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Eagles Swoop Late To Shock Scots.

Eagles Swoop Late To Shock Scots.

Two late tries for Connacht Eagles ensured the Irish a shock 30-27 win over London Scottish this afternoon which all but ended the Exiles' B&I Cup qualification hopes.

Two late tries for Connacht Eagles ensured the Irish a shock 30-27 win over London Scottish this afternoon which all but ended the Exiles’ B&I Cup qualification hopes.

The Scots seemed in total command having opened up a 27-16 lead in the final ten minutes before slack defending and a never-say-die attitude from the young Eagles side saw the hosts score 14 unanswered points to claim their first win of the campaign.

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Scottish come away from The Sportsground with their third losing bonus point from as many games but this will be scant consolation to James Buckland and his squad who produced a lethargic performance.


Connacht took a fifth minute lead through Conor McKeon’s penalty before Peter Lydon replied in kind 12 minutes later with a fine nudge in testing, blustery conditions after a concerted period of pressure by the visitors.

It was all square for barely 60 seconds with McKeon making no mistake with his second penalty of the afternoon.

The penalties continued to be traded, Lydon making it 6-6 on 26 minutes but McKeon did miss his third penalty attempt which clattered off the post – only to make amends immediately with another penalty for 9-6.

The Scots were struggling to get into the game for long spells but another prolonged period of pressure just before half time saw them rewarded.

PJ Gidlow and James Phillips did the hard yards before skipper Mark Bright crashed over under the posts on the stroke of half-time.

Lydon’s successful kick was the last action of the half meaning James Buckland’s side were 13-9 to the good after an indifferent opening 40.

The Irish began the second half impressively battering the Scots line with wave after wave of attacks.

Eventually Connacht deservedly got over the whitewash courtesy of winger Jerome Harimate after he was played in by scrum-half John Cooney despite fierce pressure at their own scrum five metres from the line.

McKeon’s conversion moved Connacht 16-13 ahead.

The Scots went back in front inside the last 10 minutes.

A huge driving maul from 22 metres out involving 11 London Scottish players resulted in Chris Walker going over.

Peter Lydon’s conversion moved Scottish 20-16 ahead and it got better for the visitors four minutes later when a Lee Millar break set up Miles Mantella who ran in from 30 metres to score under the posts.

Again Lyon was on target with the conversion and suddenly the Scots were nine points ahead.

However the Irish never gave up and centre Shane O’Leary collected a cross field kick to touch down on 78 minutes with McKeon’s conversion setting-up a grandstand finish.

Then, with the final play of the game, flanker Stephen McVeigh took advantage of some desperately poor London Scottish defending to score the winning try which was again converted by stand-off McKeon.

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London Scottish:
15, Peter Lydon; 14, Connor Braid; 13, Chris Auld; 12, PJ Gidlow; 11, Miles Mantella; 10, Dan Newton; 9, Matt Heeks; 1, James Hallam; 2, Adam Kwasnicki; 3, Stewart Maguire; 4, James Phillips; 5, Tai Tuisamoa; 6, Gregor Gillanders; 7, Chris Walker; 8, Mark Bright (c).

Used replacements: 16, Mark Lilley; 17, Todd Gleave; 18, Max Maidment; 19, Neil Best; 20, Sam Stuart; 21, Lee Millar;

Unused replacements: 22, Charlie Dochery.

Scorers:

Tries: Bright (40mins). Walker (70mins), Mantella (74mins).

Conversions: Lydon (40mins, 70mins, 74mins).

Penalties: Lydon (17mins, 26mins)

Connacht:
15, Ciaran Gaffney; 14, Dave Panter; 13, Shane O’Leary; 12, Peter Robb; 11, Jerome Harimate; 10, Conor Mckeon; 1, Jacob Conney; 2, Pat O’Toole; 3, JP Cooney; 4, Cian Romaine; 5, Ultan Dillane; 6, Stephen McVeigh; 7, Rory Moloney; 8, Eoghan Masterson.

Replacements:  16, Paul O Donnell; 17, Saba Meunargia; 18, Aaron McCloskey 19, Marc Kelly; 20, Conor Lowndes; 21, Aidan Moynihan; 22, Dwayne Corcoran

Scorers:

Tries: Harimate (55mins), O’Leary (78mins), McVeigh (80mins).

Conversions: McKeon (55mins, 78mins, 80mins).

Penalties: McKeon (5mins, 19mins, 31mins)

Officials:

Referee: Craig Evans

Assistant Referees: David Connolly and Karol Collins
 

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