Sunday’s Well recovered from being 15 points down inside the opening quarter to make a decent game of it, Dolphin having to rely on a late penalty to make sure of victory.
Dolphin assistant coach Barry Keeshan was relieved: “We wanted to start well because it seems in every league game we have gone 15 or more points down early on, and there was a big emphasis on getting a good start. We did start well but we faded, Sundays Well came back into it and at the end it was a big relief.”
Did the gap in status help? “I don’t know really because we were giving them full respect.
“At the end of the day, it was a cup game between two clubs just across the park so there was always going to serious competitive stuff and we showed no disrespect to them whatsoever.
“I suppose, overall, the fact that we scored three tries to one counted. You would like to think so anyway. If we had scored three to one and lost then it would probably have been a sign of bad discipline.
“For the most part, we will be happy with the performance, their try was a block down so overall our defence and our tackling were positives to take away as well, of course, as the win.”
Dolphin enjoyed a great start, storming into the lead after three minutes when skipper Chris Roe got over for a try that Darryl Foley converted.
The out-half added a penalty after six minutes and Robert O’Sullivan grabbed the second unconverted try after 13 minutes.
To their credit, Sunday’s Well never caved in. Shane O’Riordan missed one long-range penalty attempt but nailed one in the 26th minute.
After O’Sullivan scored a second try for Dolphin, the losers kept plugging away until Joshua Neilson’s persistence paid off when he charged down an attempted clearance and was fastest to react over the Dolphin line.
O’Riordan converted to leave it 10-20 at the break.
Sunday’s Well winger Robert Browner came desperately close to grabbing another try, but it was left to the goal kickers to add to the score board, O’Riordan and Foley each scoring twice from penalties.
S McAuliffe, R Reardon, W Hanly, R O’Sullivan, D Keogh, D Foley, K O’Keeffe, J Leahy, A Mason, K O’Halloran, C Roe (captain), D O’Mahony, R O’Herlihy, K Allen, K O’Leary.
C O Flynn, R O’Connor, R O’Reilly, L Coughlan, L Moloney, P Yelverton, L Abbott.
E Geary, R Browner, M Chandler, R O’Mahony, J Neilson, S O’Riordan, P Arigho, E O’Connell, A Ryan-Crowley, R Stapleton, O Glynn, E Ackland, S Kelly, K Hodnett, J Mulcahy (captain).
K Stokes, F Moynihan, M Lavelle, B Dineen, J O’Sullivan, T Maher, R Buckley.
C Harrington (M.A.R)