Keighley Cougars Reserves 56-8 South Wales Ironmen Reserves Match Report by James Smith (@JamesSmith_LTU)
The second game of the annual Keighley Cougars family fun day saw South Wales Ironmen reserves make the long trip up to West Yorkshire and Cougar Park to face the Keighley Cougars reserves.
Cougars got off to a magnificent start as Aidan Scully finished off a fluid move to touch over in the corner, after he latched on to Rikki Sheriffe’s simple pass for the first try of the game.
Despite Cougars pressure, the next significant event in the game was an injury to Ironmen Loose Forward, Rhys Davies, who’s afternoon was done after being tackled by Sheriffe.
South Wales then shocked the Cougars by equalling the score as Yousif Sullimun went over in the corner after the home side failed to capitalise on their early lead.
Cougars restored their slender advantage with the first converted try of the day. Good work in the centre before some nice footwork set Luke Walters away as he crashed in under the posts to make the score 10-4.
The home side settled down and added to their lead after a magnificent kick from scrum-half Adam Brook saw Ash Hutchinson to score his first and Cougars’ third.
Cougars were pegged back once more as Lee Goddard found space in which to touch over to reduce the gap three minutes from the whistle.
Keighley still found time to score again, though. Relentless pressure from the home side led to Luke Walters doubling his tally to send Cougars in 22-6 at half time after Callum Smithson’s conversion.
Cougars started the second half in the same vein as they ended the first with some scintillating rugby from Gavin Reed and Lewis Davey sent Jack Brown over for a simple try.
Sheriffe was then involved once more, his routine pass allowed Scully to skip through South Wales’ defence to effectively secure Cougars’ first win of the season.
Cougars scored three times in quick succession, Josh Casey, Ryan Price and Calvin Barker all touched down to make the score 50-8.
Aidan Scully then went over for his hat-trick, capitalising on more slack defending from the Ironmen to extend the hosts’ lead.
That proved to be the last try of the game, Cougars got their first win, while South Wales remain pointless as the game ended 56-8.
COUGARS: Barker, Davey, Casey, Sheriffe, Scully, Smithson, Brook, Cherryholme, Walters, Price, Pickering, Sagar, Reed. Subs: Brown, Adams, Rawlinson, Hutchinson.