Ascough bags four in impressive away performance
By John O Donnell
Seapoint U-17s run out comfortable winners away to Suttonians
Seapoint travelled to Suttonians on Sunday morning with a reasonable degree of confidence having narrowly prevailed in the same fixture the previous year. They also welcomed back David O'Dowd for his first appearance of the season. Seapoint kicked off into a very strong wind in the first off and got off to a dream start when a perfectly weighted kick from O'Dowd was fielded by Ascough taking the opposition completely by surprise as he ran through to score in the first minute of the game. Peter Duffy missed a very difficult conversion attempt into the wind. Suttonians responded immediately and spent the next 15 minutes camped on the Seapoint 5 metre line and actually got the ball over the line more than once but failed to ground the ball. Seapoint continued to defend resolutely and some impressive tackling by Philip Bolger, some good carries from Sam Turner and sheer bloody mindedness from everybody else managed to keep Suttonians at bay. Eventually the siege was lifted and Seapoint managed to get out of their own half.
Almost immediately they were awarded a penalty on the Suttonian 22 and when Ascough again tapped quickly and ran at the opposition he went over for his second try again rather easily. Peter Duffy missed a second difficult conversion into the wind. For the remainder of the half the story was Suttonians camped in the Seapoint 22 and Seapoint refusing to buckle under pressure. Even when Peter Duffy was sent to the sin bin for 7 minutes somewhat harshly for a deliberate knock on when it seemed that he made a genuine effort to intercept. Seapoint managing to retain their 10 nil advantage until the half time whistle blew.
It seemed that the game might get away from Suttonians when Ascough scored his third try early in the second half . However some loose kicking and a poor chase allowed Suttonians to launch a counter attack and a couple of missed tackles allowed them to score reasonably close to the posts . Their outhalf duly converted and all of a sudden the lead was cut to 17 points to 7. However for the next 20 minutes Seapoint dominated, Ascough adding a fourth try and then O'Dowd scoring two in a row with his trademark show and go to leave the score at 34 points to 7. Suttonians rallied to score two converted tries in the closing 10 minutes to bring the score to a more respectable total of 34 points to 21. However Conor McCaul capped off a fine individual performance with a try in the final play of the game, barging over from close quarters to leave a final scoreline of 41 points to 21 in favour of the visitors.
All in all a very accomplished display from Seapoint, the forwards matched a very physcial Suttonians side, were definitely on top in the scrums and probably shaded the lineouts also. The highlight of a game where Seapoint scored 7 tries was their defence. They showed great resolve holding firm for long periods of sustained pressure in the first half which was ultimately the foundation for their comfortable victory. Peter Duffy converted 3 of 7 conversion attempts on a day with very difficult conditions for kickers.