Lansdowne qualified for the final of the Metro U17s Cup in emphatic fashion after a well earned victory against a spirited Seapoint side today. On a balmy Spring afternoon Lansdowne started well when flanker Brian McGettigan showed great strength to fend off a couple of tackles to score the opening try which was nicely converted by Alex Caslin. Lansdowne fluffed their lines straight from the kick off however when they knocked on from the re-start to give Seapoint a foothold in the Lansdowne 22. After being penalised from the ensuing scrum, Seapoint tapped and stormed over to even the scores.
Shortly afterwards Lansdowne produced an outstanding try when they broke from their 22. Alex Caslin, after feigning a dummy to Harry Brennan, threw a long pass out to Cameron Lynch who showed fantastic pace to outstrip the Seapoint defence and score under the posts. A wonderful try, again converted by Alex Caslin. Lansdowne were pressing now and when Seapoint, who were defending close to their line, a quick thinking Andrew Madigan pounced on a loose ball to score Lansdowne’s third try. Just before half time Lansdowne again attacked and when Alex Caslin was held up over the line. From the scrum Thomas Costello picked from the base to storm over the line to score Lansdowne’s fourth try which was converted by Alex Caslin to give Lansdowne a 26-7 lead at half time.
Seapoint showed tremendous spirit when they took the game to Lansdowne from the start of the second half. After a series of rucks a mauls they were awarded a penalty try to narrow the score line. Shortly afterwards Lansdowne were penalised for a high tackle and Seapoint duly kicked the penalty to narrow the score to 26-17. Seapoint were starting to punch holes and were using their maul to great effect . Only some strong tackling, notably from Andrew Madigan , prevented Seapoint from scoring. Lansdowne cancelled out the Seapoint penalty when Alex Caslin landed one of his own in front of the posts to restore the lead to 12 points. From the restart Thomas Costello broke out of defence and after several Lansdowne players handled Adam Browne went over in the corner. Alex Caslin converted well. With time running out Adam Browne ran out of defence and again, excellent handling by Lansdowne ended up with Arthur Greene crashing over for Lansdowne’s sixth and final try. Alex Caslin , who controlled the game very well and kicked with great precision, landed the conversion.
Man of the Match: Andrew Madigan
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