Clontarf remain top of the table following a hard-fought win over defending champions Lansdowne at Castle Avenue yesterday.
Clontarf played most of the rugby in the first half, with captain Ben Reilly dominating the lineout, and took the lead through a David Joyce penalty. Lansdowne responded with a Scott Deasy penalty less than five minutes later, but both sides failed to register any more points in a rather uneventful first half.
The home side began brighter following the restart, and their early dominance was rewarded when Joyce added a second penalty from close range.
However, the visitors soon levelled, Deasy kicking a sublime penalty from wide on the left. Shortly after Joyce had kicked his third penalty, the visitors had winger Cian Aherne yellow-carded.
Clontarf seized their opportunity with a much-deserved try courtesy of Michael McGrath. Joyce added the extras, extending the lead to 10 points with 15 minutes left.
Lansdowne responded with a try through Mark Roche to bring it within three points, but Clontarf held on for what might be a crucial victory in the title race.
Link to complete Flickr photo set of the game here.
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