GHA — all the way

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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.

GHA looked like they were heading for a second straight defeat having trailed 27-13 with just 15 minutes left.

But led by their forwards GHA rallied and scored two quick tries in succession from Andy Henderson and Robbie Glen leveling the scores at 27 all.

Then in added on time the Braidholm side nicked the win and the bonus point with Jamie Auld scoring the winning try.

GHA Captain Andy Henderson feels the team showed great team spirit after coming back to win.

He said: “The guys showed great character, showed a bit of confidence and belief that we could come back.

“After we scored two tries to level it the momentum was with us and we were lucky that we just had enough time for Jamie Auld to barge over and score the winning try.”

Greenock Wanderers took a 5 to nil lead after five 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 drove 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 to make it 20-13 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 five 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 bulldozed his way over for the winner.

Tane kicked the conversion to give himself a perfect six from six for the day.

Next week GHA travel to Dumfries for what is sure to be another tight encounter at one of the most difficult venues on the fixture list.

GHA captain Andy Henderson believes the team will have to be at their best to get the victory.

He said: “We know from last season it will be a very tough game. They have some big strong forwards and have good backs as well.

“We know it is going to be a tough test and it is difficult to play down at their patch. There are no easy games in this league and every game we have to be at our best.”