’Stones clinch Pre­mier glory

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U-14s see off brave Wan­der­ers

GREY­STONES RFC WAN­DER­ERS 10 0

GREY­STONES un­der-14s won the Le­in­ster League Pre­mier Di­vi­sion fi­nal last Sun­day with a strong all round per­for­mance against a brave Wan­der­ers team who com­peted to the fi­nal whis­tle.

Played in ideal con­di­tions at Sea­point RFC, Grey­stones re­ceived the kick off and im­me­di­ately im­ple­mented their typ­i­cal high tempo game.

This was met by a res­o­lute Wan­der­ers de­fence whose tack­ling was first class through­out.

De­spite a num­ber of line breaks, Grey­stones were un­able to put points on the board in the open­ing half. Wan­der­ers had a num­ber of at­tack­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties mainly through their ath­letic No 8 but the Grey­stones de­fence also held firm.

Both teams tended to can­cel each other out in a tense first half which ended 0-0.

Grey­stones kicked off the sec­ond half aided by a slight breeze. Wan­der­ers al­most im­me­di­ately con­ceded a penalty from the kick off for off side, how­ever the re­sult­ing kick at goal from wide on the right fell short. Grey­stones how­ever be­gan to build pres­sure with good ball re­ten­tion and in­ci­sive run­ning from backs and for­wards.

Af­ter 10 min­utes, from one ex­tended pe­riod of play through mul­ti­ple phases, No 8 Rory Wil­son picked up and drove over the try line from short range to give Grey­stones the lead.

The con­ver­sion was nar­rowly missed from wide on the left.

The high tempo game was be­gin­ning to take its toll on the heavy Wan­der­ers for­wards as Grey­stones con­tin­ued to ex­ert pres­sure from di­rect run­ning and good field po­si­tion.

From an at­tack­ing scrum close to the line, No 8 Rory Wil­son picked up be­fore of­fload­ing to left wing Conor Doyle who pow­ered over in the cor­ner.

The dif­fi­cult con­ver­sion from the left touch­line was missed but Grey­stones now had a two score lead at 10-0.

The re­main­der of the game was played in the Wan­der­ers half and al­though Grey­stones threat­ened on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions, no fur­ther score was added be­fore the ref­eree blew the fi­nal whis­tle.

This was a tough phys­i­cal match played be­tween two highly com­mit­ted and skil­ful teams. Grey­stones pow­er­ful and mo­bile pack and bet­ter team­work gen­er­ally en­sured vic­tory.

Team: Harry Noo­nan, Jonathon Lan­ders, Dar­ren Magee, Sam Doo­ley, Liam Lup­ton Smith, Char­lie Byrne, Zach White, Rory Wil­son, Jack O’Caoimh, David O’Brien, Conor Doyle, Oliver Hay­dock, Sean O’Brien, Jeremy O’Dono­van, Ethan Bax­ter, David Furey, Conor Lacy, Lochlann Dougan, Conor McAleer, Cal­lum McNulty, Tommi Hap­po­nen, Dar­ragh Rochford.

The Grey­stones RFC un­der-14s who won the U-14 Le­in­ster Youth/Schools League Pre­mier Di­vi­sion ti­tle.

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