Rath­drum ladies pip Garda in close en­counter

Bray People - - SPORT -

RATH­DRUM LADIES rugby team are back to league games in Divi­sion 3 hav­ing lost out in the semi-fi­nal of the Le­in­ster Cup to a strong Clon­dalkin side. Rath­drum Ladies were de­feated with a 17-5 score. Jessica Row­den got over the line for Rath­drum's only try of the day and Mo Dowl­ing re­ceived player of the day for her ef­forts in the out­half po­si­tion.

Rath­drum are now back to fight for a place in the league with four games still to be played. Rath­drum were home at the Ivy League Grounds to host league ta­ble lead­ers Garda RFC who are un­de­feated so far in the League. Rath­drum had a tough job from the on­set, Garda at­tacked from ev­ery an­gle with strong run­ners from the for­ward pack and the back line.

Garda pushed their way up the field in to Rath­drum's 22 but failed to make it over the line. Rath­drum's de­fen­sive line was held strong and on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions Garda were pushed back down into their own half. Rath­drum and Garda both put up a strong de­fen­sive team and both teams were evenly matched go­ing into half-time with no scores to show.

In the sec­ond half Rath­drum had all to play for and on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions made it down into the Garda half. With ten min­utes to go Rath­drum made it down the field and were awarded a penalty in front of the posts. Leanne Sullivan popped the ball over the posts. Garda fought back and went over the line but Rath­drum's for­ward pack held the ball up. The fi­nal score was Rath­drum 3, Garda 0. Player of the day was Stephanie Ward Wind­sor for her direc­tion in the game, and whose strong at­tack­ing runs caused con­stant up­set to the Garda side through­out the day.

The Rath­drum side also played last Sun­day in a friendly against Gorey Un­der-18's side. Rath­drum's con­fi­dence was up af­ter their win against Garda, how­ever the Gorey girls stepped up to the plate and com­pletely shook the home side through­out the day. Gorey dis­played great ruck­ing skills and Rath­drum were los­ing ball in each ruck. Rath­drum got down into the Gorey side and af­ter ten min­utes of play out­half Mo Dowl­ing fed the ball in­side to Neasa Olo­han who went over the line for the first try of the day. Fol­low­ing the kick-off, Rath­drum were back down into the Gorey side where off a line out, the ball was mauled over the line where Stephanie Ward Wind­sor went down for a try. Rath­drum 12-0.

Rath­drum were back down in the Gorey side again and with a ball passed out through the back line, saw a Gorey player in­ter­cept and she ran from her 22 up the field and un­der the posts for Gorey's first score. Half-time 12-7.

Rath­drum's frus­tra­tions were ap­par­ent at half­time and they needed to work to­gether as a unit, how­ever the young Gorey side didn’t al­low Rath­drum any room to move. With ten min­utes into the sec­ond half, Rath­drum were back in the Gorey side and with a robbed ball, the same Gorey player broke the de­fen­sive line and out ran the wingers and the full-back for Gorey's sec­ond try of the day. Score Gorey 14-12. Rath­drum were down play­ers due to in­juries and with a reshuf­fle in the back line.

With ten min­utes to go, Rath­drum's for­ward pack drove Gorey back up the field and put An­nMarie Burke over the try line. Rath­drum were now down to twelve play­ers on the field and with the last play Neasa Olo­han got the ball out of the scrum down the back line to full back Pamela Ma­her who broke the Gorey side and sprinted in Rath­drum's fi­nal score. Fi­nal score - Rath­drum 24-14 Gorey.

Rath­drum play Barn­hall away next week­end. Rath­drum's ladies rugby team is go­ing from strength to strength and con­stantly re­cruit­ing new play­ers, if you wish to play con­tact Grainne O'Kelly on 0863994244.

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