As the senior team were setting about putting 42 points and 5 tries on one Limerick team the 21’s were putting 44 points and six tries on another Limerick team, Garryowen at home in Lansdowne on Saturday afternoon. In near freezing conditions the Garryowen men started strongly and showed their intent to try and gain dominance in the pack early on but like most packs that have come up against Lansdowne this year they soon found out that that wasn’t an option. Lansdowne were under the cosh for the first 10 minutes with Garryowen making great inroads but a resilient Lansdowne defence kept them at bay and got their reward on 15 minutes with a converted penalty from Ross Keller to put the home side 3-0 ahead. Lansdowne pack continued their good work and it was the newly capped returning Irish under 20 International prop Adam Boland who touched down in the 22nd minute to show all present that Lansdowne were well and truly up for the Challenge against an impressive Garryowen who got their own reward from good work from their pack to convert a penalty in the 26th minute following a yellow card for Lansdowne 2nd row Michael Lenahan. Ross Keller replied with a Lansdowne penalty 7 minutes later after some fine play from the backline to leave the half time score 11-3
Akhlaque Khan played the captains role perfectly at the start of the 2nd half by scoring in the corner after a lineout in the 46th minute and not wanting the forwards to get all the credit Irish under 20 international Eoghan Quinn got on the score sheet in the 50th minute which was ably converted by Ross Keller. Wing Mike Mellett continued his fine form since returning from injury and helped himself to a try in the 62nd minute which was again converted by Keller. Garryowen were beginning to run out of steam and number 8 Ross Deacon was quick to take advantage from a maul to score Lansdowne’s 5th try of the day in the 69th minute which was converted from the side-line by the impressive Keller. Will O’Brien continued his fine progress from injury but was deemed to be too eager in the 72nd minute when the ref gave him a yellow and an early bath for his troubles. Although down to 14 men for the last 8 minutes Lansdowne continued to work tirelessly and got their reward when substitute Tyrone Moran popped over in the 79th minute which was again converted by Ross Keller to leave the final score at 44-3.
Lansdowne now play local rivals Old Belvedere next Saturday March 30th at 4.30pm in Anglesea Road in the semi final so once you have finished cheering on the senior team make the short trip over to cheer the lads on!
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