Last-gasp penalty gives Clontarf victory


Clontarf 14 Old Belvedere 13:A Richie Lane penalty with the last kick of the match gave Clontarf a hard-fought victory over Old Belvedere in the Dublin derby at Castle Avenue.

Clontarf were awarded the penalty after great work from their forwards resulted in Old Belvedere replacement Colin Mallon bringing down a maul. Victory lifts Clontarf into third place in the table.

Old Belvedere got off to a great start with a try after five minutes. Fullback Danny Riordan ran the length of the pitch for his sixth try of the season after intercepting Tim McCoy’s pass in the Belvedere 22. Josh Glynn converted from a difficult angle and also struck a penalty shortly after to give the away side a 10-0 lead.

Clontarf scored a try just before half-time. A set piece saw full back Darragh Fitzpatrick create an overlap, allowing Tim McCoy to touch down in the corner. Lane missed the conversion but scored two penalties in the first 20 minutes of the second half to put Clontarf in front.

Glynn kicked Old Belvedere back into the lead with 10 minutes remaining with a penalty. They looked likely to hold out before Lane’s dramatic last-gasp intervention.

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