|Stones 1st XV Win at Home v Instonians|
|Greystones RFC 27 Instonians RFC 11
Ulster Bank League Division 2A
Played: Saturday 26th November 2011
Venue: Dr. Hickey Park
Tries: Alan Dempsey (1)
Conversions: Andrew Kealy (3)
Penalties: Andrew Kealy (2)
Greystones maintained their unbeaten run at home with a 27 – 11 win over Instonians in the AIL last Saturday. The visitors had the better start and applied the pressure early on when in the first twenty minutes they opened a 0 -11 point lead through a try and two penalties. Stones got into the game on the half hour when Alan Dempsey powered over to record the first points for the home side with a try and the trusty Andrew Kealy converted to close the score line to 7 – 11. Stones moved up the intensity and were rewarded with two converted penalties by Andrew Kealy to lead at the break by 13 – 11.
Captain Ben Armstrong added another try two minutes after the re-start with a touch down under the posts with an easy conversion for Andrew Kealy. Stones had the game in hand and were unlucky not to add to the try count when centre Simon Malone looked certain to score when the whistle was blown for a forward pass and Andrew Kealy was tackled just short of the line after a break-a-way run up the wing. Kealy did add a try to his tally in the dying minutes of the game. Stones were hungry for the bonus point try but could not get the break but happy to settle for the 27 – 11 win.
This was a great day of rugby at Dr Hickey Park as Instonians brought their under 10’s for a pre-match game against the Greystones under 10’s. Both sides then provided a guard of honour for the 1stteams run on to the pitch and also played a short half time game in the AIL match. The young stars of the future in the great tradition of rugby made great friends on the day and such was the energy and love for the game were still chasing a rugby ball in the dark on the main pitch. The half time mini’s match is proving to be very popular with everyone and will be a part of all the Stones home matches.
Stones head to Cork next Saturday 3rd December where they take on Clonakilty in the AIL
1. Neil O’Brien
16. Burschi Wojnar