Glasgow Fall In Dublin Cup-Tie

Leinster 33, Glasgow 24Tantalising! Like that old Greek fellow, Tantalus, who could never quite reach the bunch of grapes, Glasgow aspired in the second half of the Celtic Cup quarter-final against Leinster at Lansdowne Road this evening. But they could not quite make it.To go as close as they did, they had to haul their way back from a worrying deficit of 3-21. They did more that catch up. They went ahead at 24-21 midway in the second half, with two fine tries by Paul Dearlove and Sean Lamont coupled to Dan Parks's goal-kickingBut they led for only five minutes. Leinster regained the initiative with tries by Brian O'driscoll and Gordon D"Arcy.Two penalty goals by Parks in first half-injury time clawed Leinster's lead back to 21-9 at the interval, and Glasgow began the second half as if they really meant business. Scott Barrow released Jon Petrie on a gallop up the middle into the home 22, and though the Glasgow captain was caught Barrow cropped up again with a fine offload that created the opportunity for Dearlove to score well out on the left.Parks missed the conversion, but 13_minutes into the second half Glasgow were level at 21-all thanks to opportunism by Sam Pinder and Sean Lamont to turn desperate defence into a breakaway try.Malcolm O"Kelly was only inches away from what would have been Leinster's fourth try. But he was penalised for a double-movement in attempting to score in a goal-line tackle. Pinder, only a minute on the field as a substitute, took a quick tap to run almost to the 22-metre line before releasing Lamont. A distance of 80 metres is not too far for the Scotland wing when he is sent clear, as he was twice at Llanelli earlier this month. No one could catch him on his run to the posts.Parks converted to equalise, and five minutes later he added his fourth penalty goal, taking Glasgow into the lead.It was a position that had seemed highly unlikely after the way first 40 minutes had gone despite Glasgow's willing efforts, most notably the contributions by Barrow, Kevin Tkachuk, and Scott Lawson. Tkachuk was the principal battering-ram in taking the ball up at the opposition, Lawson's support and linkage were admirable, and Barrow proved himself to be the creative centre that Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, had remarked on earlier this week.Glasgow had the chance to take an early lead, when Parks was wide with a penalty from halfway. Leinster, however, were the sharper in utilising space and width, as when they created the opening try for Girvan Dempsey on the left after seven minutes.David Holwell converted from close to the touch, and though Glasgow sprung back with a Parks penalty goal after good lead-up work by Barrow, Tkachuk, and Dearlove, the home team scored again in 17 minutes. Victor Costello finished off on the left despite an apparent knock-on by O'driscoll on the other flank. Again Howell converted for 14-3.Glasgow had a golden chance of a try after a thrust by Graeme Beveridge, Jon Petrie, and Dean Turner had sucked the opposition in to create space on the left. But Calvin Howarth could not finish off from Sean Lamont's return pass.At the other end those two had to combine to deny Kieran Lewis, but a third Leinster try was not long in coming, D"Arcy escaping from the Glasgow 10-metre line to score. Howell converted for 21-3.Parks, however, finished off the first half with two penalty goals. One was from 25 metres, the other from halfway. That second penalty hoisted the stand-off's Glasgow career tally to 400 points, and his team followed up in the third quarter with the Dearlove and Sean Lamont tries and the Parks goals to take the lead.Leinster had more left in reserve in the final quarter, with tries by their Lions centres, O'driscoll and D"Arcy. Howell converted the latter's second. But Glasgow competed to the end, which posed the inevitable question. How different might the game have been if Glasgow had played the whole game as they did in the second half? It was tantalising.Leinster - Girvan Dempsey; Gary Brown, Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, Kieran Lewis; David Holwell, Guy Easterby; Reggie Corrigan (captain), Shane Byrne, Ricky Nebbett, Ben Gissing, Leo Cullen, Des Dillon, Victor Costello, Keith Gleeson. Substitutes - Malcolm O"Kelly for Cullen (half-time), Denis Hickie for Brown (half-time), Shane Horgan for Lewis (half-time), Emmett Byrne for Nebbett (55 minutes), Brian O"Riordan for Easterby (58), Shane Jennings for Costello (66), David Blaney for Shane Byrne (74).Tries, D"Arcy (2), Dempsey, O'driscoll, Costello; conversions, Holwell (4).Glasgow - Calvin Howarth; Rory Lamont, Andrew Henderson, Scott Barrow, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Graeme Beveridge; Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Euan Murray, Joe Beardshaw, Dan Turner, Steve Swindall, Paul Dearlove, Jon Petrie (captain). Substitutes - Sam Pinder for Beveridge (52), Andrew Wilson for Swindall (52), Kenny Logan for Rory Lamont (54-62), Andrew Hall for Beardshaw (62), Andy Craig for Henderson (62), Logan for Howarth (66), Ben Prescott for Murray (73), Fergus Thomson for Lawson (76).Tries, Dearlove, Sean Lamont; conversion, Parks; penalty goals, Parks (4).Referee - Nigel