Grey­stones run out of steam again

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24, UCD 41: On an In­dian sum­mers day at Dr. Hickey Park, Grey­stones, as they did the pre­vi­ous week against Lans­downe, lost the game in the last 20 min­utes.

Lead­ing 24-14 with 25 min­utes to go, they first had hooker Ja­son Har­ris-Wright sin­binned and as soon as he was back on the field, wing-for­ward Stu­art Ab­bott also re­ceived a yel­low card.

The stu­dents started the bet­ter of the two teams and with two min­utes on the clock they mounted their first at­tack down the Grey­stones right, with prop Ben Bar­cley and sec­ond row Brian Caw­ley com­bin­ing well and only a last-gasp cover from Grey­stones full-back Dave McKech­nie stop­ping what was a cer­tain try, how­ever they re­grouped and with a swift pass from scrum-half Robert Shan­ley, he found cen­tre Cil­lian Lett in space in front of the Grey­stones posts but the No. 13 knocked on to end what had been a promis­ing at­tack.

From the restart ’Stones se­cured the ball with a well-taken ball from sec­ond row Barry Holmes, two phases later and with right-wing Carl Dechnu al­most un­marked, out-half James Power put a di­ag­o­nal, well di­rected kick to him but he was tack­led and al­though the ball was re­cy­cled, the ’Stones at­tack came to nought.

From in­side their half, Lett and Shan­ley mounted an­other at­tack down the right and with Bar­cley once again prom­i­nent, he took the fi­nal pass and al­though tack­led by two Grey­stones play­ers, his bulk took him over the line for a fine try in the right hand cor­ner, Lett was just wide of the posts with his con­ver­sion.

On twenty five min­utes, a great break­out by Grey­stones No. 7 Johnny Downey saw him charge up the right hand side, mak­ing it to the UCD ten me­tre line where he passed in­side to cen­tre Steve Meyer who was then tack­led but UCD were pe­nalised for not al­low­ing him to get up and from the penalty kick Power struck it well to go over for Grey­stones first score to nar­row the gap to five points.

Five min­utes af­ter that Grey­stones scored a try when a Dave McKech­nie run through the mid­dle was stopped but with the col­lege de­fence for once caught flat­footed, hooker Ger Cleary threw a pass to the right with his brother Conor tak­ing it and ad­vanc­ing and giv­ing a well-timed ball to Dechnu to score in the cor­ner with Power adding the con­ver­sion.

Col­lege then had three penal­ties in a row with Lett get­ting two to leave the score at half-time Grey­stones 10, UCD 14.

Ten min­utes into the sec­ond pe­riod a well mounted at­tack with cen­tres Conor Cleary and Steve Meyer put McKech­nie in space and al­though his run was stopped the ball was spun out by scrum-half Dave Pop­plewell with Power go­ing over for the try which he eas­ily con­verted.

The home team were now play­ing well and putting in some good runs and within five min­utes Power had added a sec­ond try which he con­verted.

Now in a com­mand­ing 24 to 14 lead ’Stones, were soon only four points in the lead hav­ing con­ceded two fur­ther penal­ties to the im­pres­sive Lett, then with two quite mar­vel­lous tries from wing Vasilly Artemiev, one ini­ti­ated from be­hind their own goal line with su­perb ef­fi­ciency, the other very sim­i­lar, Grey­stones were in trou­ble and with two min­utes to go and again from deep in­side their own half, it was Lett who ap­plied the coup de grace with a try and con­ver­sion to end ’Stones mis­ery, and end on a per­sonal im­pres­sive 26 points tally in the 41 points win.

With the re­sult and the ex­pected win by Lans­downe over Barn­hall, Grey­stones bow out of the Le­in­ster Se­nior League Cup and have no game sched­uled for next week

Greys­tone’s Dave Pop­plewell starts an at­tack from a scrum against U.C.D.

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