Feb 1 2012 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
WAYSIDERS/DRUMPELLIER under-16s clinched a 17-15 win over Newton Stewart with the last kick of the game.
The Coatbridge outfit fought back at the death on Sunday thanks to Marc Dowling’s try and a Kyle Christie conversion.
Trailing 15-10, it had looked like W/D would be forced to suffer a narrow defeat in a hard-fought contest.
But the home side’s last-gasp heroics turned the match on its head and ensured defeat for the Creesiders.
Newton Stewart opened the scoring with an unconverted try before both teams cancelled each other out for a 15-minute spell.
However, the visitors responded better to the tough conditions and made it 10-0 with a touchdown from their pacey winger in the corner.
Up against it, W/D began to find their feet and managed to reduce the deficit before the interval.
Domination in both territory and possession resulted in a try for powerful prop Stuart Carr although the goal attempt was missed.
And the game was tied early in the second half when, after excellent phases of driving play, second-rower Callum Innes crossed the line.
Christie was off target with his second conversion but his big moment would come in the final seconds.
By then, Newton Stewart were five points clear after a solo score from the halfway line which took advantage of some suspect defending.
However, W/D battled back and sealed a dramatic win following some patient attacking play.
Nine phases of recycled ruck ball moved them near the try-line with a pick and drive from Dowling completing the job.
Christie maintained his composure to kick his first goal of the day – and win the game for his team.
Training is cancelled tomorrow night as the midi section will host its third annual Burns’ Night.
Meanwhile, W/D’s first XV are back in action this Saturday when they host Glasgow High-Kelvinside.
Head Coach Craig Collin will hope the RBS West Division One tussle goes ahead after the cold snap postponed their trip to Lanarkshire rivals East Kilbride.
W/D are in ninth place in the table, eight points ahead of rock-bottom Stewartry and 14 adrift of Annan immediately above them.