NUIG women got their first win in the Connacht Women’s League under their belt a little too late in the season to be in contention for a final spot. The students took on the Canterbury Warriors (Carrick-on-Shannon/Longford) in their penultimate Connacht Women’s League fixture on Sunday.
NUIG, looking confident after their midweek win against UCC, had the majority of the possession in the first half but failed to get over the line. Warriors defence kept College in their own half for extended periods. Conditions made handling difficult for backs and forwards alike and knock ons were rife. Hooker Paula Feaheny revelled in the resulting scrums several times managing to win Warrior ball against the head.
The NUIG back rows carried the ball well and were making yards with each phase. Flanker Brid Reddington and winger Alex Hennessy both identified overlaps that college failed to capitalize on. Elaine Johnson, hungry for more after her try on Wednesday, was held up over the line by some solid defence by the Warriors.
Several minutes into the second half Reddington put the first points on the board for College. She found herself out on the right wing and shrugged off several tackles before crossing the line. Sorcha Tarpey was next to score, in the left corner this time, in a well taken try which came through the backs to make it 10-0. The final whistle sounded shortly after.
The student’s season is starting to gain momentum, just in time for the first of the SSI College league fixtures. Two wins in the last week proved their strength in attack, but also in defence not conceding a single point in either game.
NUIG take on UL in Limerick on Thursday (14th Nov – KO 5pm).
NUIG v Canterbury Warriors: Eliza Kelly, Bárbara Oliveira, Kate Kerrane, Sorcha Tarpey, Alex Hennessy, Claire Masterson, Hannah Smith, Louise Kelly, Bríd Reddington (Player of the Game), Louise Fitzgerald, Grainne Donnellan, Rita Breen(Captain), Elizabeth McKeever, Paula Feaheny, Elaine Johnson.
Robyn Mullan (for Reddington), Erin Killeen (for Feaheny), Aishling Murphy (for Oliveira), Lilia Margarita Flores Mateos (for Hennessy)