Dundalk lads surge into semi final

Ratoath 12 Dundalk 48

Ratoath 12 Dundalk 48

Dundalk Under 17’s travelled to Ratoath in the North East League last week to record another win in the competition and set them up for a semi-final.

Dundalk got off to a great start when outhalf Stephen Arrowsmith, receiving a pass from scrum half Oisin Quinn, sold a dummy to his opposite number to score under the posts.

Within five minutes Dundalk had stretched the lead when a clever kick behind the Ratoath defence was chased by David Durnin who managed to collect the ball at speed to touch down for Dundalk’s second try. The conversion by Stephen Arrowsmith left the score 12 – 0 after ten minutes.

Dundalk were relentless and this resulted in a third try when Dundalk’s captain Tadgh McElroy touched down after fifteen minutes.

After good work by Dundalk’s forwards including Evan Quigley, Ciaran McConnon and Niall Malone, Stephen Arrowsmith was again given too much room by Ratoath and he punished them with his second try.

Ratoath were guilty again for missing tackles and Tadgh McElroy punished them by scoring his second try to leave Dundalk totally in control at half time with a score of 31-0.

The second half started at a slower pace. However after ten minutes Dundalk stepped up the pace and after some good work by Dylan Quigley, Ryan Meegan and Evin Quigley Dundalk scored their 6th try of the day when Stephen Arrowsmith completed his hat trick.

Dundalk’s seventh try was scored by Morgan McLoughlin with the assistance of his pack.

Dundalk, now leading 43–0, eased off a bit and this let Ratoath in for two tries. However Dundalk were not finished and after some good work in a ruck scrum half Oisin Duff picked up the ball wrong footed the Ratoath defence to score from 30 yards out. The final score was Dundalk 48 Ratoath 12.

Others to play well for Dundalk were Alex Cahill, Dan McWall, Aaron McGuigan, Cillian Quinn and Keith Dorian.

Next up for Dundalk is a home match against North Meath. If they manage to win this game it will secure them a home semi-final.

Dundalk U17 RFC: Niall Malone, Evan Kelly, Dylan Quigley, Evin Quigley, Ciaran McConnon, Ryan Meegan, Morgan McLoughlin, Stephen Arrowsmith, Tadgh McElroy, Oisin Duff, Aaron McGuigan, Dan McWall, Alex Cahill, David Durnin, Cillian Quinn, Keith Dorian.