Rath­drum show promise but rue missed chances

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RATH­DRUM 5 STIL­LOR­GAN 12

RATH­DRUM wel­comed Stil­lor­gan to the Ivy Leaf Grounds on Sun­day for their sec­ond home league game of the sea­son.

Like pre­vi­ous games, Rath­drum showed promise with the ball in at­tack but were un­able to con­vert that pos­ses­sion in to scores and that proved costly in the end.

Nei­ther team were dom­i­nat­ing the open­ing half when some weak de­fence al­lowed Stil­lor­gan to score an un­con­verted try on the 20 minute mark.

Stil­lor­gan will prob­a­bly feel they should have added to the score line be­fore half time as they were play­ing with the wind but Rath­drum clung on to go in at half-time 5-0 down.

Some stern words from coach Neil Short at half-time seemed to do the trick as Rath­drum upped their work-rate in the sec­ond half and dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion but er­rors at cru­cial times let Stil­lor­gan off the hook.

A cru­cial blow to Rath­drum came mid­way through the half.

Rath­drum were at­tack­ing in Stil­lor­gans ‘22’ but a loose pass was picked up by the op­pos­ing cen­tre who ran the length of the field to score un­der the posts.

Stil­lor­gan’s vet­eran out half added the ex­tras to take the score to 12-0 in favour of the south Dublin team.

Rath­drum could have dropped their heads but to their credit they kept at­tack­ing through strong run­ning from the Dowl­ing broth­ers – Steven and Danny, Matt Bin­nions and Dean Franey.

Rath­drum scored their only try of the game on the hour mark when a maul from a li­ne­out was stopped five me­tres short of the line. Re­place­ment scrum half David Woolm­ing­ton gave good ball to out­half Conor Par­sons who went over for the try. The try was un­con­verted.

Aonghus O Bhrian, Calvin Swords and Sean Kin­sella were run­ning hard to try and get Rath­drum back on level terms but Stil­lor­gan’s de­fence was hold­ing firm and the stop-start na­ture of the game seemed to dent Rath­drum’s mo­men­tum.

Liam De Hora was work­ing tire­lessly at the break­down pro­vid­ing turnovers for Rath­drum to mount more at­tacks and for the rest of the game Rath­drum had the ma­jor­ity of pos­ses­sion.

Sens­ing an op­por­tu­nity to at least claim a draw, Rath­drum were awarded a penalty on half­way with the last play of the game. Kicking the ball in to Stil­lor­gan ter­ri­tory, Rath­drum set up a maul from the en­su­ing li­ne­out and were mov­ing for­ward but an­other turnover meant the chance was gone and the ref­eree blew the fi­nal whis­tle.

Rath­drum feel they could have got some­thing from the game but ba­sic er­rors let them down on the day.

Rath­drum now have a twoweek break which they feel may be com­ing at the right time so they can get on to the train­ing pitch and get ready for their next game away to Lans­downe.

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