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Enniskillen ladies were finally triumphant in their quest for silverware this season after easily overcoming Carrickfergus at a day of Ulster ladies rugby on Sunday afternoon. They took home with them the Ulster Ladies Shield and will now go on to represent their province in the All-Ireland equivalent competition in the coming weeks ahead.
The girls bounced back superbly after enduring a heavy defeat to, the eventual premier competition winners, Queens University last weekend to record another handsome victory to add to their 2014/15 C.V.. The scene was sent amid the usual backdrop of partisan (for a better use of words) home crowd of Carrickfergus who hassled the referee at every opportunity. It was also played as a 10-a-side game (on a full pitch) as Carrick were feeling the effect of a full season leaving them with a long list of injuries and absentees. That mattered not to Skins who duly stuck to their task by playing some beautiful flowing rugby amongst gritty work in the tight by the forwards in what can only be described as a mud bath! Try scorers on the day included: Shauna Murphy (2), Collette McMorrow (1), Leona Hallett (2), Kathryn Dane (2), Fionnuala Glover (1) and it was the half back pairing of Murphy and Dane who really impressed with some excellent running, off-loading and their exposure of space behind the Carrick defence with some superb searching kicks. The forwards too receive an honourable mention for their tireless work as the energy-sapping muck took it's toll as the game wore on, they made it easy for the backs to expose the gaps in their oppositions defence until the final minute, no mean feat considering the situation. It was though, once again, a great team performance which coach Robbie Watson was delighted with and the All-Ireland competition now awaits on the horizon as a curtain closer on what has been a great season for the girls after the loss of some high-profile players last season.
The girls celebrated in style with some sliding about in the muck and a mud fight (to which coach Robbie Watson eventually found himself in the middle of!). They wish to thank Robbie for all his hard work during the season, their sponsors Blakes Of The Hollow, Enniskillen R.F.C. for their input and their loyal group of supporters who follow them up and down the province.
To see photos or keep up to date with news and fixtures, visit the girls Facebook group page www.facebook.com/groups/EnniskillenLadiesRugby