Moffat makes history

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WHITECRAIGS laid claim to being the top side in Glasgow with a win against Glasgow Hawks which will count among one of the most important in the club’s history.

In a back and forth RBS west cup tie at old Anniesland that went to extra time, Whitecraigs went through on tries scored as the teams were still tied at 29-29 after 100 minutes.

The powerful pack of the West Lodge side dominated throughout and it was a forward who nabbed an early score when Ben Blaimire touched down, Ally Stevenson soon added a long range penalty.

Hawks fought back with a try from winger Kerr Gossman and a pair of Mikey Martin penalties.

Steven Whittet scored for Craigs and Tom Steven scored for Hawks and the teams went in at half time tied at 16-a-piece.

In the second half, Stevenson and Hamish Hunter scored for Craigs while Gossman scored his second and Mikey Martin added another penalty.

Tied at 26-26 and heading into extra time, Craigs feared the worst when prop Iain Laidlaw was red-carded for stamping.

There was nothing between the teams until utility back Ryan Moffat made the fans’ jaws drop with a superb, long-range drop goal.

Hawks threw everything at Craigs, and were awarded a penalty in the final minute.

The Hawks management team went ballistic as the players chose to go for the posts, despite the fact a draw wasn’t enough to save their cup dream.

Mikey Martin’s penalty secured the draw, but as the match goes to tries scored in the event of a tie, Hawks were out and Craigs were jubilant.

Coach Jim Henderson said: “This is one of my best moments in rugby. It shows what we are capable of.We must build on this.

“I thought Hawks perhaps took us for granted but we knew we’d be able to do damage”.

Commenting on Ryan Moffat’s late drop goal, the dedicated club man added: “Ryan is an engima, he will do stupid things from time to time but then he’ll pull something like that out. It was international class”.

The moment was made even sweeter for Moffat as he played for Hawks as a teenager.

He told ExtraSport: “I hit it sweetly but I had to turn away, it was only when I saw the reaction of the crowd that I knew it had gone over.

“The determination and dedication is there, we need to stay at this level and build on the momentum. There are three games left in the league and it’s very important we remain in Premier 2”.

Whitecraigs will host Ayr in the final on March 10. This Saturday, they visit Peebles in league action.

In Premier 3 this weekend GHA host Haddington and Cartha visit Morgan Academy.

On Saturday, Cartha lost to Ardrossan 30-21.