10.10.2009 J2 XV v Greystones (A)

10/10/20093.00pmLeagueGreystones10 – 80St. Marys J2 XVAway

Greystones J2 10 V ST. Mary’s J2 80

The J2’s looked to continue on where they left off last week against Terenure with a trip away to Greystones. Despite what the scoreline suggests we did not have it all their own way with Greystones racing into a 3-0 lead. After taking a while to get into the game the pack got back to basics with some quick rucking allowing Baz Cahill to cross over. James Dunne kicked the conversion to put us 7-3 ahead. Greystones came back at us and some sloppy play by Mary’s allowed ‘stones to pick up a dropped ball and score under the posts. 

Our response to an early set back was excellent and constant pressure led to Joey kicking a penalty into the corner which allowed the pack to secure lineout ball and to rumble over from 5 metres out with Graeme Mc Inerney at the bottom of the pile. A try apiece from Mikey Houlihan and Brian Moran and another conversion from James Dunne meant we went into half time 24-10 up.

Knowing that the next score was vital we began strongly and James Dunne darted over for the first of his three tries. Further followed as Stones began to throw the towel in. Paul Collins came off the bench to score two tries, one which included a superb offload from fellow substitute Brendan Shortt. Mick Evans found a nice gap at the side of a ruck while Al Shirley replacement Jack Ardagh helped to keep the scoring ticking over.

Special mention must go to James Dunne who put in a magnificent performance. His strong running was rewarded with three tries while 10 kicks from twelve resulted in a personal tally of 35 points. The team are under no illusion that this ‘Stones team was extremely weak compared to last year but credit to the whole squad from one to twenty for the way they approached the game. Far more difficult tests are to come with a tricky trip to Stradbrook next up.

No league is won after two games and the team are eager to face a Rock team who comfortably disposed of Terenure in Lakelands last week.

15. A Conboy 14. B. cahill 13. J. Buggy 12. A. Shirley 11. J. Dunne 10. J. Connolly 9. M. Evans 8. G. Foran 7. K. Lannan 6. R. Ryan 5. G Mc Inerney 4. E. Keane 3. O. Mc Cormack 2. B. Moran 1. M Houlihan

Replacements(All used) P. Foran, B. Short, P. Collins, G. Roche, J. Ardagh