Seapoint U-17 lose to League leaders
By John O Donnell
Lansdowne flattered by scoreline as Seapoint dig deep in a season best performance
The Seapoint players were disappointed but the coaches and supporters went home enthused after Seapoint gave their most accomplished performance of the season whilst losing 26-0 to league leaders Lansdowne. Whilst the scoreline was emphatic, the home team scored two tries in the closing 10 minutes, at that stage the score was a mere 12 points to 0 and this was a contest right up until those closing minutes. Seapoint suffered in not having a bench, with only 16 players, tired bodies eventually gave way and Landsowne were able to bring on fresh bodies to close out the game.
It would be hard to single out individual players, from 1 to 15 each of the starting team tackled hard and played great rugby. Its fair to say that Seapoint probably shaded the forward exchanges with definite superiority in the lineouts. The Seapoint backline was stingy in defence and whilst Lansdowne were accomplished in attack, they had to work hard for every score and more than once last gasp resolute defence from Seapoint prevented what seemed to be certain scoring opportunities. In particular Adam Wilson and Sean Downing pulled off miracle tackles on more than one occasion. A big welcome back to Stephen Manning who came on at centre in the second half for his first game back since he broke his wrist against Ashbourne in November, marking his retunr with a trademark clean line break almost immediately through the centre.
Special mention to the coaches Cian O'Gorman, Tom Kelly and Peter Lyons who have turned this bunch of individual players into a well drilled team who well for each other. Roll on the Cup !!!