The last 35 minutes of this game seemed to last 35 hours as Dolphin put in an incredible performance to hold on to their lead.
The game started well for Dolphin with Cam O’Shaughnessy scoring a try in the opening 5 mins, Daryl Foley providing the conversion. The lead did not last long as a defensive error let the Co Dublin side in to equalize.
John Fitzgerald, the captain, continued to lead from the front, scored Dolphin’s 2nd try while the returning “Player Manager” Phillip Dowling scored the 3rd try with Foley adding another conversion to make it 19-7.
In the 35th minute the referee adjudged a low tackle to be no arms and dangerous and worthy of a red card, reducing Dolphin to 14 when centre Craig O’Connell saw the line.
Things got worse for the home side when he was followed by 2nd row Diarmuid Keogh for a high tackle and Dolphin were down to 13 for the final 35 minutes.
Then Malahide got their 2nd try and a 3rd was to follow, however, a determined Dolphin side get the vital 4th and bonus point try and it was 26-19. A penalty in front of the sticks for Dolphin saw Daryl Foley put a light more daylight between the sides 29-19.
All you could hear from the terraces was “what’s left” every few seconds, and when finally the ref gave the nod to Daryl Foley that he could put it out and the celebrations began.
Thanks to Declan Forest for the photo’s, and his assistant.