Ice-cool Lane leaves Clontarf on easy street
Old Belvedere 13
AIL Division 1A
Richie Lane was the hero at Castle Avenue, as his pressure penalty five minutes into stoppage time moved Clontarf up to third in the table following a thrilling encounter with Old Belvedere.
'Tarf had been hit with a sucker punch six minutes in when Belvedere full-back Danny Riordan intercepted an Evan Ryan pass inside his own '22', before running the length of the pitch to touch down in the left-corner.
Winger Josh Glynn secured a difficult conversion and was then on target with a penalty as the visitors opened up a 10-point cushion.
Clontarf were struggling to re-focus after conceding these scores, but they did give themselves hope before half-time through Tim McCoy's try, which reduced the deficit at the break to five (10-5).
Belvo's Leinster star, Leo Auva'a, almost drove over soon after the re-start, only to be forced into touch and Clontarf took advantage of this missed chance with a brace of penalties from Lane in the 59th and 68th minutes.
Belvo looked like they had done enough to seal their fourth win in-a-row when Glynn split the posts two minutes later, but 'Tarf refused to throw in the towel and, following a powerful maul deep into stoppage time, won a 30-metre penalty on the left-hand side, which Lane kicked over with some aplomb.
CLONTARF – D Fitzpatrick (N Reid 55); R Lane, N Myron, E Ryan, T McCoy; M D'Arcy, S Cronin (D Shanahan 61); B Barclay (T Furlong 51), C O'Flynn J Larbey 78), R Burke-Flynn, B Reilly, C O'Keeffe (S Crawford 63), M Garvey, A D'Arcy, F Cogan.
OLD BELVEDERE – D Riordan; J Glynn, J Kennedy, B Woods, C Murphy; S Crosbie, B O'Neill (F Lawlor 72); V Soden (G Duffy 78), M Cooney, A Howard, J Eden-Whatiri, D Moore, J Slattery, C O'Gorman (C Mallon 60), L Auva'a.
REF – O Hodges (IRFU)