Greystones sink DLSP
RUGBY GOOD WIN FOR WICKLOW MEN IN KILTERNAN
DLSP 3, Greystones 17: Greystones have nearly always floundered against their near rivals in Kilternan and in six previous encounters they have only come out on top once and had never won away.
Once again the weather looked like it would be a factor in the game as a wet and windy playing area with the wind blowing directly down the pitch should have seen all the action at one end.
Greystones won the toss and elected to play with the elements and this in the end proved to be a wise decision.
For the first ten minutes they had all the possession and outhalf James Power was in fine kicking form, putting boot to ball into touch, thus forcing the home team into defending in their own twenty-two with the added bonus that on ther own throw into the lineout, Stones second row, Barry Holmes in great form, was a disrupting influence throught the game.
On fifteen minutes the visitors were once again in good field position on the Salmo twenty-two with the home team having the put in to a scrum but as scrum-half Dustin Jinka tried to kick clear the ball was picked up by Stones No. 7 Dan Kenny who went in under the posts for a try which Power had no problem in converting to put Greystones into a 7-0 lead.
Four minutes later and another long punt inside his own twenty-two saw Power kick long with the Salmo left wing Ronan McCabe unable to catch it, only succeeding in putting it into touch to concede the throw in.
However a crooked put in by Jason Harris-Wright saw the promising attack come to nought.
Greystones were awarded a penalty four minutes later with Power adding to the seven points to now put his team into a ten-point lead.
Minutes later and an attempted drop goal from the Stones outhalf went off the crossbar.
Greystones were now also winning the scrum battle with their front row disrupting the Salmo put in and even when they did get the ball at the base, the tigerish Stones backrow of Kenny, Luke Mantle and man of the match Stu Abbott were giving Jinka a torrid time, forcing him into errors.
On 28 minutes and again with a Salmo scrum fifteen metres out from their line, a concerted Stones push saw the home team shunted back with Jinka attempting a grubber kick which hit off Power and bounced kindly into the hands of Steve Meyer, who shrugging off two tackles went in under the sticks with Power once adding the two easy points to put them into a 17 point lead.
With ten minutes on the clock both sides were reduced to fourteen, when in two sepearte incidents Greystones centre Aaron Higgs and Salmo’s second row Conor Coakley were both sin binned.
The second-half resumed with Stones now having to play against the elements and you would have expected the home team to do what Power had done in the first period but Salmo’s Conor Hickey was not finding his touches and the Greystones back three of wings Ronan Carroll and Cian O’Sullivan and fullback Mark Geraghty in splendid form, they fielded flawlesly and countered with some fine attacks which on two occasions seemed likely to produce scores but alas they came to nothing.
Salmo’s scrum were in all sorts of bother, particulary on their own ball and in truth it was a liability to them, as the ever increacing pressure from the Stones pack and constant pressure in particular from their backrow, gave them no chance to mount any attacks of note.
The home team were now constantly in trouble in their own half and never seemed to be in any danger of breaching the Greystones line, their only real attacking play of note coming twenty minutes into the half when they were awarded a penalty which Conor Hickey converted. At this time they had received another yellow with No. 8 and captain Colin Power was adjudged to have made a late tackle on Carroll.
With fifteen minutes to go and a scrum when Hickey was forced into touching down in his in goal, Stones seemed to have pushed them over but the referree awarded a penalty to the visitors which, sensing the possibality of a third try, they chose the scrum option but not having set the scrum as well as they had been throughout, Salmo somehow got the ball and relieved the pressure with a clerance kick.
Greystones did have one more promising attack with clever show of the ball by Power on halfway and a pass to Meyer and after ten metres with Higgs in support, the No. 12 seemed to be on his way but a good tackle frm Salmo wing Ronan McCabe stopped him in his tracks.
The league now takes a break for the autumn internationals, resuming on November 29th when Greystones entertain Highfield at Dr. Hickey Park.
The Avondale team of 1983, who were the jubilee team who were honoured at the county hurling final in Aughrim on Sunday.
Action from Greystones’ match against DLSP.