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Old rivalries were renewed in what was a keenly awaited game.
Both teams have admirable records this year and a tight game was expected.
A strong crosswind was to prove significant throughout the game.
After 5 minutes, Carlisle were first on the scoreboard….a chip through by Dom McGrath was chased down by fellow speed merchant Ryan Ivers to score.
Mike Fearon made a good kick to take the score to 7 – 0.
There then followed a period of mid-field stalemate, with the referee’s whistle being frequently used. The deadlock was broken after 25 minutes, when a sudden change of pace and direction saw Adam Robertson break through the middle of the Penrith line to score under the posts. Tom McMann converted.
Penrith came back strongly, and good forward play almost saw them drive over.
They were rewarded minutes later when good handling led to a well-worked try under the posts.
The conversion brought the score to 14 – 7.
On the stroke of half time, more good handling allowed Penrith a second try, which was well converted from the touchline.
Half time Carlisle…..14 14…..Penrith
The second half saw more of the same, with neither team dominating, and both defending and tackling well.
In the whole of the second half, each team had a single clear-cut try scoring chance.
Carlisle’s hearts were in mouths twice, as Penrith saw two penalty attempts from distance, fail in the crosswind.
A thoroughly entertaining game ended all square, not even the harshest critic could have separated the teams.
The trophy was shared between (as the records show) the two best performing under 16 teams in the County this year.
Final score……….Carlisle 14 – 14 Penrith