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Last Updated: Saturday, 27 December, 2003, 17:26 GMT
Edinburgh comeback stuns Glasgow
Brendan Laney was Edinburgh's hero
Brendan Laney was Edinburgh's hero
Glasgow 16-25 Edinburgh

Brendan Laney secured Christmas derby glory for Edinburgh in a dramatic Celtic League tussle at Hughenden.

Glasgow had seemed on course for victory as they built up a 10-point lead by half time.

But Edinburgh mounted a second-half comeback with Laney at the centre of things.

He kept his side in the title race with some excellent kicking and two penalties and a drop goal in the closing moments sealed the victory.

Laney's first drop goal had given Edinburgh an early lead but Glasgow responded with a try from a great crossfield kick from Dan Parks.

Lock Andy Hall easily outjumped Craig Joiner on the far touchline and pounced to touch down. Parks followed up with the conversion from the sideline.

Edinburgh reduced the deficit with a Laney penalty from 35 metres but Parks replied in identical style a few minutes later.

Glasgow ended the half the stronger and Edinburgh were lucky to escape with no more damage before the interval than a Parks drop goal.

But the Warriors suffered a double setback immediately after the restart when Don Macfadyen marked his 100th appearance by being sinbinned for a professional foul. Laney stepped up to knock over the resulting easy penalty to give Edinburgh fresh hope.

But it was their turn to sustain a blow five minutes later when centre Ally Dickson was stretchered off with a serious-looking knee problem.

Edinburgh then went within inches of blowing the contest wide open, with Glasgow indebted to Sean Lamont for pulling off a remarkable last-gasp tackle on Hugo Southwell.

Laney had released skipper Todd Blackadder with a beautifully delivered pass before Marcus Di Rollo raced deep into enemy territory.

Southwell looked certain to score but Lamont appeared from nowhere to haul him down just short of the target.

The home defence did not have an answer two minutes later, however, when Dickson's deputy Philip darted over for the touchdown - giving Laney a simple conversion to equalise before he went on to finish the job.

Glasgow: Stuart Moffat, Gareth Maclure, Graeme Morrison, Andrew Henderson, Sean Lamont, Dan Parks, Graeme Beveridge, Euan Murray, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Andrew Hall, Nathan Ross, Cameron Mather (captain), Jon Petrie, Donnie Macfadyen.
Replacements: Scott Lawson, Andrew Kelly, Joe Beardshaw, Roland Reid, Sam Pinder, Calvin Howarth, Rory Kerr.

Edinburgh: Hugo Southwell, Simon Webster, Marcus Di Rollo, Alistair Dickson, Craig Joiner, Brendan Laney, Graeme Burns, Allan Jacobsen, Dougie Hall, Craig Smith, Nathan Hines, Scott Murray, Todd Blackadder (captain), Allister Hogg, Simon Taylor.
Replacements: Carlo Di Ciacca, Ramin Mathieson, Alastair Kellock, Simon Cross, Mike Blair, Alistair Warnock, Tom Philip.



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