Rath­drum lose out

RUGBY LE­IN­STER LEAGUE ACTION

Bray People - - Sport -

RATH­DRUM RFC hosted Coolmine RFC at the Ivy Leaf grounds on Sun­day for their first game of the Le­in­ster League and where taught a harsh les­son by the Le­in­ster League favourites.

The score of 36-18 to the away side was a tes­ta­ment to a Coolmine’s side that in this writer’s opin­ion maybe the best side to have played at the Ivy Leaf ground in many years. Both sides played a very sim­i­lar high-tempo game plan but Coolmine where sim­ply a class above on the day.

The game started as it fin­ished at 100 miles an hour with both side’s at­tack­ing at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity but it was Rath­drum who where the first to cross the try line. Num­ber 8 Ja­son Emery took a quick penalty and put man of the match, Sam Buck into a gap in the vis­i­tors de­fence.

Buck then re­turned the favour, al­low­ing Emery to sprint the last few me­tres to score un­der the posts. Score 5-0. Coolmine re­sponded with two trys be­fore half-time to leave the score 12-5 to the vis­i­tors.

The sec­ond-half com­menced with Coolmine im­me­di­ately scor­ing the try of the game af­ter a well worked backs move to leave the score 19-5. The home side then ral­lied with two penal­ties to bring the score to 19-11. Coolmine were not fin­ished though and cap­i­talised on some very weak Rath­drum tackling to score an­other two trys and a penalty in quick suc­ces­sion.

Rath­drum man­aged to get a con­so­la­tion try be­fore the end scored by new cap Ryan Con­ratty but over­all will be dis­ap­pointed with the per­for­mance.

Rath­drum will need to dust them­selves off and start again away to Long­ford next week. Harsh lessons where learnt on Sun­day but it is how we re­act to them which will de­cide our sea­son.

Mean­while the de­vel­op­ment side also lost against Coolmine, who won the Divi­sion 2 league ti­tle last year.

On a pos­i­tive note, the de­vel­op­ment side who re­ally strug­gled over the last two years be­cause of a lack of fix­tures, had no prob­lem get­ting a full side plus subs for the game.

With a few more games un­der their belt and the in­flux of a num­ber of the first play­ers next week things will only get bet­ter.

The Drum­mette’s also had their first home game of the sea­son against a strong Long­ford team. There was good per­for­mances across the board with the back row of Ciara Healy, Tammy Breen and AJ McQuarie show­ing real signs of de­vel­op­ing into a for­mi­da­ble unit.

The girls who had a strong firsthalf where dis­ap­pointed to come into half-time 12-0 down. Heads where down com­ing into the sec­ond-half and this re­sulted in Long­ford dom­i­nat­ing the first 20 min­utes leav­ing the score 17-0 but the Drum­mette’s ral­lied and played some great rugby in the clos­ing min­utes of the game. In the writ- ers opin­ion, it may take this team a few games to set­tle given the amount of new play­ers who have ar­rived this sea­son but when they do set­tle, the de­vel­op­ment league would want to watch out!!!

First Team: 1. Gary John­son 2. Neil Short 3. Brian Done­gan 4. David Wal­she 5. Ker­rin Buck 6. Danny Clear 7. Sam Buck 8. Ja­son Emery 9. David Woolm­ing­ton 10. Ryan Con­ratty 11. David Burke 12. Mor­gan Sheri­dan 13. Shane Burch 14. Ian Snell 15. Fi­ach O’Toole Subs used: Con­nor Par­sons, Michael Dowl­ing, Steven Dowl­ing, Ro­nan Phe­lan, Rob Con­ratty.

De­vel­op­ment Team: 1. Shane Byrne 2. Dean Ga­han 3. Rob Con­ratty 4 Barry O’Neill 5. Dar­ragh Flan­nery 6. Brian Burke 7. Karl Kennedy 8. John Cash­man 9. Andy Kenny 10. An­thony Byrne 11. Vin­nie Kingston 12. Steven Lang­don 13. David Phe­lan 14. William Byrne 15. Cathal Doyle.

Ladies Team: 1. Sa­man­tha Arm­strong 2. Sharon Fox. 3. Lisa Cahil 4. Linda Woolm­ing­ton 5. Stephanie Burch 6. Ciara Healy 7. Tammy Breen 8. Aj McQuarie 9. Siob­han McKenna 10. Sue Brady 11. Lisa Dunne 12. Neasa Ola­han 13. Grainne O’Kelly 14. Amanda Pierce 15. Nikki Carter. Subs Used. - Siorfa Kenny, Leonie McMullen, Aine Geaghe­gan, Mel Rawl, Me­riam Byrne

Rath­drum’s Andy Kenny in action against Coolmine.

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