Lucy plays starring role for Ireland
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.