In a competitive and action packed match featuring a total of seven tries, hosts Old Blue posted a 29-19 win over visiting White Plains in Northeast DI club league play Saturday.
In so doing, Old Blue came back from a 19-8 halftime deficit to score three converted second half tries, while holding White Plains scoreless in the process. Old Blue flyhalf Dom Waring was the game’s top scorer, with nine points from three conversions and a penalty goal.
Visiting White Plains opened the scoring in the fourth minute when flanker Joe Judge touched down in the corner, following a short range attack on the Old Blue line. Flyhalf Matt Walsh converted, 7-0.
Old Blue responded in the 15th minute with an unconverted try by fullback Fitzjames Adams at the conclusion of an attack that started near White Plains’ 22. That made it 7-5.
A penalty goal by flyhalf Dom Waring gave Old Blue a brief lead of 8-7 in the 24th minute. Two minutes later, however, an unconverted corner try by White Plains’ flanker Demetrious Magdelenos, following a set piece inside Old Blue’s five, put the visitors back on top 12-8.
White Plains’ largest lead (19-8) came in the 34th minute, with a try by wing Andre Oliveira that flyhalf Matt Walsh converted.
With a light wind now at its back in the second half, the fortunes of host Old Blue changed markedly, as they scored 21 unanswered points on their way to victory.
Old Blue’s comeback began ten minutes into the second period. A try by Old Blue flanker John Hoehman, that Dom Wareing converted, reduced White Plains’ lead to 19-15.
Old Blue went ahead in the 20th minute of the second half after they took a tighthead 15 meters from White Plains’ line. Old Blue drove forward, allowing lock Mike Cartwright to touch down and Dom Waring to convert, 22-19 OB.
Old Blue added an insurance try in the 36th minute when big No. 8 Jordan Badia-Bellinger picked-up ten meters from White Plains’ line and barreled in for the touchdown. The conversion by flyhalf Dom Wareing brought the final score to Old Blue 29, White Plains 19.
Old Blue moves to 3-0 in the Northeast, while White Plains drops to a very competitive 0-3.
Old Blue 29
Tries: Adams, Hoehman, Cartwright, Badia-Bellinger
Convs: Wareing 3
White Plains 19
Tries: Judge, Magdelenos, Oliveira
Convs: Walsh 2
Referee: Greg Gilliam