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Glasgow Tigers 0 Newcastle Vikings 7

May 8th 2016

The Tigers welcomed the Vikings to Lochinch, and both teams and officials held a minutes applause in memory of Alan Wilson as the Tigers played their first competitive home game since the former head coach and official sadly passed away last September.

The game started out and quickly it was obvious that this was to be a defensive battle between the sides. Glasgow defensive end Kami Toman stopped the first Newcastle scoring chance when he crashed through some blockers to disrupt a Vikings field goal attempt. Then the Tigers moved the ball well to just inside the five yard line but were unable to score as the Newcastle defence held on.

In the second quarter things opened up a bit more with Vikings running back Jonathan Mbuyi giving the Tigers defence a hard time and then Newcastle quarterback Nick Whitehead avoided a few tackles to spur on his team. Then Whitehead launched a huge pass to wideout Odira Ejibe, who outran the Tigers defence for the touchdown. The extra point was kicked by Daniel Sowerby and the Vikings led 7 – 0. The Newcastle side then recovered an onside kick to keep possession but the Glasgow defence, with some excellent work in particular from Pat McReynolds and Stevie Munro stopped any further scoring.

In the third quarter both sides put some good drives together, but again the defensive units were in control. The Tigers had a turnover when Dean Jardine forced a fumble and safety Scott McIntosh recovered the ball. This gave the Glasgow side some momentum, but again the drive ended with the Vikings defence holding firm.

In the last minute of the fourth quarter, Dean Jardine threw a nice pass to Paddy O’Donnell to set the Tigers up for a chance to score but the next pass was incomplete and the Tigers ran out of time. It was a close and hard fought game which both side took positives from.

The Tigers next fixture is on the 15th May when they travel to Carlisle.

Photos courtesy of Al Goold Photography.

Vikings QB Nick Whitehead had an excellent game, with his elusiveness in the pocket being particularly impressive.

Tigers WR Robert Morrison catches a short pass and attempts to break through the Newcastle Defence.