Grey­stones U-14s see off Sut­to­ni­ans in fi­nal

Bray People - - SPORT -

DE­SPITE a spir­ited sec­ond half come­back from a gal­lant Sut­to­ni­ans, Grey­stones U-14s won the Metro Cup in an ab­sorb­ing fi­nal played in per­fect con­di­tions be­fore a large crowd at Coolmine RFC last Sun­day.

This com­pleted the league and cup dou­ble for the sec­ond sea­son in a row fol­low­ing sim­i­lar vic­to­ries last year as U-13s.

Hav­ing opened up a 15 point lead in the first half on the back of a dom­i­nant Grey­stones for­ward pack, there was lit­tle to sug­gest that the sec­ond half would be any dif­fer­ent.

How­ever, Sut­to­ni­ans had other ideas and fought back bravely to score 10 unan­swered points and en­sure a nail bit­ing last 10 min­utes. Grey­stones how­ever held on with a strong de­fen­sive per­for­mance at the end to se­cure the vic­tory.

Oliver Hay­dock opened the scor­ing af­ter 5 min­utes when he kicked a penalty from in front of the posts af­ter Sut­to­ni­ans in­fringed at a ruck.

This was fol­lowed shortly af­ter by a try from hooker, Jonathon Lan­ders, who pow­ered over close to the posts fol­low­ing a se­ries of pick and drives by the pack. Oliver Hay­dock added the ex­tras.

Grey­stones at­tacked strongly for the rest of the half us­ing their typ­i­cal high tempo game of backs and for­wards com­bi­na­tions but the Sut­to­ni­ans tack­ling was first class and their de­fence held firm.

Ap­proach­ing half time how­ever scrum half, Conor McAleer, kicked ahead in­tel­li­gently, the ball was re­trieved and fol­low­ing a long se­ries of phases be­tween backs and for­wards, prop and man of the match, Harry Noo­nan, burst over in the right cor­ner to score a fine team try.

The con­ver­sion was missed to leave the half time score at 15 points to nil.

Sut­to­ni­ans were a dif­fer­ent team af­ter the break and be­gan to win a steady stream of pos­ses­sion which they put to good use.

Af­ter five min­utes, the Sut­to­ni­ans out half kicked a penalty from in front of the posts af­ter a ruck in­fringe­ment to re­duce the lead.

Greatly aided by a string of penalty con­ces­sions by Grey­stones, Sut­to­ni­ans scored a try 10 min­utes later when their im­pres­sive left wing forced his way over to the left of the posts af­ter in­tense pres­sure.

The con­ver­sion was added to en­sure a grand­stand last 10 min­utes.

The ma­jor­ity of this how­ever was played in the Sut­to­ni­ans half and a suf­fo­cat­ing Grey­stones de­fence en­sured that Sut­to­ni­ans were well con­tained be­fore the ref­eree blew the fi­nal whis­tle.

Both teams showed great com­mit­ment and skill in a match wor­thy of the fi­nal.

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

The Grey­stones RFC U-14 team who de­feated Sut­to­ni­ans in the U-14 Metro Cup fi­nal.

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