’Stones suffer heavy defeat
Balllinahinch 60, Greystones 13: The scoreline reflects just how poor Greystones were on Saturday last when they made the trip north to play top of the table Ballinahinch and in a bruising game it was the home team who deservedly won in the end scoring nine tries.
Greystones travelled without their two first choice second rows, Barry Holmes and captain Neil Megannety, but the opposition were far superior in almost every department.
Stone’s started brightly enough with three crunching tackles from second row Conal Mc Guckian, and back rowers Johnny Downey and Dan Kenny but after six minutes it was the home team who scored with a clever move up the right with wing Stuart Morrow ghosting through some dreadful miss tackles to score in the corner with out-half Ryan Bambry a former Otago Super 14 player, adding the extra two points.
Two minutes later, a good counter by Greystones right wing Ronan Carroll and taken on by hooker Jason HarrisWright saw him tackled on the Hinch twenty-two and awarded a penalty from an infringement, with James Power getting the three points.
For the next 25 minutes Greystones had to defend but on 30 minutes they conceded a penalty which Bambry converted and two minutes later their defence finally cracked after a Hinch scrum on the twenty-two, saw their captain and No. 8, Stuart Lamb, pick and pass to scrum-half David Drake, his pass to full-back Harry McAleese saw the No. 15 chip to the right with Morrow getting the kindly bounce to pick and score his second of the day in the corner, once again Bambry added the two.
Three minutes later and Hinches third try, after a good cross kick by Bambry and a pick and pass from wing forward Willie Faloon to left wing Aaron Ferris to score in the corner, the conversion attempt by McAleese however went off the upright.
Just before the half Greystones’ problems were compounded when right wing Ronan Carroll was injured when attempting to take a high ball,with play held up for five minutes while he was attended to.
This resulted with him being replaced by Ross Mackey with scrum half Frank Jones, a former Ballinahinch Under-19 player, going to the wing and Mackey taking over at scrum half.
With time almost up in the half, the home team were awarded a penalty in front of the posts with McAleesee on this occasion putting it through the uprights to put them into a 25 points to six lead at the break.
Any hopes of a Greystones comeback were dashed in a second-half scoring spree by the home team, firstly with being awarded, rather harshly, a penalty try within ten minutes of the restart.
Then once again injuries toook their toll with first, hooker Jason Harris-Wright and then wing forward Johnny Downey, being taken off with injuries.
Soon after that and a third try of the afternoon by Morrow with Bambry adding the two pointer saw their lead creep even higher.
Greystones finally got their try when after a rare incursion into the Hinch half, saw them awarded a scrum and after a couple of thrusts at the line, scrum half Mackey picked up and went over under the posts for a try which Power converted.
Greystones them had a brief spell in which they upped their game but alas it was too shortlived with first scrum half David Drake and subs Niall Blair and Matthew Nelson getting three late tries all converted by McAleese to finally end, what was for Greystones, a most disappointing afternoon.
Next week in the final game before the Christmas break it’s back to Dr. Hickey Park with the opponents being Thomond, who picked up their first win of the season when the defeated Clonakilty by 19-11.
Greystones: M. Geraghty, R. Carroll, S, Meyer, A. Higgs, C. O’Sullivan, J. Power, F. Jones, K. Moes, J. HarrisWright, S. Snell, S. Abbott ( capt), C. McGuckian, J. Downey, D. Kenny, L. Mantle. Subs: N. Hopkins, G. Cleary, N. O’Brien, G. Barreau, R. Mackey.
Action from the AIB Division 2 match between Greystones and Ballinahinch.