Cool heads take late spoils

by Gazette Reporter

COOLMINE are up to fourth after a last-minute penalty try against Clondalkin RFC saw them claim the points at Ashbrook last weekend.

Coolmine came into the game on the back of a three-game losing streak and knew a loss would have put them deep in the relegation zone.

Clondalkin started the better of the two sides and after four minutes some slick passing allowed them to break down the right wing. An inside pass to Mark Molloy gave them their first score of the day.

Coolmine responded well with a try from Gavin McIntyre in the right corner. A fine skip pass from Donal Crotty found David Steacy who drew the last defender and offloaded to McIntyre for a free run to the line. Crotty narrowly missed the difficult conversion.

Similarly to the previous fixture at the start of the season, this game was end to end, and Clondalkin responded with another try 12 minutes before half time from Karl Jebb.

Coolmine responded well with a penalty through the boot of Donal Crotty after a Clondalkin player was penalised for lying on the wrong side. The half ended with Coolmine pounding the Clondalkin line but they held out to keep the score 12-8 at the half.

Coolmine were looking to build on their dominance at the end of the first half and from the restart Robbie Savage caught the kick and Coolmine were back in possession.

Some fine phases of play from Greg Culhane and Geoff Mullan lead to a penalty 35m out. Crotty narrowly missed the penalty and the score remained 12-8.

Ten minutes later, Coolmine were awarded another penalty which Crotty duly converted.

Five minutes later it was Clondalkin who were on the attack and managed to sneak over the Coolmine try for their third of the day. The conversion was narrowly missed and with only 10 minutes remaining, Coolmine were six points down.

From the restart, Coolmine kicked the ball deep into the Clondalkin half and the clearance kick was sliced into touch after some great pressure from the chasing Johnny Lee. Lee went on to hit his man in the lineout and after some fine work from the Coolmine forwards and backs, Coolmine were awarded a scrum underneath the posts.

The Coolmine scrum had been solid all day and unlike the end of the first half, Coolmine’s dominance finally reaped just rewards when a penalty try was awarded after four penalties and a yellow card to Clondalkin.

Crotty added the extras to give Coolmine a hard-earned one-point victory.

Coolmine’s final game before the Christmas break is this Saturday versus league leaders Wanderers in Merrion Road at 2pm.

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