Kieran Dolaghan puts the boot into Southwold to boost Cantabrigian's survival hopes
Kieran Dolaghan’s penalty proved vital for Cantabrigian as they boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation by beating Southwold 23-22 in London League 2NE.
The full-back had started the scoring with his boot in the 10th minute, and they extended their lead on the half-hour.
Tom Stace took the ball at speed 25m out, and there was no stopping him crossing the line, with Dolaghan’s conversion making it 10-0.
Southwold reduced the arrears to 10-3 at half time.
Dolaghan landed another kick to restore Cantabs’ 10-point advantage after the break, but Southwold hit back with an unconverted try.
From the restart, Cantabs set up a play in the Southwold 22 and a line-out was moved to Finn Morrison, who burst through three tackles to touch down. Dolaghan kicked the extras to make it 20-8.
Southwold responded with a converted try, but then Dolaghan slotted over a long-range kick from 35m to make it 23-15.
With two minutes remaining, Southwold touched down in the corner and converted to make it 23-22, but that signalled the end of the game.
The win has seen Cantabs move a point clear of relegation, with two games remaining.
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