from 5 metres out.
The fourth try, which was probably the pick of the day, was scored directly from the restart after the third. The forwards secured the ball, which was then released quickly to the backs, centre Gary Beaumont broke clear and with three defenders converging on him down the touchline he slipped a sublime pass back inside to Keith Young, who had angled his run perfectly, and went in untouched.
The second half was effected by rain but the Triangle continued to have the upper hand managing to score two more tries. The Ruairi Howarth getting the first following good work by Johnston and Callum Hunter in harassing and overturning the ball following a Linlithgow scrum on their 5 metre line. The Gala final try of the day saw Keith Young step inside his man on the wing and complete his hat trick the ball having been moved along the backline after great work by the Gala scrum who disrupted a Linlithgow put-in and then secured there own ball from the ensuing scrum. Linlithgow to their credit never gave up and scored two tries , either side of the Triangles two to make the final score 36 -17.
Coach Yeomans was pleased with his teams efforts on the day, mentioning the handling of the back division and the work rate of the forwards particularly the front row who knuckled down against a much heavier unit.
GRT: K Young, K Shillinglaw, D Nicholson, G Beaumont, J Berry, R Howarth, L Johnston, B Purves, D Moir, G Yeomans, J Brown, E Pflug, E Duncan, C Hunter, G Robertson.