AIB League Division Three Final: Saturday, May 7Greystones 39 Instonians 20, Lansdowne Road Scorers: Greystones: Tries: Dave McKechnie 2, David Popplewell, Dan McGettigan, Rob Connolly, Nathan Beuck, Stewart O'Connell; Cons: Warren Edwards 2Instonians: Tries: Craig Simeon, Quentin Caulfield, Michael Orchin-McKeever; Con: Sean Flynn; Pen: Flynn
Inst, whose director of rugby John McKibbin and coach Bruce Cornelius were both in charge for a final time, did make a fight of it at the death as winger Michael Orchin-McKeever grabbed their third try to reduce the deficit to 27-20.
But the lighting pace of 'Stones right winger Nabile McNaughton eased any worries the Wicklow men had as his mazy run set up replacement flanker Nathan Beuck for a quick reply, and left winger Stewart O'Connell then made the result safe with a touchdown in the right corner in injury-time.
'Stones roared into a 22-5 half-time lead, with Dave McKechnie (2), David Popplewell and Dan McGettigan on target. Prop Pierre du Toit's sin-binning before the interval allowed Inst back into it.
Kiwi flanker Craig Simeon grabbed a try in the 16th-minute of the first half, then fly-half Sean Flynn added a penalty to replamacent Quentin Caulfield's try on the restart to keep the Belfast side's hopes alive.
'Stones flanker Rob Connolly - bagging an incredible eighteenth try of the season - broke past a high tackle to score before Orchin-McKeever further hacked away at the champions' lead with a well-taken try.
'Stones fly-half Warren Edwards claimed the man-of-the-match award for his marshalling of a fleet-footed backline.
Greystones: D McKechnie; N McNaughton, C McNaughton, A Higgs, S O'Connell; W Edwards, D Popplewell; L Murphy (Capt), R Willis, P du Toit, D McGettigan, G Murphy, S McEntee, R Connolly, C McEntee.Subs used: N Hopkins for du Toit (53-58 mins), Hopkins for Murphy (65), N Beuck for S McEntee (68) B Holmes for McGettigan (78).
Instonians: A McKinney; M Orchin-McKeever (Capt), N Stewart, M Young, G McClintock; S Flynn, A Craig; B Barrett, J Craig, G Mitchell, J Gardiner, K Morton, M Hill, C Simeon, M Smith.Subs used: D Sloan for A Craig, D Brownrigg for Barrett, F Gallagher for J Craig, Q Caulfield for Smith (all half-time), B Wallace for McKinney (56), McKinney for McClintock (69).
Sin-bin: Pierre du Toit (Greystones) (36 mins)HT: Greystones 22 Instonians 5 Referee: George Clancy (Munster)