Midleton 11 Greystones 13
No one could have predicted before the game just how tight a battle this match would be. Greystones, second in the table and chasing promotion, arrived with an air of expectation of a formality in the encounter. While Greystones did emerge victorious, Midleton were rueing what might have been as this was truly a game of two halves.
Midleton got play underway and immediately Greystones were on the offensive. Strong defending and good discipline from Midleton sees the visitors camping in the Midleton half but unable to capitalise with a scoring opportunity. Eventually Midleton drive forward and win a Penalty just about ½ way. They opt for the chance to open the scoring but the attempt is short.
Greystones gather and counter attack driving Midleton back to their own half. After a good spell defending, a Midleton mistake sees the opportunity for Greystones to open the scoring and their full back Ross Spillane duly delivers. Its about 22 minutes in and the score is Midleton 0 Greystones 3.
On the restart and Greystones up the anti again pushing hard into the Midleton half. A break from the out half sees Killian Marmion over for a try after 30 minutes. Things now seem to be going the visitors way and they pile on the pressure. Midleton defend well and counter attack, the reward a penalty at half time but Christian is unlucky again. At halftime the score stands at Midleton 0 Greystones 10.
Midleton are not willing to give up, and come out fighting after the break. Eager to push Greystones back and attacking strongly, Midleton cede another penalty opportunity that sees the visitors move to 13 points with about 46 minutes played. Undaunted by the scoreline Midleton attack strongly from the restart, Greystones are not prepared for the pressure from a side determined to push through in search of a win.
Some great pressure play in the next few minutes sees Ryan Lehane in for Midletons first score of the day, the result of a great team effort of sustained pressure.. The score is now Midleton 5 Greystones 13, 55 minutes into the game. Now Midleton have their backs up and attack again. Greystones are on the back foot and not able to contain the home team. Some great set play sees Christian lined up for a drop at goal that he slots over easily, Now its Midleton 8 Greystones 13.
Its all Midleton for the last 20 minutes, piling on the pressure and on 71 minutes another penalty and the home team are within 2 points of the visitors. Midleton were unlucky not to get a score to seal the win, while the visitors will count themselves lucky to hang on in the end. It was a spirited performance by the home side that everyone can be proud of.
Next up is Navan on the 15th at home – a win would guarantee our place in the league for another season.