This past Saturday visiting Lansdowne secured a victory over the NYPD in a rather spirited encounter on Randall’s Island. The Finest opened the scoring in minute five due to some hard work in a ruck and a nifty pass out wide. The action was nip and tuck for 19 minutes until Man of the Match John Giordano got the ball in traffic at the halfway line and proceeded to juke out and motor past several defenders for the try. Fullback Kevin Braithwaite’s conversion gave Lansdowne 7-5 advantage.
In minute 31 some good work by John Giordano, Pat Devery and Rampaging Steve Murphy gave Lansdowne possession near the NYPD’s in goal. Blake Mannion touched down, thereby giving the visitors 12 to 5 lead which closed the first half scoring.
The second-half began without any damage done until minute 60. A Lansdowne incursion saw Kevin Braithwaite spin out to Tom Connolly who dazzled with a behind the back pass to John Giordano. John’s second try of the match gave the Irishmen a 14 point advantage. The Finest responded quite well. A lovely interchange between their backs and forwards led to their inside center scoring a 40 meter try to close within 7.
Three minutes later some superb work by Ian O’Connor and Jimmy McNorris got the ball out to Blake Mannion. Blake’s beautiful 20 meter gain set the stage for John Giordano’s scintillating third try of the match which gave Lansdowne a 10 point lead. However the Finest demonstrated again why they are the Finest. In minute 68, a well worked ball saw their loose head slam down to bring them to within 24 to 17.
Towards the death, Lansdowne responded. John Giordano struck for his fourth try of the day through a 30 minute gallop into goal. The numbers at the final whistle were 29 to 17 to give Lansdowne their 1st victory of the spring season.
Lansdowne practices are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 PM at field 75 on the south end of Randall’s Island. All interested players should just come on down or contact Lansdowne at any of the following: website lansdownerugbyclub.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone hotline (914)297-8429.