Rugby – UCC vs. ULLR match report- Pipped at the post.

On the 4th of November, a bus filled with UCC Ladies rugby team travelled  to UL Bohemians Rugby Club to take on ULLR. With a 6pm start, the girls knew from the first to the final whistle, it was a going to be a tough game. The opening ten minutes saw a plentiful supply of superb work from both backs and forwards, they really proved there is no “I” in team. A knock on from UL allowed UCC the put-in in the scrum. A quick pop from the number 8 to Laura Delaney (S.H), and a sly 2v1 encounter, laura swiftly passed to the awaiting Laura Sheehan (FB) and scored a try from 15 yards out (Not converted).

From the restart, the back line showed their character with many  intelligent plays, but could not break ULLR’s defence. However, with ground gained, it saw the forwards back in a similar position to where the first try was scored, the pressure was put on UL to get rid of the ball, out of their own 22. A yellow card for UL, meant they were down to 14 for ten minutes. Yet, with massive carrys from Ciara O Dwyer (POTM) and Becky O Sullivan, it was adament that a try was needed. With a few truck and trailers,  there was a gap in the ULLR defence right on the try line and the forwards polished off the phases with exactly what they wanted. Successfully converted by Mairead Ní Chathasaigh (OH).

With the hype of the first half being so successful, it was the point in the match where it took a turn for UCC Ladies. The penalty count increasing meant things were not going well. With a few silly mistakes from UCC meant UL’s confidence was on the rise. A yellow card for UCC meant they were playing some of the last twenty minutes with no outhalf. A ULLR scrum and the dancing feet of their number 8, led to a converted try. Soon after, a gap appeared in the UCC defence and yet again, UL were entering unwanted territory of the UCC’s try line. The pressure was mounting and decisions were panicky, the last 10 minutes meant everybody had to throw their bodies on the line. With another unfortunate try scored by UL, the final score had mounted to 19-12.  A damaging loss, but will welcome ULLR back to the Mardyke in the new year for round two.

A special mention to all the new girls, who played a super match, with nearly a whole new front row, and  additional new members in the back line, the girls really earned their position on the field. Onwards and upwards.

Tries: Laura Sheehan (1), Dinah O Mahony (1)

Conversions: (Mairead Ní Chathasaigh)