Old Gaelic hit the road to play Montgomery Bucks (formerly North Penn) for another Spring rugby clash. It looked like things would come easy for the visitors when Brady Reisman split the defense a minute in, and the Kory Harris conversion made it 7-0 early.
However, the Old Gaelic offense stalled from there and Montgomery eventually struck back with a try at 19′. Harris tacked on a penalty kick at 26′, but the home team scored the game’s second try at 32′, converted this time, and took a 12-10 lead.
Old Gaelic regrouped just before the halftime break; a big counter ruck got the good guys possession, they passed out wide, then back across the field to find new wing Alex Schaffer, who dove across the try line in the corner. Harris made the tough conversion and to give OG a 17-12 lead at the break.
Old Gaelic started slow in the second half with a number of nock ons and penalties before the team’s superior athleticism broke through. Center Jase Martin sparked the offense with a long try, then new forward Porter Miller shook off two(!) high tackles to return the ensuing kickoff the distance and build a 29-12 lead. Veteran prop Frank Weaver scored his third try of the season, Captain Hart took over the kicking duties and the visitors grew the lead to 36-12.
Montgomery showed spunk by closing the gap to 36-31, but flanker and former West Shore fly half Jeremy Fisher hit a penalty kick to make it a two possession game in the final moments. Jeff “Cappie” Cook entered the game and sealed the victory with a handful of powerful rucks in the final moments as Old Gaelic ground things down to the final whistle.
Props to Paulie Sommerville who made his first start at eight-man and earned Man of the Match, hooker Sergio Acala who was all over the field doing the dirty work to take home “Viking Hard Hat” of the Match, and Fisher who played another strong game at flanker before rediscovering his fly half roots to hit the decisive penalty kick.