|Carrickfergus Ladies 1st XV
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||Enniskillen Ladies 1st XV
Don't let the scoreline fool you, it flatters Carrickfergus massively. This was a big performance from the girls in maroon as they simply blew the opposition away. It was tough from the offset as the partisan home crowd did their very best to get under both the skin of the referee and the Enniskillen players but the visitors stayed focused on the job to pick up their second win on the bounce.
What turned out to be a very physical game was played almost exclusively in the home sides half of the pitch with Skins also boasting the lions share of possession. The lively visitors dominated the game from start to finish with Carrick grabbing a late consolation try from their solemn foray into Enniskillens territory, aided massively by a 5-minute spell of indifference from Skins which seen them concede a number of penalties and missed tackles. It was an unfortunate blemish on an other wise excellent performance.
The first 3 points came 5 minutes in from the boot of Shauna Murphy after some great scrummaging from the forwards. Another penalty followed soon after and although this one shaved the post Alana McCaffrey predatory instincts kicked in and she was on hand to pounce on the loose ball for the games opening try, which was duly converted by Murphy. More great work from the set-piece seen Shauna McMorrow, a titan all day in the line-out, steal the ball against the head, it found it's way to Murphy who sent a searching kick over the heads of the onrushing Carrick defence and once again McCaffrey poached for another touch down.
The second half kicked off with the already slippery conditions worsening which seen both sides guilty of a number of handling errors. Skins dominance at the set-piece was once again evident as McMorrow won more ball at the opposition line-out to set-up another attack. Sarah Teague, a colossus on the day, probed a gap in the defence and the found captain juggernaut Leona Hallett running a great line, how fitting her grand-parents are dairy farmers as she cut through the defence like a hot knife through butter. Captain Hallett off loaded the ball to an on-rushing Ashling Maguire who purposely finished off a great piece of flowing rugby with another try, ran in from 22 meters out.
Maguire was once again to benefit from a textbook piece of rugby from the leviathan Teague who hit a gap, committed two defenders and floated a delicious off-load in the tackle to set up Maguires second and teams fourth try of the day. Excellent work by the skins back-line, especially unyielding behemoth Collette McMorrow, who was full of running, had set up what was to be the final play of the game which seen the girls pick up a bonus point for their efforts, nothing short of what they fully deserved.