Lansdowne's league fixture against St.Marys on Sunday 24th November was eventually played out as a friendly because St.Marys were unable to field a full side.
With the league match points being conceded by St.Marys , the full Lansdowne bench kindly offered their services to the Templeville outfit. Many thanks to Arthur Green, Alex Kinahan, Jordan Buckley and Conor Barry for playing for St.Marys for the first half.
From the outset, St.Marys took the game to Lansdowne and only good defensive work prevented St.Marys from scoring. Shortly after Lansdowne got into their stride and Jack Mulcahy went in under the posts to score the first try , which he duly converted.
Shortly afterwards, Mark Dent ended up a good passing movement to score an excellent try, again converted by Jack Mulcahy. St.Marys came back strongly and from a five metre scrum they their forwards drove over for an unconverted try.
Lansdowne then started playing some excellent running rugby. With some slick passing and neat offloads they ran in three tries from Adam Curry, Harry Brennan and a 2nd try by Mark Dent. Two of these tries were converted by Jack Mulcahy to leave the score 33-5 at half time.
Our bench then swapped jerseys and Mark Dent, Tadgh Brennan. Lucas David & Neil Mooney became St.Mary’s players for 40 mins.
Lansdowne had a great start to the 2nd half when Thomas Costello went over for an unconverted try after some excellent handling. Poor defending though allowed St.Marys to score twice in succession. Both of these were converted.
Lansdowne’s authority was resumed shortly afterwards when their running policy yielded three excellent tries. A brace from the strong running Conor Barry on the right and a try for Alex Kinahan on the left. One of these was converted by Liam Mulcahy.
Next up is Seapoint on Sunday in Ballychorus.
Due to both the players wishes and the coaches request we will now start training on Tues for one hour between 17.30 and 18.30
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