Seconds AIM for Shield SUCCESS
PENRITH will meet Wigton in today’s Cumbria Shield Cup final at Creighton after a nervous win over Carlisle on Wednesday.
PENRITH II 14, CARLISLE II 10
Penrith have twice beaten Carlisle comfortably in the CANDY league this season, but on Wednesday the nerves of a semi-final and a committed performance by Carlisle II, helped by county players Joe Graham and Lewis Boyd, made for a gripping match.
There was a lot of endeavour, but little skill in a frenetic match, leading to a lot of mistakes by both teams.
The game started well for Penrith, who dominated early possession and looked threatening. However, the ball was lost and Carlisle broke upfield and were awarded a penalty after some ill discipline. David Jackson converted.
Gav Oliver went close with two penalties, but Penrith still trailed with 20 minutes gone.
They eventually scored when the ball was quickly recycled and Dave Preston showed excellent hands to release winger Adrian Golbourne for a superb try in the corner, which Oliver converted to give Penrith a 7-3 lead.
Penrith continued to press, but a poor kick resulted in confusion and Carlisle winger Tranton picked up the loose ball to score to give his side a 10-7 half-time lead.
In the early stages of the second half Penrith began to pressurise Carlisle and after good work from Tim Shepherd, Adrian Golbourne barged over for his second try. Oliver’s touchline conversion gave Penrith a 14-10 advantage.
At this stage Carlisle launched attack after attack with Boyd a constant threat, and Penrith defended desperately, with Dean Metcalfe, Gavin Cowe and Dale Siddle to the fore.
The final whistle was most welcome to a tiring Penrith side. The result was spoiled by the late sending off of scrum half Ed Swale for rucking an opponent who was handling the ball on the floor.
Although this was not their best performance of the season, Penrith managed the win and avenged the defeat by Carlisle in last season’s semi-final.