RESULT North Shore 17–Syracuse 58
April 30, 2016, 2:00pm @ GEAA Field, 663 Summer St, Lynn, MA 01905
Referee's Official Match Report
No report on record.
Our Match Report
The Reds were treated to perfect weather and a pristine pitch to kickoff their match against Syracuse. Three 30 minute periods were instore for a 2pm kickoff at GE.
The match started with aggressive forward play from both packs as they set the tone for the day. 10 minutes in Syracuse was first to get on the board as their outside center was able to make a NS player miss and scamper in from 15 meters out.
NS response quickly and within 5 minutes had pinned Syracuse deep in their own half. Good crash ball forced the opposition into a penalty 10 meters out and an alert Cam Short tapped the ball and headed into for the try line successfully touching it down. The following conversion put NS up 2.
NS kept the pressure on for the remainder of the 30 minute period. Late in the period, Syracuse was able to intercept an ill advised pass and put the ball between the sticks to give Syracuse a slim lead 12-7 at the end of the 30.
The 2nd 30, NS came out as what could only be described as "flat". For 10 minutes, Syracuse controlled the game from every aspect. Three quick tries were popped in and before NS could gather itself they found themselves in a 27-7 hole.
At this point, NS strapped on their boots and went to work. Sean Mahoney broke of a long run, filled with miss tackles which ended with Brian Estrabrook scoring his first try for NS. NS continued to control the game and pressure Syracuse into mistakes. Despite between outweighed greatly in the pack, NS held their own and when called upon, won a key 5 meter scrum that ended with James Sullivan scoring right up the gut. The period ended and NS pulled itself to within 10, 27-17.
The third 30 saw host of new players for NS, including many in their first season. Those out there represented the red jersey well despite going up against a veteran A side squad. Dan Kerber stepped in at 12, which was the first time he had ever left the pack, and was able to win himself one of the MOM awards for his bruising runs and stout defense.
MOM - Sean Mahoney and Dan "Carebear" Kerber.
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