Match Report – Keighley vs Skolars

1st July 2021

BetFred League 1 – 27 June 2021

Keighley Cougars 34 London Skolars 22

Skolars again got into a good position, leading twice,but ended up losing to a more experience Keighley side.

They were the first to score with Tom Firth scooting over from dummy half after a high kick by Jacon Thomas had created problems in the Cougars’ defence and giving Skolars a repeat set starting ten metres from the tryline.

However, the home side also scored from a second consecutive set after a Skolars’ error. Jake Slngsby finished off the move diving over in the left corner although Jack Miller’s conversion hit the posts.

Neil Thorman kicked an early 40-20 to put his side in a good attacking position, which saw them move the ball to the left for Kam Pearce-Paul to score the opening try, with Thorman adding the conversion. After a Jacob Thomas run, Mike Bishay twice forced goal-line drop-outs, but Skolars couldn’t find a gap in the defence. Samoan international Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e was in support to take the final pass from Dan Parker for their second try. His son came on later in the game, the first time Skolars have played against father and son in the same game.

Skolars were having to defend, conceding two goal-line drop-outs, but their next attacking move saw Thomas through a long pass to Jermaine Coleman with Iliess Macani joining the line to create an overlap for Lameck Juma to touchdown. Neil Thorman, playing his 100th game for the club converted to give Skolars the lead.

However, that was shortlived. Skolars conceded a penalty on their own line, Miller taking a quick penalty catching them unawares and squeezed past the defence to lead at half-time.

Keighley extended their lead after the break through a penalty before Brendan Santi crashed over, Skolars again not being alert after a stoppage in play, this time an injury to Jake Webster. Santi added a second just after the hour mark, but Skolars tried to fight back. First Dalton Grant chipped the ball five metres out, racing past the defence to touchdown, then Lameck Juma took advantage when the home side paused when the ball went loose, the referee didn’t stop play and he went over for his second try.

However, it was Keighley who had the final say kicking another penalty after Mike Greenhalgh was sin-binned for a high tackle.

COUGARS

1 Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e

2 Mo Agoro

4 Taylor Prell

32 Aiden Sccully

34 Josh Slingsby

15 Scott Murrell

7 Jack Miller

20 Brenden Santi

9 Kyle Kesik

12 Dan Parker

3 Jake Webster

30 Morgan Robinson

13 Arron Levy

1 Gabe Fell

Subs (all used)

19 Billy Gaylor

21 Alfie Seeley

25 Ben Stead

33 Phoenix Laulu-Togaga’e

Tries: Slingsby (10), Q Laulu-Togaga’e (18), Miller (33), Santi (50,61)

Goals: Miller 7/8

LONDON SKOLARS

1 Iliiess Macabi

4 Errol Carter

2 Omari Caro

4 Dalton Grant

5 Greg Johnson

6 Jacob Thomas

7 Jermaine Coleman

15 Malikhi Lloyd-Jones

9 Tom Firth

18 Matt Ross

12 Lameck Juma

11 Kam Peace-Paul

13 Mike Greenhalgh

Subs (all used)

19 Christian Gale

23 Neil Thorman

12 Lamont Bryan

8 Judd Greenhalgh

Tries: Firth (6), Juma (29,77), Grant (68)

Goals: Caro 1/1, Thorman 2/3

Penalty count: 0-4

Half-time: 16-12

Referee: Brad Milligan

SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-6, 4-6,10-6,10-12, 16-12; 18-12, 24-12, 24-12, 32-12, 32-16, 32-22, 34-


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