Cooke Ladies 1st XV v Enniskillen Ladies 1st XV Fixture - Feb 1, 2015

Team Score Pts
Cooke Ladies 1st XV 29 - 10 Enniskillen Ladies 1st XV

Match Report

Rosie Stewart Memorial Ulster Cup - Round Three

Enniskillen travelled to Belfast on Sunday to play AIL 2 champions Cooke in their 3rd round of the Ulster Cup.

From the Skins kick off and into the wind, our ladies had a lot of heart going into the game and off the bat Skins made an impact when warrior Sarah Teague made a break. She cut through the Cooke back line and ran 20 yards before the home team’s defence were able to stop her, unfortunately the Skins support was not able to match her pace and Cooke turned the ball over.

Consistent pressure from the Enniskillen backs resulted in a kick to touch in which prop Sarah Evans managed to steal possession from the Cooke line out. Swift hands through the backs to Kathryn Dane, ‘Impartial Reporter Sports Personality of the year’, linked with centre Noreen Nethercott who broke through the gain line, catching Cooke on the hop, but was held up on the try line.

Skins spent the rest of this half defending, bar moments of pace from the backs in which exceptional play by Clare McMorrow and Nethercott led to great forward momentum. Skins first try of the game came from a powerful run created by prop Ashling Maguire who in the breakdown was awarded a penalty scrum which Skins used to take advantage of their territory and Nethercott was over for a well deserved try.

From the 2nd half kickoff, Skins created pressure on their opposition but unfortunately a penalty went against Skins which led to a scrum for Cooke. The ball found its way to Nethercott who along with Murphy and Eimear Corrigan had great interlocking play and kept Cooke on their toes.

The final 20 minutes of the game, Skins pressure boiled over and Clare McMorrow made a break to within yards of the Cooke 22. From the scrum, Skins were awarded a penalty in which a quick thinking tap and go and even quicker hands resulted in Nethercotts 2nd try of the game.

Although the score ended 29 – 10 to the home team, Enniskillen should take some positives from their own game play. There were moments throughout when Skins created chances, but just didn’t profit when they had possession. Had the chances been exploited, the end score could have been different. Cooke played with a much higher level of consistent intensity which Enniskillen matched only at phases throughout the game. However, the last 20 minutes was a much more consistent level of intensity and where the team aims to be in the coming years.

With two wins out of three games, Enniskillen have made it through to the semi final of the Ulster Cup, away to Queens on the 15 February 2015 and if they come through this stage they could well set up a rematch with Cooke in the final.