Rath­drum stand strong to win against Tul­lam­ore

Bray People - - SPORT -

the for­wards led by great car­ries from Steve Fen­nell and Philip Snell, Rath­drum worked a try from a rolling maul, dot­ted down by hooker Noel Cross to leave the score 8-3 at half time.

Rath­drum started the sec­ond half as they fin­ished the first, on the front foot and a blind side move off an at­tack­ing scrum saw winger Liam de Hora race in to score in the cor­ner. This was fol­lowed soon af­ter­wards by a sec­ond Par­son’s penalty and Rath­drum seemed to be cruis­ing with the score 16 -3 af­ter 50 min­utes.

Pre­ma­turely re­lax­ing and the mucky pitch tak­ing it’s toll Rath­drum let Tul­lam­ore back into the game with two tries, one con­verted from un­der the posts, the other un­con­verted from the cor­ner. With five min­utes re­main­ing the score was 16-15 with Tul­lam­ore very much in con­trol. A won­der­ful try sav­ing tackle from Brian “Hanky” Han­lon play­ing at full back epit- omized the Rath­drum de­fence in the dy­ing min­utes. De­fence stood strong and Rath­drum ended victorious.

Calvin Swords play­ing his first full match in the back row fol­low­ing two years of in­juries was one of the high­lights of this Rath­drum per­for­mance.

Rath­drum now ad­vance to the sec­ond round where they play Eden­derry at the Ivy Leaf Grounds on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 26 with a 3pm kick off. This week­end Rath­drum play UCD in the penul­ti­mate match of the Metro Di­vi­sion 4 cam­paign again in Rath­drum on Sun­day at 3pm.

Squad: Brain Han­lon, Sean Kin­sella, Ro­main Gigon, Shane O’Neill, Liam de Hora, Conor Par­sons, Ro­nan Phe­lan, Stephen Fen­nell, Noel Cross, Danny Tuke, Diar­muid o’Bri­ain, Matt Bin­nions, Shane Burch, Calvin Swords, Dan Dowl­ing, John De­vitt, Cameron O’Neill, Philip Snell, Ciaran O’Neill, Dy­lan Kenny.

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