Rath­drum on top against Long­ford

Bray People - - Sport -

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.

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