’Stones suf­fer heavy de­feat

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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.

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