Homeside New York utilized an expansive all-inclusive attack as their backs and forwards linked up effectively in downing Lansdowne by 49-15. The Manhattanites established a physical presence early as they kept Lansdowne on the back foot for the first 15 minutes of the match. New York took the lead in the 16th minute as their fullback gained possession out of a ruck and glided in from 10 meters. The conversion had the homeside up by 7.
Lansdowne responded in a minute 19. Sennin Flanagan kicked deep into touch and Lansdowne stole the ensuing lineup ball. A subsequent New York infringement led to fullback Flanagan converting a penalty and getting the Irishman to within 4. New York were getting warmed up and, in minute 28, scored a lovely unconverted try by their strong side winger through a sequence that had the ball pass through all of their backs.
Minute 36 had the Lansdowne pack on fire. Led by Pat Devery, Manus O’Sullivan and Ian O’Connor , the visitors recycled ball and got to within 3 meters of the in-goal where Mike Poplaski pushed over. In a minute 38, New York responded as Lansdowne were whistled for an infringement. The homeside’s out half converted thereby giving them a 15 to 8 advantage. New York closed the 1st half scoring in minute 40. A monstrous Garryownen saw their fullback chase and slam down as the subsequent conversion gave the Manhattanites a 14 point lead at the break.
New York continued their momentum to open up the second half. In minute 44 their expansive attack kicked in again as the advancing ball went out wide from sideline to sideline and they touched down for a 27 8 lead. In minute 46, a clearance kick was attempted by Lansdowne deep in their own territory, but was blocked and touched down by an advancing New York.
Four minutes later, a Lansdowne turnover at midfield saw a brilliant counterattack and run by the Manhattanites’ center, who touched down to widen the lead. Lansdowne responded in minute 60. Excellent work by Brian Fingleton and John McGuinness in close led to hooker Peter Barrett slamming down for Lansdowne’s 2nd try. Peter Finnigan converted to finish the visitors’ scoring. Minute 62 saw a well-drilled New York side demonstrate champagne rugby as their winger slammed home in clinical fashion. And in minute 73, the homeside scored an almost identical try as in minute 62 to close the numbers.
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