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Sunday 28th April 2013: Metro Cup Final

Greystones A  17   Seapoint A  12

Greystones secured the Metro league and cup double at Stradbrook last Sunday when they defeated local rivals Seapoint in a pulsating, all action encounter, the result of which was in doubt up to the final whistle.

Charlie1stTryGreystones kicked off playing against a slight breeze and controlled the early exchanges.  The forwards won clean possession at scrum and lineout and the backs were able to run with conviction against a solid Seapoint defence.  After 10 minutes, Greystones were rewarded when flanker Charlie Byrne made a great run down the right hand side and scored a superb individual try which was unconverted.  Greystones continued to attack with purpose. Following a kick ahead however, the Seapoint fullback gathered the ball and launched a counter attack which ended with their athletic second row running half the length of the pitch to score a spectacular try which he then converted himself.  From the restart, Greystones attacked strongly up the left hand side and pounded the line in search of a score. After a period of intense pressure, the ball was moved to left wing Conor Doyle who used his speed and strength to bulldoze his way through the defence to score a try in the corner. This left the halftime score at 10 points to 7 in favour of Greystones. 

MickTrySeapoint rallied strongly after the break and gained good field position within the Greystones 22.  Following a long series of attacks and retaining possession through an impressive number of phases, Seapoint were rewarded when their powerful prop forced his way over the line to score a try to the right of the posts which was uncoverted. From the kickoff, Greystones went immediately on the attack and were camped in the Seapoint 22 for long periods.  The Seapoint defence held firm with some brave tackling against the big Greystones runners.  However, with 8 minutes remaining and following a sustained period of pressure, centre Mick O'Gara scored a try to the right of the posts which he then converted to put Greystones back in the lead. 

The remaining time was played largely within the Seapoint half and despite retaining possession, Seapoint were pinned into their 22 by resolute Greystones tackling.  Seapoint were able to launch one final attack into the Greystones half but the defence held firm before the referee blew the final whistle. 

This was a tough physical match of high quality played in the best spirit of the game between 2 exceptional teams.  Both teams played with great skill and commitment and are a credit to their coaches and clubs. It would be unfair to single out any players from either side for special mention such was the level of performance from all involved.


Team: Harry Noonan, Jonathon Landers, Conor Lacy, David Furey, Liam Marshall, Liam Lupton Smith, Charlie Byrne, Rory Wilson, Jack O'Caoimh, David O'Brien (Capt), Conor Doyle, Mick O'Gara, Oliver Haydock, Sean O'Brien, Max Neville, Evan Downey, Darren Magee, Lochlann Dougan, Callum McNulty, Conor McAleer, Jeremy O'Donovan, Darragh Rochford, Tommi Happonen.


Sunday 21st April: Metro Cup Semi Final

Ardee  12   Greystones A 31

Hosted by Malahide RFC, this game was played in dry, sunny, blustery conditions on a firm pitch. Greystones kicked off playing into the strong wind and controlled possession for the first ten minutes. With the forwards providing a steady stream of possession the backs moved the ball well and set up an attacking position within the Ardee 22 from which Mick O’Gara picked a nice line to score an unconverted try. Ardee used the wind well to pin Greystones inside their own half. Greystones continued to keep the ball in hand and following an upfield foray, Mick O’Gara cut through the midfield from halfway to score a superb try which he converted himself. Greystones conceded a number of penalties from which Ardee gained good field position within the 22. Ardee were not able to capitalise however and the ‘Stones defence held firm to leave the half time score at 12 points to nil.

From the restart, Greystones used to wind to play the game in the Ardee half. Good defence held Greystones at bay for a time before the ball was moved to Conor Doyle who used his speed to score a try under the posts. Mick O’Gara added the extras. This was followed closely by a try for Callum McNulty who followed up a flowing back movement to pick up and drive over from short range wide on the left. The conversation was missed. Conor Doyle then scored his second try under the posts following another good passing movement in the backs. Mick O’Gara converted. With Greystones conceding a number of penalties, Ardee came back to dominate the last 10 minutes during which they scored two tries one of which was converted to leave the final score at 31 points to 12 in Greystones favour.This was a tough match against a physically strong Ardee team. Both teams tried to run the ball in the testing conditions demonstrating admirable skill and commitment.

Team:  Harry Noonan, Jonathon Landers, Darren Magee, David Furey, Lochlann Dougan, Rory Wilson, Charlie Byrne, Sean O’Brien, Jack O’Caoimh, David O’Brien, Jeremy O’Donovan, Mick O’Gara, Oliver Haydock, Tommi Happonen, Max Neville, Evan Downey, Greg Doyle, Liam Marshall, Callum McNulty, Conor McAleer, Darragh Rochford, Conor Doyle.

