15.12.2012 J2 XV v Lansdowne (H)

15/12/201212:00pmLeagueSt. Marys J2 XV27 – 0LansdowneHome

St. Mary’s College RFC J2 27 Lansdowne FC J2 0

The J2s had an excellent win over great rivals and current J2 Double Champions Lansdowne on Saturday. A dominant performance from the pack laid the groundwork for this win with the lineout, scrum and maul particularly impressive. The backline used the steady stream of quality ball to good effect with two tries in either half. The first try was made by Eoin McCormack who dummied and ran down the blindside after a  series of carries and rucks by the pack. Mucker then expertly off-loaded to Crawford who ran in a great try. The second try was a flowing move along the backline which reached Jack Buggy on the right wing. With very little space to work with, Jack side-stepped his man brilliantly and dived over at the corner flag. Lansdowne came back strongly in the second half and it required some great discipline and heart to keep them out. Towards the end of the second half we re-established our territorial advantage and inevitably this led to Joey Connolly doing a ‘Joey’ and making a break from first receiver, side-stepping and powering through to score under the posts. Very late on we got the bonus point try when the recently introduced Alan Shirley ran a scissors move off Joey from a scrum and got over the line to crown one of our best performances in recent seasons. A long way to go this season but we can now enjoy the Christmas break.

Stephen Shirley.

15. Richie McMickan 14. Jack Buggy (1 try) 13. Kieran Lewis 12. Jason Verdon 11. Graham Crawford (1 try) 10. Joey Connolly (1 try, 1 pen, 2 cons) 9. E McCormack 8. David Wilson 7. Colm Barry 6. Rob Timmons 5. Graeme McInerney (Capt) 4. Gavin Thornbury 3. Kenny McInerney 2. Brian Moran 1. Peter Barrett. Subs (all used) 16. Alan Shirley (1 try) 17. Louis Burke 18. Simon O’Donnell 19. Brendan Short 20. JJ Clarke.