Rath­drum youths storm into Le­in­ster fi­nal

Bray People - - Sport -

ON A fan­tas­tic day for Rath­drum RFC, the clubs Un­der-16 team se­cured Rath­drum’s first ever ap­pear­ance in an un­der­age Le­in­ster fi­nal with a hard-fought 17-7 win over Wex­ford RFC in Ark­low.

This is prob­a­bly the best group of play­ers to come through the Rath­drum sys­tem, they have stuck to­gether over the last few years and have re­ally stepped up a notch this year storm­ing their way to the semi­fi­nal with some great re­sults.

They now have an enor­mous op­por­tu­nity to be Le­in­ster cham­pi­ons. How­ever, win or lose, the club and county should be very proud of th­ese lads.

The game, which had to be re­played af­ter it was called off at half-time two weeks ago due to the weather, was al­ways go­ing to be a tricky af­fair. Rath­drum had lead the first game 7-0 be­fore it had been called off, so where rel­a­tively con­fi­dent.

The game kicked off with Rath­drum im­me­di­ately ap­ply­ing pres­sure from the start with the open­ing score com­ing from a for­ward drive straight up the mid­dle of the pitch with Niall Doyle touch­ing down. A great team try, con­verted by Conor McGraynor. The first-half ended with Rath­drum in the lead 7-0

The sec­ond-half started off very much like the first-half with Rath­drum dom­i­nat­ing pos­ses­sion and work­ing hard across the pitch.

This re­sulted in Wex­ford in­fring­ing, the re­sul­tant penalty was con­verted by McGraynor to leave the score 10-0. Then against the run of play the Wex­ford full-back broke and scored a fine in­di­vid­ual try to leave the score 10-7.

This was when you re­ally saw the back­bone of this Rath­drum team. They came out fight­ing and it wasn’t long be­fore they re­gained their two score cush­ion with a fine try by McGraynor to leave the score 17-7. Wex­ford never re­ally got back in the game af­ter that and Rath­drum fin­ished comfortable win­ners.

This was a com­plete team per­for­mance and a big well done needs to go to the team and to their coaches.

Rath­drum are now through to the fi­nal against Eden­derry at a venue to be de­cided. It is hugely im­por­tant that when the date is an­nounced that sup­port­ers make a big ef­fort to get down and cheer the lads on.

Rath­drum Un­der-16s, who made it through to the Le­in­ster fi­nal.

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