Grey­stones claim first victory in Clon­akilty

Bray People - - Bray Sport -

Clon­akilty 13, Grey­stones 14: In pre­vi­ous vis­its to The Vale, Grey­stones best re­sult was a draw in 2006, but on this oc­ca­sion they fi­nally nailed the hoodoo with a nar­row one point victory over the West Cork side.

The vis­i­tors had a num­ber of in­jury wor­ries go­ing into the game with both John Rowe and fel­low prop Stephen Snell sideined, while in the back divi­sion they were also without cen­tre Aaron Higgs and scrumhalf Dave Pop­plewell but their re­place­ments Kevin Moes, Neil Hop­kins, Conor Ceary and De­clan Grif­fen were not found want­ing.

Af­ter the ini­tial open­ing bouts the home team then started to get some good pos­ses­sion mainly from their in­dus­tri­ous No 6 Ger He­garty and hooker Al­fie Harte and af­ter a good run through the mid­dle by He­garty, Grey­stones were pe­nalised for play­ing the ball on the ground just out­side their own twen­tytwo.

The re­sul­tant kick by cen­tre and cap­tain David Lom­bard gave them an early lead. Five min­utes later and with Grey­stones in a good scrum pos- ses­sion on the Clon­akilty twenty-two, No 8 Luke Man­tle picked from the base but the Clon­akilty back­row man­aged to snuff out his run.

With twenty five min­utes on the clock, Grey­stones once again found them­selves de­fend­ing in­side their own twenty-two and once again they were pe­nalised for play­ing the ball on the ground with Lom­bard step­ping up to get an easy three points to put them into a six points lead.

A floated pass from the right hand side by out­half Gary Cribb to cen­tre Paul Dil­lon saw his brother Derek skip through some poor de­fence to score un­der the posts with Lom­bard hav­ing the eas­i­est of kicks to put his team into a 13-0 lead.

Clon­akilty scrum-half Dave Cook­son took a quick tap fol­low­ing a penalty and they moved the ball down­field, but a good tackle from Grey­stones left wing Mark Geraghty dis­lodged the ball with a scrum awarded to Grey­stones just out­side their own twenty-two.

A solid shove from the Stones pack saw Man­tle take the ball and run off up the short­side, mak­ing forty me­tres be­fore find­ing right wing Ro­nan Car­roll with a de­light­ful pass, Caroll made a fur­ther fif­teen me­tres and with the Clon­akilty cover com­ing across, he chipped over his op­po­site num­bers head and with a kindly bounce picked up and went over in the cor­ner for his try.

Al­though from a dif­fi­cult an­gle, out­half James Power slot­ted over the con­vert to nar­row the gap to six points.

How­ever the turn­ing point of the game was when Grey­stones cap­tain Neil Me­gan­nety took the a high ball, how­ever he was tack­led dan­ger­ously in the air by He­garty with the ref­eree Paul Hay­cock yel­low card­ing him.

Now play­ing with four­teen, the Grey­stones pack, which had been do­ing quite well in the tight, were now even bet­ter. Within five min­utes they had their sec­ond try of the day, when from a ruck thirty me­tres out and seem­ingly go­ing nowhere, Grey­stones full­back Dave McKech­nie emerged from the mid­dle to the as­ton­ish­ment of both Clon­akilty and Grey­stones. With vir­tu­ally no op­po­si­tion in front of him he charged for the line and de­spite his op­po­site num­ber al­most get­ting to him he touched down in the cor­ner. Again from a nar­row an­gle Power added the vi­tal two points to put his team into a sin­gle point lead at the break.

Lom­bard had three fur­ther op­por­tu­ni­ties to close out the game with three kick­able penal­ties which he missed and with five min­utes to go Power could have eased he ten­sion of the Grey­stones sup­port­ers when his at­tempted drop goal went nar­rowly wide of the mark.

With time al­most up Stones, de­fend­ing in their own half, had a scrum and al­though it turned into a ruck their pack went through six or seven pick and drives to wind down the clock which the ref­eree thank­fully blew to end an en­thralling en­counter.

Next week Greys­tone play their third game in the AIL with the visit to Dr. Hickey Park of Trin­ity.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.