GHA secured a bonus point victory over Greenock Wanderers in an enthralling end to a game which will go down as one of the most dramatic finishes in GHA history.
Greenock Wanderers took a 5 to nil lead after 5 minutes when Hefin O’Hare was turned over having made an excellent break from deep.
The GHA defence was in disarray as Greenock spun it wide to their left wing who dove over in the corner.
The two teams were evenly matched but Greenock’s prowess at the break down was the decisive factor for 70 minutes as they turned GHA over time and time again.
O’Hare was forced from the field with an injury which meant a reshuffle in the GHA back line.
Greenock scored a second before the half was out, with GHA fly half Tane Jericevich slotting two penalties to keep GHA in touch but down 13 to 6 at the half.
The second half started badly for GHA as turn over ball once again allowed Greenock to stretch GHA out wide with their ever dangerous centre McGroarty who made yards up the left hand touch line before off loading to his winger to score his second of the afternoon.
The GHA forwards brought GHA back within a score as Ryan Jenkins went over from a rolling maul. 20 to 13 to Greenock. Turn over ball once again allowed Greenock to stretch their lead once more and hand them what looked an unassailable 27 to 13 lead with a little over 15 minutes remaining.
Cue a remarkable ending. The GHA forwards, led by the teenage trio of James Malcolm (17), Scott Gallagher (18) and Grant MacDonald (18) hammered the Greenock defense scoring two tries in quick succession. The first saw Andy Henderson stretch over as he broke through inside the Greenock 22, the second came from another rolling maul which allowed Robbie Glen to go over and Tane Jericevich leveled the scores at 27 all. There was 5 minutes remaining and GHA could sense a dramatic victory was on the cards. GHA worked the ball up the field with some excellent phase play and as the clock ticked over the 80 minute mark, Jamie Auld found a half gap and bull dozed his way over for the winner and a bonus point. Tane kicked the conversion to give himself a perfect 6 from 6 for the day. Next week GHA travel to Dumfries for what is sure to be another tight encounter at one of the most difficult away venues on the fixture list.