Young Lions fall short in derby clash

PUBLISHED: 15:46 07 February 2008 | UPDATED: 11:07 13 July 2010

MILLWALL Lions under-16s continued their improvement in their match against East London under-16s at Millwall Park on Sunday – but it wasn t enough to prevent their rivals winning 25-17. The visitors were first to score, touching down just 13 minutes into

MILLWALL Lions under-16s continued their improvement in their match against East London under-16s at Millwall Park on Sunday - but it wasn't enough to prevent their rivals winning 25-17.

The visitors were first to score, touching down just 13 minutes into the match but Millwall struck back moments later on the back of a 20 metre rolling maul which resulted in hooker and vice captain Michael De-Lastie scoring a try.

Centre Billy Grey kicked the conversion in windy conditions, as Millwall led 7-5.

East London then made a break down the left flank and their winger touched down just two minutes from half time, as both sides battled to retain possession.

But a minute later winger Jack Rowland, making his debut for Millwall, bagged the try which put the home side back in front 12-10 at the break.

Millwall kicked on in the second half with prop David Hayward scoring under the posts to put his team 17-10 up.

East London powered home with three consecutive scores earning a hard fought 25-17 win.

As the Millwall youngsters were celebrating their improved performances, many of the club's older generation were still treating various aches and pains from the previous day as the Millwall Veterans team made its first appearance on the pitch.

Featuring a collection of over 35's and many founding members, the Vets travelled to Writtle Wanderers to take on theChelmsford side's new old boys team.

The home side scored first and Writtle shot ahead to a sizeable lead with one other first half try. Millwall went close on two occasions but were held up over the line and went into the break trailing 14-nil.

Writtle continued their good run, scoring immediately and extending their lead to 21-nil before Millwall's pride kicked in.

Staring at a hollow defeat, the Millwall Vets rallied together and dragged themselves into the match with tries from John Geromoschos, Rupert Moreton and Jar O'Brien.

Trailing 21-15 with time running out, the Millwall Vets launched an attack on the Writtle line but were let down by poor handling.

Any hopes of a come back were snuffed out when Writtle scored to make the score 28-15.

Fly-half Eoin O'Conner scored a late try for Millwall and the score finalised 28-20.

After the match, Writtle chairman Mark Dempsey presented Millwall with a cheque for £250 as a donation for their club house fund.

Founding member and Vets team manager Larry McCabe said: "Writtle have been fabulous hosts and we are looking forward to hosting them next time the Vets get together, although it may be a little while before the aches and pains go away though!"

l Millwall's 1st XV were knocked out of the Essex President's Shield competition in the quarter finals by the Writtle Wanderers, losing 22-17.

Despite ties from Chris Copping, Adam Brook and Dan Lawrence, Millwall were unable to progress to the semi finals of the competition they won so convincingly last season.

Millwall face an up-hill task of avoiding relegation from Essex Division One with all of their remaining league matches against teams in the top half of the competition.

This run starts on Saturday against Upper Clapton at Victoria Park.

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