Lucy plays star­ring role for Ire­land

Bray People - - SPORT -

LUCY MUL­HALL in­evitably played a star­ring role as the Ire­land Women’s Sevens team lifted the Chal­lenge Tro­phy in the Paris Sevens tour­na­ment.

Ire­land bested Rus­sia in the fi­nal on Satur­day and it was the first time in their his­tory where the girls in green de­feated Rus­sia.

It was their sec­ond time this sea­son to scoop the Chal­lenge Tro­phy as Ire­land’s stock con­tin­ues to rise.

Ire­land missed out on a Cup quar­ter-fi­nal place af­ter an ag­o­nis­ing sin­gle-point de­feat to Spain but bounced back to seal ninth place and claim the Chal­lenge Tro­phy.

Ire­land had pre­vi­ously fin­ished top of the Chal­lenge Tro­phy class in Dubai and earned a spot in Satur­day’s fi­nal with a 17-7 vic­tory over Wales.

The Welsh took the lead in that one but Ire­land got their noses in front with two min­utes re­main­ing thanks to an Amee-Leigh Mur­phy Crowe try which Mul­hall con­verted.

The Ti­na­hely Tor­nado’s clever restart put Wales on the back­foot again and al­lowed Ire­land to put some gloss on the score­line as they crossed the try­line again.

That set up the show­down with Rus­sia and again it was Ire­land’s op­po­nents that struck first blood and lead 5-0 at the in­ter­val. Ire­land replied with a try of their own but from a very dif­fi­cult an­gle, Mul­hall missed the con­ver­sion to leave it on a knife edge with the clock tick­ing down.

Ex­tra time was loom­ing when Rus­sian player Maria Per­es­tiak de­lib­er­ately slapped the ball out of Mul­hall’s hands and earned her­self a yel­low card and Ire­land pun­ished them to clinch the gold.

Ire­land’s Lucy Mul­hall was prom­i­nent as al­ways in the Chal­lenge Tro­phy win last week­end in Paris.

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