Williams (Wales).Leinster 33, Glasgow 24Tantalising! Like that old Greek fellow, Tantalus, who could never quite reach the bunch of grapes, Glasgow aspired in the second half of the Celtic Cup quarter-final against Leinster at Lansdowne Road this evening. But they could not quite make it.To go as close as they did, they had to haul their way back from a worrying deficit of 3-21. They did more that catch up. They went ahead at 24-21 midway in the second half, with two fine tries by Paul Dearlove and Sean Lamont coupled to Dan Parks's goal-kickingBut they led for only five minutes. Leinster regained the initiative with tries by Brian O'driscoll and Gordon D"Arcy.Two penalty goals by Parks in first half-injury time clawed Leinster's lead back to 21-9 at the interval, and Glasgow began the second half as if they really meant business. Scott Barrow released Jon Petrie on a gallop up the middle into the home 22, and though the Glasgow captain was caught Barrow cropped up again with a fine offload that created the opportunity for Dearlove to score well out on the left.Parks missed the conversion, but 13_minutes into the second half Glasgow were level at 21-all thanks to opportunism by Sam Pinder and Sean Lamont to turn desperate defence into a breakaway try.Malcolm O"Kelly was only inches away from what would have been Leinster's fourth try. But he was penalised for a double-movement in attempting to score in a goal-line tackle. Pinder, only a minute on the field as a substitute, took a quick tap to run almost to the 22-metre line before releasing Lamont. A distance of 80 metres is not too far for the Scotland wing when he is sent clear, as he was twice at Llanelli earlier this month. No one could catch him on his run to the posts.Parks converted to equalise, and five minutes later he added his fourth penalty goal, taking Glasgow into the lead.It was a position that had seemed highly unlikely after the way first 40 minutes had gone despite Glasgow's willing efforts, most notably the contributions by Barrow, Kevin Tkachuk, and Scott Lawson. Tkachuk was the principal battering-ram in taking the ball up at the opposition, Lawson's support and linkage were admirable, and Barrow proved himself to be the creative centre that Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, had remarked on earlier this week.Glasgow had the chance to take an early lead, when Parks was wide with a penalty from halfway. Leinster, however, were the sharper in utilising space and width, as when they created the opening try for Girvan Dempsey on the left after seven minutes.David Holwell converted from close to the touch, and though Glasgow sprung back with a Parks penalty goal after good lead-up work by Barrow, Tkachuk, and Dearlove, the home team scored again in 17 minutes. Victor Costello finished off on the left despite an apparent knock-on by O'driscoll on the other flank. Again Howell converted for 14-3.Glasgow had a golden chance of a try after a thrust by Graeme Beveridge, Jon Petrie, and Dean Turner had sucked the opposition in to create space on the left. But Calvin Howarth could not finish off from Sean Lamont's return pass.At the other end those two had to combine to deny Kieran Lewis, but a third Leinster try was not long in coming, D"Arcy escaping from the Glasgow 10-metre line to score. Howell converted for 21-3.Parks, however, finished off the first half with two penalty goals. One was from 25 metres, the other from halfway. That second penalty hoisted the stand-off's Glasgow career tally to 400 points, and his team followed up in the third quarter with the Dearlove and Sean Lamont tries and the Parks goals to take the lead.Leinster had more left in reserve in the final quarter, with tries by their Lions centres, O'driscoll and D"Arcy. Howell converted the latter's second. But Glasgow competed to the end, which posed the inevitable question. How different might the game have been if Glasgow had played the whole game as they did in the second half? It was tantalising.Leinster - Girvan Dempsey; Gary Brown, Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, Kieran Lewis; David Holwell, Guy Easterby; Reggie Corrigan (captain), Shane Byrne, Ricky Nebbett, Ben Gissing, Leo Cullen, Des Dillon, Victor Costello, Keith Gleeson. Substitutes - Malcolm O"Kelly for Cullen (half-time), Denis Hickie for Brown (half-time), Shane Horgan for Lewis (half-time), Emmett Byrne for Nebbett (55 minutes), Brian O"Riordan for Easterby (58), Shane Jennings for Costello (66), David Blaney for Shane Byrne (74).Tries, D"Arcy (2), Dempsey, O'driscoll, Costello; conversions, Holwell (4).Glasgow - Calvin Howarth; Rory Lamont, Andrew Henderson, Scott Barrow, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Graeme Beveridge; Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Euan Murray, Joe Beardshaw, Dan Turner, Steve Swindall, Paul Dearlove, Jon Petrie (captain). Substitutes - Sam Pinder for Beveridge (52), Andrew Wilson for Swindall (52), Kenny Logan for Rory Lamont (54-62), Andrew Hall for Beardshaw (62), Andy Craig for Henderson (62), Logan for Howarth (66), Ben Prescott for Murray (73), Fergus Thomson for Lawson (76).Tries, Dearlove, Sean Lamont; conversion, Parks; penalty goals, Parks (4).Referee - Nigel Williams (Wales).