RESULT North Shore 24–Mad River 32
October 31, 2015, 1:00pm @ GEAA Field, 663 Summer St, Lynn, MA 01905
Referee's Official Match Report
Closely fought match. North Shore rode a dominant scrum to a 21-14 halftime lead. Mad River adjusted with better back play in the second half to take a 29-24 lead with just a few minutes remaining. a drop goal as time expired sealed the win. Both times vould rue chances that went begging due to poor handling and passing out of tackles. Still, Mad River had a bit more skill on the day and achieved the result they were hoping for.
Referee: Peter Lloyd-Evans
Our Match Report
North Shore took on Mad River this past Saturday with hopes to revenge a one sided contest up at Stowe, VT last month. The first half offered a lot of back and forth action between the two squads. North Shore was able to get on the board first after spreading the ball the width of the field inside the opponent's 22 using quick ball along the way that resulted in Tommy MacRae with the finish to take a 7-0 lead. But it was Mad River that struck next with two converted scores to really seize command of the game with a 14-7 lead. The key return of Josh Barrett at prop allowed the North Shore pack to be a force in the set pieces which was an integral part of staying in this game. North Shore was able to get back on the board at roughly the half hour mark, a good look from Mr. de Leon on a weak side ball off a ruck on Mad River's 7 meter set up Sully sneaking in for a converted try. But heading into half with a tie score wasn't enough for the Reds. Again utilizing quick ball inside the twenty two gave NS a weak side line made up of both backs and forwards that allowed Kevin "Handsy" Hanlon to cross the try line as time expired, giving NS a 21-14 lead into halftime.
The second half had a comparable amount of back and forth action that was not reflected on the scoreboard. NS was able to generate opportunities in the open field but left the try line un-penetrated in the second half. Our organization and commitment on defense was more than adequate, but Mad River really turned up their offloading game in the second half, and made it very difficult on North Shore defenders. Mad River was able to score twice in the opening twenty five minutes in the second half. With a penalty conversion from the Reds, they were able to pull within 5 points with 5 minutes remaining, 29-24. But a devastating drop goal from Mad River as time expired punctuated the final score of 32-24.
You can call me biased but it was obvious North Shore had the better pack in this game. Apart from MOTM Josh Barrett, Brian Manning also made a return to the pitch as a sub in the second half as a more than solid reinforcement. In general I was proud of the way this team played on Saturday, despite how frustratingly disappointing it is to be in the game like that and not come away with a W, especially against a team that is atop our division.
After the game the two sides joined together at Spotlight in Beverly for a replay of the World Cup final, some team songs and good crack, witnessing the Devil himself play in a live band, tears of joy, and plenty of drinking.
North Shore has two remaining games, they will be playing against Boston RFC D3 on Saturday at Moakley with an 11 am kickoff.
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