Good dis­play by Rath­drum’s De­vel­op­ment squad

Bray People - - Sport -

Long­ford 19, Rath­drum Dev 12: Rath­drum’s De­vel­op­ment Team also made the long trip to Long­ford on Sun­day and will be bit­terly dis­ap­pointed to not come away with a win.

The game started with Long­ford tak­ing the lead via two penal­ties to leave the score 6 –0. This was the sig­nal for Rath­drum to take con­trol of the game.

With Shane O’Neill and Man of the Match, An­thony Byrne form­ing an ex­cit­ing half back pair­ing, the rest of the back line of Vin­nie Kingston, David Phe­lan, Cathal Doyle and Steven Lang­don be­gan to re­ally find their feet.

Af­ter one Rath­drum move saw the ball move through over 6 phases, Rath­drum’s An­thony Byrne fi­nally crossed the for the away teams first points. This was con­verted to leave the away team lead­ing 76. Long­ford struck back im­me­di­ately with an­other penalty to leave the score 9-7 com­ing into the last few min­utes of the first half.

Rath­drum will feel ag­grieved that a seem­ingly per­fect try by prop, Rob Con­ratty was dis­al­lowed af­ter some great play by the Rath­drum for­wards namely Morvin Katene and Barry O’Neill.

The sec­ond half kicked off with Long­ford im­me­di­ately kick­ing an­other penalty to leave the score 12-7. Rath­drum re­sponded with a crack­ing try scored by winger, Cathal Doyle to leave the score 12 all with about 20 min­utes to go. Un­for­tu­nately Rath­drum where re­duced to 13 men at this stage due to an in­jury to Donal Phe­lan and the yel­low card­ing of full back Vin­nie Kingston. Long­ford took this op­por­tu­nity to score a con­verted try to fin­ish the game 19-12 to the home team.

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