’Stones up to sec­ond af­ter bonus point win

Bray People - - SPORT -


GREY­STONES TOOK a step closer to pro­mo­tion to Divi­sion 2 and set up what should be the Divi­sion 3 three ti­tle de­cider against Sea­point next week with their great win over Naas last Satur­day.

Stones ran in six tries to con­tinue to be the high­est point scor­ing side in the Ul­ster Bank League on a dry and windy day in Dr. Hickey Park. Grey­stones laid down an early marker when Ben Arm­strong crossed the line for his first try five min­utes into the game and Andrew Kealy stepped up to con­vert to give the home side an early lead.

Naas were not go­ing to give an easy run for Stones and fought back and were re­warded with a con­verted try at the end of the first quar­ter to level the score. Naas seized the op­por­tu­nity to add three points with a drop goal five min­utes be­fore half-time to take a three-point lead. De­spite con­tin­ued pres­sure from Naas Stones took ad­van­tage of a break to cross for a try con­verted by Andrew Kealy just on half-time to give Stones a 14-10 lead at the break.

Af­ter a very en­ter­tain­ing half-time mach from the fu­ture stars of the Grey­stones Un­der 10's the Se­nior XV re­sumed with an in­creased in­ten­sity and were re­warded when Ro­nan Car­roll crossed the line four min­utes af­ter the re-start and once again Andrew Kealy added the ex­tra two points and he went on to add an ad­di­tional seven points when he con­verted his own try five min­utes later to give Stones a 28 to 10 lead.

It was full steam ahead for Stones now and they looked very com­fort­able on the ball as they played a full flow­ing game of rugby and set a pace that Naas could not match. Ben Arm­strong scored his hat-trick when on the hour he made the last five me­tres to touch down a try and when Kealy con­verted gave Stones a dom­i­nant 35-10 lead.

Si­mon Malone added the last points for the home side the he re­ceived the ball deep in his own half with a clear run to the Naas line and out­paced the de­fence to score in the cor­ner.

Naas did not give up the battle and scored a try in the last ten min­utes but Grey­stones had done enough hard work to se­cure the win and held firm un­til the fi­nal whis­tle.

The win moves Grey­stones into sec­ond place in The Ul­ster Bank League with just two matches left in the sea­son.

Tries: Ben Arm­strong (3), Ro­nan Car­roll (1), Andrew Kealy (1), Si­mon Malone (1).

Con­ver­sions: Andrew Kealy (5).

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