Lansdowne’s league campaign took a bit of a setback today when they were beaten by Greystones at Dr.Hickey Park.
In their most important fixture of the season so far, Lansdowne needed to bring their A game today, but instead they produced a completely flat performance which is totally out of character with standards they have set for themselves.
Having started well, Lansdowne went into an early lead after Liam Mulcahy slotted over a penalty close to the 22.
The game was very competitive , with very little between the team and possession & territory was shared. Greystones finally broke the deadlock with a simple set piece move which saw their winger break a tackle on the right to score under the posts. The try was converted. Lansdowne worked hard to get into the game, but the mistakes were adding up and Greystones defence stood firm. The 2nd half saw Lansdowne continue to make errors. Decision making was poor at times and on numerous occasions the last pass was either forward or dropped. As the minutes ticked by it was evident that Greystones were becoming more confident while Lansdowne heads were dropping. One great scoring chance for Lansdowne was passed up and Greystones cleared their lines and kicked long . With a couple of minutes to go , another Lansdowne mistake in their own 22 gave Greystones an attacking scrum. Again a simple passing play off this set piece, aided by a missed tackle, yielded a 2nd Greystones try. In fairness Lansdowne’s tackling in general was of high order, but those missed tackles were costly.
In the pack Conor Mac Mahon was very prominent, while there was also some good performances from Lucas David, Thomas Costello and Alex McEvoy. In the backs Adam Curry was very solid in both attack & defence.
A poor day at the office by Lansdowne, but not the end of the world. It just makes it a bit more difficult and we need to get back to winning ways again. Our next game will be next Sunday against St.Marys in Bird Ave. Please note that this will be an early KO due to IRE V New Zealand. Details to follow.
Also, this Friday after training we have asked the whole squad to stay on, have a shower, eat some pizza and then watch Lansdowne 1st play Old Belvedere in the AIL. Each squad member should bring €5.
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