Rathdrum on top against Longford
Longford 17, Rathdrum 21: Rathdrum RFC made the long trip to Longford RFC on Sunday for their second game of the Leinster League.
The game started badly for Rathdrum with the home side immediately awarded a penalty in front of the posts, which they missed but where then awarded a 5-metre scrum.
After sustained pressure by the Longford pack they crossed the line to register the first points of the game. Score 5-0. Rathdrum immediately hit back with two penalties to leave the score 6-5.
Rathdrum easily dominated the rest of the first half with the tight five of Gary Johnson, Neill Short, Brian Donegan, Kerrin Buck and Captain David Walshe really standing up at scrum time and around the fringes.
This freed the back row up to begin linking with backs and it was from this that Rathdrum scored their first try. Rathdrum stormed into the Longford half with strong running from man of the match, Ryan Conratty and outhalf Conor Parson.
The home team where stretched allowing quick hands to put Shane Burch in for a great team try to leave the half-time score at 11-5.
The second half started with Rathdrum extending their lead via a penalty to 14-5.
Longford upped their game and started putting some good moves together. This coupled with a yellow card to Rathdrum hooker Neil Short saw the home team rally with 3 penalties to leave the game tied at 14 all.
A further penalty then saw them take the lead by 17-14. Back to 15 men on the pitch and with about ten minutes to go, Rathdrum knew they needed to lift it and lift it they did.
After sustained pressure, outhalf Conor Parsons chipped though allowing centre and man of the match Ryan Conratty to out sprint the Longford cover defence and touch down in the corner. Parsons converted to leave the score 21-17.
The last five minutes was a war of attrition but the boys held strong and victory was secured.
Conor Parsons of Rathdrum in full flight.