’Stones clinch Premier glory
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.