The NUIG women got their CUSAI League campaign off to a winning start after playing IT Carlow in Dangan on Wednesday afternoon. In complete contrast to last year’s fixture, the home side dominated proceedings coming out the other side with a 14-5 win over the Carlow women.
Coming off the back of two narrow Connacht League defeats, the college women were determined to lay down a mark. Carlow were on the back foot from the very beginning and it didn’t take long for college to register their first try of the day, with outhalf Shauna O’Brien touching down under the posts. Carlow began to settle into the game late into the first half, a more organised defence keeping the NUIG women just short of the line on a few occasions. However, college continued to dominate on all areas of the field with the pack putting in another outstanding performance at scrum time.
From very early in the second half Carlow were struggling to keep up with the intensity and physicality of the NUIG women, suffering three ankle injuries throughout the game the travelling side were reduced to 14 players early in the second half. College began the second half the same way as the first launch numerous attacks on the weakened Carlow defense, after playing the ball out of their own half, Niamh Ní Dhroma opened her college account by breaking through several tackles and set up an easy conversion under the posts for Shauna O’Brien to add the extra points. Despite being a woman down Carlow came back fighting and took advantage of a momentary lapse of concentration in the college defence, with a breaking run from half way by to touch down 5 metres in from the line.
The NUIG women are back in Connacht League action next Tuesday, away to Carrick-on-Shannon.
By Katie Kilbane.