Rathdrum go down fighting against Carlow
Rathdrum 10, Co. Carlow 47: Rathdrum R.F.C. hosted Carlow on Sunday in the first round of the Provincial Town’s Cup and always knew it was going to be a big ask to pull off a result.
Carlow have won the Town’s Cup more times then any other club in Leinster and it was clear from the first minute of the game that this was a team with ambitions of going the whole way.
Rathdrum played bravely throughout but the away team’s composure and aggressive style meant they came out comfortable winners in the end. A big well done to the players, who stuck to their task to the bitter end.
Carlow now meet Dundalk at Oak Park in the next round, but they may have to face the joust short Joe Gorman and David Williams who were red-carded in the closing quarter of a physical encounter in Rathdrum.
And they may be without Cian Moore and Paddy Barcoe who could be abroad for the fixture, but coach Jason Jones is more than pleased with the assembly of young players who he feels can go a long way in the competition, one Carlow have dominated in the past and with five wins in six seasons, culminating in elevation to AIL status.
Then they can look to the return of seniors Padraig Brennan and Alex Mahijlovic for the second round and will be fancied to progress against once of the former powers of the junior game and a club formerly coached by Carlow coach Dan van Zyl.
It was a cultured performance from the Oak Parkers who were run out of the cup in the last two years by struggling Enniscorthy and demoted Kilkenny, but Jones feels that the buzz in training and with the return for several players that they will be strong contenders for the pennant.
Carlow were 6-0 from two Can Moore penalties and went 16-0 after tries by Ross Jackson and Doug Ratahi with Rathdrum replying with a late penalty before the interval.
The same patern continued after the intermission with Jackson, Ratahi and Zerefa adding tries and Moore supplying the additional points in a comprehensive performance.
The Rathdrum team that took on Carlow in the Provincial Towns Cup.