Rathdrum lose out
RUGBY LEINSTER LEAGUE ACTION
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.