A large crowd assembled at Tillicoultry Public Parks on Saturday for this opening derby fixture in the Tennent’s Caledonia Regional Division 1 clash.
The wind was blowing a gale along the foot of the Ochils and Alloa chose to play with the wind at their backs in the first half and after only 5 minutes a good handling move out wide resulted in an early Alan Keir try, which was converted by Lee Cairney. However, the home side soon replied with a try of their own from a series of pick and drives in the Alloa “22.
The blowy conditions did make for a rather stop start affair and Alloa probably shaded the opening 40 minutes, but were left wondering whether 2 perfectly struck penalties from Lee Cairney for a 13 – 5 half time lead, was going to be enough to take into the second period.
As expected, the home side did dominate territory in the second half, but Alloa were bravely trying to defend their lead and it took a nice bit of play by the “foots back division to score with 25 minutes remaining and reduce the deficit to 3 points. However, any hope of hanging on for an away victory was soon quashed when they leaked 3 further tries before the final whistle.
The local side deservedly picked up the newly introduced McGill Cup and both sides put on a performance that would have made the late Councillor McGill proud.