Rath­drum lose out to Ashbourne

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Rath­drum De­vel­op­ment 6, Ashbourne 2nd 14: Rath­drum’s De­vel­op­ment Team played the Ashbourne 2nd team in Rath­drum on Sun­day.

How­ever, the day started off un­favourably for the Rath­drum side when two of their key play­ers were caught in traf­fic on the way to the game, which re­sulted in Rath­drum hav­ing to play the first 20 mins with 13 men. This did not de­ter the home side who ten min­utes into the game re­ceived the op­por­tu­nity to get three points ahead off the boot of Anto Byrne for an Ashbourne in­fringe­ment. Both sides slogged it out for the first half and de­fence held strong for the home side and vis­i­tors alike as the ex­pe­ri­enced Ashbourne squad at­tacked through their heav­ier pack whilst the nim­ble Rath­drum backs probed from all ar­eas. Half time showed a score­board of six all from penal­ties awarded to both sides.

At the start of the sec­ond half the home side were again re­duced to 13 men as two of its play­ers spent time in the sin bin for in­fringe­ments at ruck.

Fi­nally the vis­i­tors got into the Rath­drum half and were gifted a penalty, which put them three points ahead. Rath­drum went on the of­fen­sive once again but could not break the solid de­fence put up by Ashbourne and in the dy­ing min­utes of the game, the vis­i­tors sealed their 14-6 victory with a well worked un­con­verted try.

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