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November 02, 2007

Glasgow Warriors 25 - 6 Ulster

Celtic League match played at Firhill on Friday November 2nd 2007 | 4 comments

Parksy and Muffles scored all Glasgow's points in the win over Ulster
Andrew Henderson claimed a late try to hoist Glasgow into the upper reaches of the Magners League.

The wobbly Warriors had looked in danger of blowing their early lead over basement side Ulster in a frantic Firhill battle.

But Scotland centre Andy Henderson came up trumps when it mattered - and now Sean Lineen's troops can prepare in good heart for their Heineken Cup opener against Saracens.

Glasgow Warriors made an urgent start with Argentinian full-back Bernardo Stortoni deceiving the Ulster defence with a clever chip-and-chase.

But the momentum was surrendered when they were penalised for illegal binding at the next scrum.

Warriors maintained the initiative and were rewarded with three points from the boot of Dan Parks.

He confidently slotted from 40 metres after touch-judge Rob Dickson spotted Ulster's World Cup scrum-half Isaac Boss aiming at punch at home skipper Alastair Kellock.

The visitors were handed an instant chance to level the scores when John Beattie was guilty of a shoulder-first challenge.

And the Glasgow fans heaved a sigh of relief as they watched veteran David Humphreys send his effort wide of the far post.

Warriors returned to attacking mode and Parksy doubled their advantage after the Province pack killed the ball at a ruck.

Within two minutes, Parksy had struck again from dead in front of the posts as Australian Justin Harrison sneaked offside during a home raid.

Dan's sequence of success came to a halt when he miscued a snap drop-goal attempt from close range.

Glasgow continued to hold the upper hand, but their finishing could not match their slick build-up work.

Dan was quickly back in the groove, however, taking his penalty tally to four with a terrific 45-metre effort.

Ulster rallied in the final stages of the half, however a combination of stout home defence and sloppy handling prevented them from reducing the Glasgow lead.

The visitors looked sharper after the restart and Humphreys broke their duck with a simple kick.

Parksy had the opportunity to restore Glasgow's advantage, but to the surprise of everyone in the stadium he fired wildly past the upright.

And the game was back in the melting pot as Humphreys hit the target for the second time to set up a tense finale.

Dan's erratic performance continued as he fluffed another drop-goal bid - then spilled the ball a metre short of the line.

Between times, Johnnie Beattie was blocked just short in the wake of a storming charge.

Then with less than 10 minutes left, Muffles snapped up the crucial touchdown in a great move also featuring Sam Pinder and Johnnie Beattie.

Dan Parks eased his jitters by clipping over the conversion - then landed an angled penalty to overtake Ospreys' Gavin Henson and become the second highest scorer in Magners League history behind Humphreys.

He added another in stoppage time for good measure.

Referee A Small(RFU)
Attendance 2631
Man of the Match Chris O'Young
Justin Va'a
Fergus Thomson
Moray Low
Andy Newman
Alastair Kellock
Kelly Brown
John Barclay
John Beattie
Chris O'Young
Dan Parks
Thom Evans
Daryl Gibson
Andrew Henderson
Lome Fa'atau
Bernardo Stortoni
Eric Milligan
Ed Kalman
Dan Turner
James Eddie
Sam Pinder
Scott Barrow
Hefin O'Hare
Match Substitutions
Off On
Chris O'Young Sam Pinder
Off On
Justin Va'a Ed Kalman
Off On
Andy Newman Dan Turner
Off On
Kelly Brown James Eddie
Off On
Andrew Henderson Scott Barrow
Off On
Lome Fa'atau Hefin O'Hare
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Andy Henderson Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Posted by gonesouth on November 3, 2007 07:10 AM | Reply to this comment

Best game of the season so far. The defence was excellent. Alright is was against the team at the bottom of the league!! Sean Lineen's praise at the end of the game was justified for Moray Low and Justin Va'a they were the rocks in the team. Fergus was also very good. I think a couple of games more and the backs will be clicking. So should be alright for the forward dominated game of Saracens next week. Well done guys

Posted by bossco85 on November 3, 2007 12:03 PM | Reply to this comment

That was some performance from the boys last night. The back row was just immense! We r really developing a strong side now and if we continue to play like that this season could be a good one! A brilliant performance from all involved, shame to see Humphries play so poorly, he isnt the man he once was. Well done boys, on to the sarries!

Posted by mediumsizedal on November 3, 2007 10:26 PM | Reply to this comment

Agree it was a good performance-back row were good, but scrum is not yet settled-they gave away too many penalties. Defence was good and Stortoni looks better with each game. Team as a whole is heading in the right direction-let's hope for a positive result against Saracens !! Can't see why Ulster were so poor-they have a good team on paper & shouldn't be bottom of league. Humphries does seem to have no confidence & was a shadow of the player he was in previous seasons-sad to see a really good footballer perform so poorly (although it was to Glasgow's benefit).

Posted by john b on November 5, 2007 11:03 PM | Reply to this comment

it was a genenrally all round good showing from the lads. the defnece especially is looking in good shape this year, and the attacking game can only get better as the team plays more games together. early signs are that stortoni looks a great find, another good display on friday. bring on the sarries

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