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March 06, 2005

Ulster 30 - 3 Glasgow Warriors

Celtic League match played at Ravenhill on Friday March 4th 2005 | 3 comments

Calvin Howarth scored Glasgow's only points
Glasgow's quest to boost their Celtic Cup qualification chances was undermined by a dismal second-half display at Ravenhill last night.

The visitors had produced a stirring early display to keep the scoreline level at the break, however two defensive lapses in quick succession allowed Ulster to seize control when it mattered most.

Glasgow pinned the home side back in their own 22 for the first ten minutes, but for all their positive effort they could only snatch three points when Calvin Howarth kicked a penalty after good work from Scott Lawson, Graeme Beveridge and Steve Swindall.

Ulster were spurred into action, and a surge from Kieran Campbell and Paul Shields soon forced Glasgow into giving away a penalty, which was converted by Adam Larkin.

While the Irishmen continued to enjoy territorial advantage, Glasgow still looked menacing on the break. Play continued to flow from end to end, with both Larkin and Howarth missing penalties before the interval.

Ulster came out of the blocks quickest and stormed back into the attack from the restart, edging in front with Larkinís next penalty. The score came in the wake of a powerful line-out drive following a break from Matt McCullough.

However, Glasgow replied in positive fashion with several slick midfield moves, but again they couldn't make real inroads against the solid home defence and a try still evaded them.

Then came the double blow which effectively ended the match as a contest. First, the sniping Campbell created the time and space for prop Simon Best to plough over, with Larkin adding the conversion.

Glasgow's marking frailties were shown up again on the hour mark when winger Tommy Bowe brushed off four ineffective challenges to reach the line from 35 metres out.

Test centre Kevin Maggs added Ulster's third try immediately after Glasgow substitute Ben Prescott was yellow carded. And Howe's stoppage-time touchdown, goaled by Paddy Wallace, earned a precious bonus point.

Report by Marion Trace from The Scotsman

Referee N Ownes (Wales)
Attendance 6215
Man of the Match not applicable
Kevin Tkachuk
Scott Lawson
Andrew Kelly
Andy Hall
Dan Turner
Steve Swindall
Cammy Mather
Paul Dearlove
Graeme Beveridge
Calvin Howarth
Gareth Maclure
Scott Barrow
Graeme Morrison
Rory Lamont
Colin Shaw
Fergus Thomson
Ben Prescott
Joe Beardshaw
Andy Wilson
Sam Pinder
Andrew Henderson
Kenny Logan
Match Substitutions
Off On
Graeme Beveridge Sam Pinder
Off On
Andrew Kelly Ben Prescott
Off On
Steve Swindall Andy Wilson
Off On
Colin Shaw Kenny Logan
Off On
Scott Barrow Andrew Henderson
Off On
Dan Turner Joe Beardshaw
Off On
Scott Lawson Fergus Thomson
Off On
Paul Dearlove Andrew Kelly
Off On
Andrew Kelly Paul Dearlove
Calvin Howarth Penalty
Posted by Phall on March 7, 2005 05:35 PM | Reply to this comment

Monday afternoon and the pain won't go away.

Posted by Alan on March 8, 2005 10:01 PM | Reply to this comment

Tuesday night and still hurting. 3-3 half time ..on for the bonus point at least and maybe a win.. away!!! Why did we make them look good?

Posted by Phall on March 9, 2005 11:14 AM | Reply to this comment

One of the worst things was standing in the Gents after the game and listening to how bad it had been from to Ulster fans. It took me a while to realise they thought Ulster had played badly!

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