Marys prove too much for Wesley in table topper

Marys prove too much for Wesley in table topper

AIL – Old Wesley 22 St. Mary’s 38

On the back of a great bonus point win against Queen’s University Belfast, Old Wesley welcomed Dublin rivals St Mary’s to Donnybrook for round 2 of AIL Division 1B.

Marys started the better of the two teams and following line-out malfunctions from the Donnybrook side, Mary’s found themselves ahead through 3 penalties to make it 0-9 early on as Wesley looked to get going.  However, mistakes and poor discipline from Old Wesley eventually led to a try from St Mary’s winger Callum Gibney, the extras were added by Mick O’Gara. 0-16.   Old Wesley reacted immediate from the restart, with captain Reuben Pim leading the charge.

A dangerous tackle on out half Ian Cassidy saw Marys receive a yellow and Cassidy opted to go down the line. Following a strong maul, captain Reuben Pim went over and Cassidy added the extras. 7-16. However, a penalty conceded from the restart saw O’Gara once again opting for the posts to put Marys further ahead. Old Wesley now looked to be in the ascendancy, and with a turnover in the scrum, Will Fay sprinted down the blindside for Wesley’s second try.  This brought the half to an end with the score at 12-19.

Old Wesley started the second half strong, with Josh Pim winning a penalty inside the Mary’s 22 allowing Cassidy go for goal to close the gap to 15-19.  Wesley again turned the screw and Cassidy got the ball out to winger Nathan Randles who finished a great team try. Cassidy once again added the extras to make it 22-19. However, the lead did not last long as Marys replied instantly with a maul try to make it 22-26 with 10 minutes to go.  Marys again ramping up the tempo of the match and Old Wesley struggled to keep up with the pace.  It was not meant to be for the Donnybrook side as Marys ran in 2 late tries to put the game out of reach for Wesley. Final score Old Wesley 22-38 St Mary’s.

Old Wesley welcome Naas next week in what is set to be another classic clash between the two sides.

Scorers:  Reuben Pim, Try; Will Fay, Try; Nathan Randles, Try; Ian Cassidy, 2 Cons, Pen.

Team: Alex Molloy, Nathan Randles, Fergus Jemphrey, David Poff, Tommy O’Callaghan, Ian Cassidy, Gary Bradley, Cronan Gleeaon, Stephen Smyth, Robert O’Donovan, David Motyer, Billy Corrigan, Reuben Pim (capt), Josh Pim, Will Fay.

Replacements: Howard Noonan, Harry Noonan, Kieran O’Shea, Josh O’Hare, Tom Larke, Keith Kavanagh.

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