Leigh Under 20s 72 Cougars Under 20s 10
A late change in the match day from Thursday to Wednesday , made the young Cougars job even harder in a game against a Leigh team who like their Senior Counterparts in the Kingstone Championships are unbeaten in the U20s league.
Cougars Coach Dean Muir found his team selection plans in tatters when the day change left him missing a large chunk of his squad due to Prior Work and Education Commitments . Muir and his assistant Scott Lindsay both found themselves on the subs bench and an early eye injury to Hooker Dan Gregory effectively leaving Keighley with one sub further added to the Cougar woes .
Cougars withheld some strong early pressure, repealing home attack after attack with some heroic scrambling defence to keep the game scoreless for the first 15 mins but once Leigh finally crossed the whitewash for the first time the outcome of the game was never going to be in doubt , as age and experience came to the fore ripping through a belegured and bombarded Cougars defence to build a commanding lead.
Despite this the young Cougars never threw in the towel and scored two of the best tries of the evening to regain some pride . Youngster Alfie Seeley finished off a flowing well executed move across the park to squeeze in at the corner , Ben Stead converting in style from the touchline . Full back Andy Gabriel capped a fine individual performance scored the Cougars second after good work from the centre / wing partnership of Joe Brier and Chris Unsworth , Liam Darvile’s conversion effort missing by inches.