Lansdowne U17s won their Metro Cup QF clash against Bective in convincing style yesterday on a sun drenched and very sandy back pitch in Donnybrook.
Bective, with the heavier pack, started the better and were awarded a penalty after a collapsed maul which they duly kicked to take the lead. Jack Mulcahy, knowing how hard the pitch was, got his kicking game going and one great punt yielded a lineout close the Bective line. The lineout feed was overthrown and Alex McEvoy was first to pounce to set up quick ruck ball. Two long and excellent passes from Jack Mulcahy & Alex Caslin sent Rob Kelly over in the corner for a stunning opening try from Lansdowne. Thus was brilliantly kicked by Jack Mulcahy to give Lansdowne a 7-3 lead.
Bective were starting to probe and ask questions but excellent defending from Lansdowne prevented them scoring. A probing kick from Alex McEvoy into the corner bounced awkwardly for the Bective full back and he was subsequently well robbed of possession by Cathal Corr who crashed over for Lansdowne’s second try. This was unconverted.
Lansdowne were struggling out of touch and this led to Bective getting their fair share of possession. Shortly before half time a huge kick out of defence by Thomas Costello bounced up into the hands of the chasing Rob Kelly who then ran in other the posts. This was converted by Liam Mulcahy to give Lansdowne a commanding half time lead.
Lansdowne emptied their bench at half time and for the first quarter the half was evenly contested. One memorable moment was a great turnover from Conor Farrell and break out to relieve the pressure on Lansdowne. Shortly afterwards a mix up in Lansdowne’s defence line was rescued in superb fashion when Adam Browne dodged several tackle attempts to run the ball out of defence. From an ensuing penalty Lansdowne ran 1st phase ball from the lineout. Jack Mulcahy found a huge hole in the Bective defence and then put Brian McGettigan through under the post for a converted try to put Lansdowne 26-3.
Lansdowne were running freely now and after a great handling movement Conor Farrell scored wide on the left. To their credit Bective came back after a series of mauls to score wide out on the left which was nicely converted. A game played in good spirit by both sides which put Lansdowne in the semi-final.
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