OldBlue Tops Rivals NYAC, End Fall Season
Old Blue have put themselves in a good position heading into the spring season as they finished off the fall with a 35-28 win over their rivals NYAC. James Bird and Rick Kirkland led the way for Old Blue as they fell behind early only to come back and win. With three wins and one loss--which came to Life--in ARP play Old Blue have set themselves up in a position to face Life in a potential winner take all match in the spring on the final day of the season if things go according to plan.
Seamus Kelly, who was turning out for NYAC off playing in the World Cup, was active for NYAC early cutting through the Old Blue defense. He was able to earn a penalty for NYAC as a result and on the ensuing lineout NYAC used their forwards to power over for the try. With the conversion NYAC led 7-0 with just a couple of minutes gone.
It took Old Blue about ten minutes to respond but they did so by taking advantage of a penalty on NYAC. Taking a quick tap Luke Hume offloaded to Paul Unsworth for the try. The conversion was no good but Bird would added a penalty at the 23rd minute mark to put Old Blue in front.
NYAC would retake the lead just a few minutes before the half with another drive off a lineout. With the conversion they led 14-8 at halftime.
In the second half it was mostly Old Blue. Ryan Matyas got Old Blue on the board and in the lead again just three minutes in. NYAC would retake the lead on the restarted but James Bird put in a chip that found Kirkland in the 60th minute to put Old Blue down by one. Bird would hit a penalty to put Old Blue in front.
It could have been disastrous for Old Blue when Dom Wareing was sent to the bin with 14 minutes left but a second try from Kirkland soon after gave Old Blue a 30-21 cushion with ten minutes left. Mike St. Claire then scored to seal the match for Old Blue. NYAC would score a late consolation try.
Both teams are done for the fall season and both will start their spring season on March 19th when NYAC plays Boston and Old Blue plays the Wolfhounds.