ARDROSSAN Accies Minis and Micros travelled to Greenock Wanders RFC on Sunday for a three-team tie between their hosts, themselves and Irvine RFC.

With dry, autumnal conditions and the usual bags of youthful enthusiasm, the rugby playing youngsters put on a wonderful display skill, speed and strength for the spectating crowds.

The young Micros players combined into a large squad and played three successive matches against Greenock and a combined Irvine/Greenock squad. The Ardrossan kids delivered a solid "seven out of 10" performance, according to coach Tommy O’Moore, producing a win, a draw and a loss.

With their Wednesday night training starting to show its benefits, the squad can be delighted with their efforts. Stars of the day for the three matches were Manus Gallanach, Ethan Sweenie and Nathan Guffie, all of whom delivered committed, energetic performances.

P4 had a fine morning’s work with back to back victories against the Greenock and Irvine opposition. Rory Gallacher proved almost impossible for the home defenders to catch, earning star of the day alongside new recruit and rising star Grace Dekker who combined rock-like defence with an uncanny eye for the try line.

The P5 team found things much tougher and lost both of their matches to a well organised Greenock outfit. The Accies kids managed to grab several tries on their route to those defeats, thanks to the constant attacking threat of Calum Monaghan. His companion for star of the day was Keirit Sohal, whose solid tackling didn’t go unnoticed from coaches and crowd alike.

P6 and 7 combined into a large playing squad and slugged it out with Greenock in an abrasive yet entertaining first match.

Greenock used their powerful, physical players to charge through the Accies ranks. Some fearless defending from star Daniel Christie along with the dominant rucking ability of Evie Taylor saw the Accies fight back from and early deficit to sneak a win by five tries to four.

The second match against a spirited Irvine squad was won with a little more breathing space, again after a stronger start from the opposition. As the game wore on the incisive breaks and convincing dummies thrown by star Tom Monaghan opened up the Irvine defence, allowing the crucial tries to roll in.

The next Minis and Micros fixture is at home to Ayr RFC on Sunday, October 29.