Search

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.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the East London Advertiser. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Latest East London Sports News

09:15

The Twenty20 World Cup may not go ahead as the leader of the game in host nation Australia revealed the schedule for October and November is under a “very high risk”.

Yesterday, 16:30

British Rowing, British Cycling and British Athletics are teaming up with Blue Peter to row, cycle and run the distance between the Blue Peter studio in Salford and the Japan National Stadium in Tokyo in just 30 days.

Yesterday, 15:42

The 2019-20 Premier League season will restart on Wednesday June 17, with Arsenal visiting Manchester City and Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United.

Yesterday, 15:13

The European Tour will resume in July with a run of six tournaments over six weeks in the UK, but the Dutch Grand Prix has been put back until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Yesterday, 15:00

West Ham United’s Pablo Fornals revealed his relief about the return to training at Rush Green as the Premier League looks to restart next month.

Yesterday, 14:58

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have confirmed a further delay to the start of the professional domestic cricket season, with no play before August 1.

Yesterday, 12:00

With sport slowly starting to return across the globe during the coronavirus pandemic, why not test your sporting knowledge with another quiz?

Wed, 19:03

Eoin Morgan would be “surprised” if the T20 World Cup goes ahead as scheduled later this year but indicated any deferment will not shape his future as England captain.

PROMOTED CONTENT

The Government is encouraging people to stay alert as many take their first steps back to their workplace.

The Government has announced an unprecedented package of support to protect jobs and support business across the UK during the coronavirus outbreak.

People working for a wide range of private companies have been standing side-by-side with public sector staff on the front line during the coronavirus outbreak.

Most read sport

Competitions

A competition for wannabe writers has been started to add works to Canary Wharf’s ‘short story’ dispensers which are temporarily locked up by the lock down.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser