LPRFC D2 45 SS Irish 26
Against a much-improved and dangerous Irish side, Park played with a new-found pace to record their first win of the season.
With a reshuffled back-line – in part due to injury and unavailable players – Park found space in the wide channels time and again.
A try by Long, after a sustained period of pressure was quickly cancelled out when the Irish replied with a try. Park looked to use new wings Walsh and Murray at every opportunity and Carroll too was always willing to enter the line from his fullback position. Only two last gasp tackles, one by his own player prevented what would have been certain scores.
Schwartz, with a customary burst, scored under the posts and Murray giving chase to his own clever kick, pushed Park out to a two-try lead before the Irish responded with a second try just before half time.
Newcomer Cawley was a quiet leader of Park’s defensive organisation as their forwards had to absorb strong runs from the huge Irish pack and Waryjas especially, responded with a large tackle count.
Two scores Finnegan and one from Bean extended Park’s cushion early in the second period but yet again the Irish demonstrated their resiliency as they scored two of their own.
Park regained their composure and were not only able to run down the final minutes of the game but added to their total as Jahner took advantage of an Irish decision to not engage a five meter lineout, to turn and score.
Team: Leyman (Kowalski), Long (Shaaban), Waryjas (Heaton), Cawley, Jahner, Schwartz, Laux, Fleming, Garwood, Bean (Husselbee), Walsh, Weimer, McCann, Murray, Carroll (Finnegan)
Try: Finnegan 2, Murray 1, Bean 1, Jahner 1, Schwartz 1, Long 1
Con, Jahner 4