BEVERLEY Under-16's suffered an agonising 8-7 defeat at Keighley in the first round of the Yorkshire Cup.
In the early stages Beverley had the upper hand driving forward and making ground with every play of the ball. Eventually the pressure told and Jasper Ghio forced himself over the line for the first try, Tom Barnard converted.
Beverley continued to dominate and when the ball was spread wide looked dangerous and Harry Gunn was unlucky not to score in the corner.
Beverley were also excellent in the line out winning all the ball and taking Keighley’s cleanly and making ground until they started being consistently penalised for various infringements. Beverley also lost Tom Barnard for the remainder of the game due to injury and needed to reshuffle.
This allowed Keighley to gain some momentum and ground until another infringement in front of the posts allowed the home team to score, leaving the visitors ahead 7-3 at half-time.
The second half was a thriller. Keighley started well and and further penalties allowed the home side to move up the field and score their only try.
With only a point in the game Beverley attacked and Dylan Lee, Ben Ashley and Koppy Phouangsavath all came close with only some heroic last-ditch tackling from Keighley’s defence denying them a victory score. There were plenty of positives and on another day the result could have been totally different.
Man of the Match went to Jasper Ghio, who is growing in stature and causing significant problems in and around the ruck.