Ama­zons can’t clip the Fal­cons’ wings

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AF­TER a cagey start from both Ark­low and Port Dara Fal­cons with try­ing to get their bear­ings in win­tery con­di­tions on Sun­day at The Oval both teams set­tled into the game.

Gaps be­gan to open up for the op­pos­ing team, putting their first try and con­ver­sion over within the first 15 min­ures.

Lead from the front by Ark­low’s Cap­tain Rachel Cooney, they knew they had to tighten up and re­turn back to ba­sic rugby.

Af­ter a few han­dling er­rors by the op­po­si­tion it put pres­sure on the Fal­cons. Front row hooker Louise Mur­phy made sev­eral strong breaks run­ning at pace through the de­fence line caus­ing dom­i­nant rucks and scrum half Kiri McLough­lin to let fly the ball out to Ark­low’s backs Tara Gav­i­gan, Suzanne Tyrell and Claire Ni­chol­son to dash up the field only to un­leash the ball to Rachel Cooney who drove the ball over the try line.

An at­tack­ing li­ne­out gave Ark­low Ama­zons the per­fect plat­form to re­group their tac­tics and Sa­man­tha Byrne went over for a try af­ter break­ing through Port Dara Fal­cons de­fence line.

Work rate in the solid scrums and sturdy ball car­ries from Kelly Ann Con­roy and of­fload­ing to the props Lau­ren Messitt and Lor­raine Dunne added the ex­tra oomph to the Ark­low side.

Fresh legs and speed fac­tor were in­tro­duced in the sec­ond half with Ark­low sub­sti­tutes Dee Buck­ley Earls, Me­gan Cullen and Me­lanie Mued­der in the back­line and Rachel Bolton made an im­pact in sec­ond row pro­vid­ing more strength in the scrum to keep the pack mov­ing for­ward.

The Ama­zons will dust them­selves off and play again next Sun­day away to Barn­hall. Tries from Rachel Cooney and Sa­man­tha Byrne and one con­ver­sion by Kiri Mc Lough­lin brought the fi­nal score line to 12-52 to Port Dara Fal­cons.

The team would like to thank the team physio/medic Sally-Ann Hud­son for her as­sis­tance to any in­juries on the day and they are also very grate­ful for all the con­tin­ued home sup­port on the side­lines too. Train­ing nights are Wed­nes­day and Fri­day from 7.30pm. All new mem­bers wel­come.

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