Sunday 14th April (Metro League Division A Final)
Winning team

Blackrock  5  Greystones A  10


Played at Seapoint RFC, this was a titanic struggle between two very strong teams both of whom played with total commitment and no little skill. The outcome of the game was in doubt up to the final whistle.


CSC 0773Greystones kicked off with the aid of a strong wind and dominated territory and possession for the first fifteen minutes. Despite creating a number of good scoring opportunities with excellent ball retention and strong running, Greystones were unable to take advantage of their early superiority. This was mainly due to a brave and resolute Blackrock defence whose tackling was outstanding throughout. Greystones eventually opened the scoring when Mick O'Gara kicked a penalty for offside in front of the posts.

Blackrock were growing in confidence and gained a foothold in the Greystones half. Approaching half time, Blackrock put together an impressive pick and drive surge into the Greystones 22. When Greystones were penalised at a ruck, Blackrock ran the penalty and their impressive No 8 crashed over for a fine individual try despite the best efforts of the defence. The conversion was missed to leave the half time score at 5 points to 3 in favour of Blackrock.


Playing against the wind in the second half, Greystones upped the tempo and attacked with purpose CSC 0772through backs and forwards. During one of the attacks, loose head Harry Noonan was tackled one metre from the line as the Blackrock defence held firm. The game ebbed and flowed with neither team gaining a decisive advantage. With time running out, Greystones attacked one last time up the left hand side. Following a series of quick rucks and direct running by the back row and inside backs which tied in the Blackrock defence, the ball was moved swiftly across the backline to full back Max Neville who used his speed and strength to score a sensational try wide out to put Greystones ahead. Mick O'Gara added the difficult conversion against the wind.

Blackrock attacked from the restart but were unable to break through the solid Greystones defence before the referee blew the final whistle.


This was an inspirational performance from the entire Greystones team who never gave up and were eventually rewarded. The back row of Liam Lupton Smith, Charlie Byrne and Rory Wilson supported by loose head prop Harry Noonan were outstanding. Max Neville and Mick O'Gara were the pick of the backs.


Team:  Harry Noonan, Jonathon Landers, Conor Lacy, Liam Marshall, David Furey, Liam Lupton Smith, Charlie Byrne, Rory Wilson, Conor McAleer, David O'Brien (Capt), Jeremy O'Donovan, Mick O'Gara, Sean O'Brien, Darragh Rochford, Max Neville, Evan Downey, Darren Magee, Lochlann Dougan, Callum McNulty, Jack O'Caoimh, Oliver Haydock, Conor Doyle, Tommi Happonen.


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Sunday 7th April (Metro Cup Q/F)

Greystones A  67   Lansdowne  0


Despite a brave performance from Lansdowne who never gave up, the home team took control of this game early on and dominated throughout. Continuity play was of the highest standard and this resulted in regular scoring opportunities. Tries were scored by Max Neville(3), Conor McAleer, Conor Doyle(2), Tommi Happonen, Mick O’Gara(2), Darragh Rochford and Rory Wilson. Mick O’Gara converted 4 and David O’Brien 2 of the tries.


Team: Harry Noonan, Jonathon Landers, Darren Magee, Liam Marshall, Lochlann Dougan, David Furey, Charlie Byrne, Rory Wilson, Conor McAleer, David O’Brien, Jeremy O’Donovan, Mick O’Gara, Sean O’Brien, Tommi Happonen, Max Neville, Evan Downey, Conor Lacy, Richard Slevin, Callum McNulty, Oliver Haydock, Conor Doyle, Darragh Rochford.

Sunday 24th March (Metro Cup R2)

Greystones B 14   DLSP B  27


Both teams endeavoured to play open attacking rugby and this resulted in a highly entertaining game. DLSP took control early on and scored two tries in quick succession. The extras were added to one of the tries so that DLSP led 12 points to nil. Conor Doyle then scored a try for Greystones with a typical surging run and this was converted by Ben Kearney. DLSP replied with another try to leave the half time score at 17 points to 7 in the visitors favour.

DLSP increased their lead with another try shortly after half time. Conor Doyle then scored a second try for the home side showing his strength and speed to dot down under the posts. The try was converted by Ben Kearney so that Greystones were only trailing 22 14 with 10 minutes remaining. DLSP however controlled the remaining play and closed out the game with an unconverted try to complete the scoring.


Team:  Greg Doyle, Oisin Reid, Fionn O’Connor, Lochlann Dougan, Oisin O’Mahony, Cian Hall, Niall Dooley, Brendan Farrell, Mike Hayes, Ben Kearney, Rauf Jafarov, Conor Doyle, Harry Begley, Cathal O’Brien, Sean Doyle, David Byrne, Oscar Daly, Conor Mulcahy, Paul Egan, Zac White, Like Horgan.

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