ULBohs Women's XV v Galwegians.
- Published on 04 November 2013
A 4 try bonus point win for UL Bohs Women’s team secures a place in the top four of the All Ireland League Division1 for the play-offs in April 2014.
UL Bohs forwards very much in control.
UL Bohs ladies played Galwegians in a must win game for both teams in the AIL Div 1 in Annacotty. In what can only be described as a dream start the very agile and alert centre Niamh Briggs secured possession outside the ‘Wegians 22 and made a solo run to score the first try of the game under the posts in the second minute. Niamh was also successful with the conversion. Lovely Jubbley. UL Bohs continued to put on the pressure but they were unable to breakthrough a strong Galwegians defence, but eventually a good run down the right wing saw our speedy right winger Aoife Crowley cross for her first try for the Robins on 22 minutes. However the visitors were not going to give in and made their way back down towards the Bohs 22 as a result of a good kick ahead. Galwegians made a number of efforts to cross the line but UL Bohs denied them until on 29 minutes they ran in to score an excellent try under the posts, and this was followed by a good conversion. No further points were scored in the remainder of the first half, which saw UL Bohs 12 to Galwegians 7. Despite the home side playing the better rugby this was still anybody’s game.
Both teams were a little bit fired up at the start of the second half as there was a lot at stake for the winners. Galwegians made their way down to the Bohs line and again the defence was to deny them a very valuable score. On 56 minutes Niamh Briggs kicked a very nice penalty for a much needed 3 points. This widened the gap to 8 points between the teams and it was now looking a bit better for the Robins. As in previous games the Bohs forwards were obviously well drilled and put on a magnificent display and with a lot of pressure resulted in a drive from the 22 for a pushover try by Gillian Bourke on 60 minutes. The all important 4th try was again as a result of the forwards repeating the same and they got over the line for Gillian Bourke to get her second try. Galwegians were a very determined side but overall the UL Bohs ladies proved to be the more successful on the day. At the final whistle it was UL Bohs 25, Galwegians 7.
There was great satisfaction amongst the team, officials and the home supporters for a job well done. The girls are really ready for the last game of the league next Sunday which is away to St. Mary’s in Dublin. With the fourth place secured in the play-offs it has put a great spring in their step. The team were also very pleased with the numbers who turned out to support them.
A well deserved player of the game was awarded to Valerie Mitchell.
UL Bohs squad on the day: Fiona Coghlan (Captain), Gillian Bourke, Leah Barbour, Julianne Stack, Maeve Darcy, Jennifer O’Leary, Valerie Mitchell, Fiona Hayes, Sara Jane Cody, Nicole Fitzgerald, Liz Burke, Hannah Davy, Niamh Briggs, Aoife Crowley, Aine Staunton, Kate Sheehan, Marie Eviston, Sara Hartigan, Malica Radic, Paula McCarthy, Syphonia Pau, Rebecca McLoughlin.
Post match wind down Hannah Davy, Paula MCarthy and Liz Burke
Match Report: John Keane.