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.