Visiting Lansdowne prevailed in a physical encounter with Montauk by 22-7 and finished at the top of the standings going into the spring season. The match began with both sides attacking relentlessly but neither able to break across the line for good portions of the half. But in minute 26, Lansdowne forced their way down into Montauk's 22 when Captain Mark Giordano snared a ball out of the scrum and shot 20 meters into goal for the match's 1st score. Sennin Flanagan's conversion gave Lansdowne a 7 point advantage. Both sides' defensive trends continued until injury time. Minute 44 had a high tackle penalty against Montauk as Sennin Flanagan converted, thereby giving the Irishman a 10 point lead at the half.
Montauk were the first to strike in 2nd half as their impressive center ran in from 25 meters out in the 57th minute. The conversion brought the Long Islanders to within 3. Lansdowne responded in minute 61. Out of a ruck, Mark Giordano spun out wide to Marcus McAlinden who touched down under the posts. Sennin Flanagan's conversion upped the lead to 17-7.
Five minutes later, Lansdowne were unlucky as a lovely John Giordano try was disallowed due to a forward pass. The outstanding Lansdowne defense, led by the Giordano brothers Joe and Mark, as well as Shane Raftery, James Powell and Austin Purcell, was able to keep Montauk at bay. The numbers were finished in minute 33 as Marcus McAlinden launched a lovely chip upfield. John Giordano grabbed it and flew into goal untouched. Man of the Match was the always impressive Joe Giordano.
WHITE PLAINS "B" 21 LANSDOWNE "B" 7
This past Saturday, homeside Lansdowne "B" were bested by White Plains "B" at Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers. In the first half White Plains' pack dominated Lansdowne and were able to create a platform in which their backs attacked effectively. The first half resulted with the visitors scoring 2 lovely converted tries and holding a solid 14 point advantage. However, in the 2nd half, Lansdowne included the very impressive duo of Mike Crosby and Delf King into the front row which stabilize the Lansdowne scrum. That action, coupled with the outstanding defensive efforts of Austin Purcell and co-Men of the Match Will Horgan and Dan Devlin, gave Lansdowne a massive boost.
Minute 56 saw Dan Devlin slam down out of a ruck after a furious Lansdowne attack. Mark Giordano's conversion brought the homeside to within 7. But it was White Plains that concluded the scoring with a late converted try in the 78th minute to emphasize a well-deserved victory.
Moving to Ireland
After living in Ireland for almost one year, this is what I’ve learned