Rath­drum go down fight­ing against Car­low

Bray People - - Sport -

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.

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