Lots of pos­i­tives de­spite de­feat to Rail­way Union

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - LE­IN­STER LEAGUE

WICK­LOW’S Se­nior women took to the field in their first ever game in the top di­vi­sion in Le­in­ster Rugby against top qual­ity op­po­si­tion in Rail­way Union last Sun­day in Ash­town Lane.

The Wick­low girls played with the wind in the first half and were out of the gates quickly.

They had Rail­way pinned back in their own half of the pitch for the first 30 min­utes.

The Rail­way girls were strong in de­fence as the Wick­low girls came at them in waves.

The first scor­ing op­por­tu­nity cam when the Wick­low girls got a penalty in front of the posts about 20 yards out but the home team de­clined the kick at goals and went with a quick tap penalty which Rail­way re­pulsed.

A lit­tle later Wick­low went wide and were de­nied a try in the cor­ner with the ref­eree deem­ing it to have been a dou­ble move­ment.

As half-time loomed Rail­way Union started to get out of their half for the first time with their out­half and cen­tres com­ing more and more into the game, Wick­low how­ever held firm and the sides went in to the break af­ter an ex­cit­ing first half with the scores and nil-nil.

In the sec­ond half roles were re­versed and it was the Wick­low girls who were un­der the cosh.

Their lack of a match the pre­vi­ous week maybe start­ing to im­pact on their fit­ness but with both de­fences on top it was al­ways go­ing to be a tight af­fair.

Wick­low de­fended stoutly un­til the 60th minute when So­nia McDer­mott scored to take the Dublin side into a 5-0 lead.

Wick­low how­ever were not slow to re­spond and ex­cel­lent work by Jess Sch­midt and Orla O’Neill opened a gap for debu­tant Ella Roberts to carve through the Rail­way de­fence and score un­der the posts.

The score was now 5-5 with the con­ver­sion at­tempt com­ing back off the post. The vis­i­tors came back strongly how­ever and were soon pound­ing on the Wick­low line with ten min­utes to go.

Wick­low looked to have weath­ered the storm but a yel­low card re­duced the Wick­low girls to 14 and this seemed to gal­vanise the Dublin girls for one more ef­fort.

Late tries by Anna O’Neill and Aoife O’Shaugh­nessy made it 5 -15 to Rail­way.

The re­sult left the home team dis­ap­pointed not have got any­thing out of the match but this was a great per­for­mance for their first bow at this level and bodes well for an ex­cit­ing sea­son ahead.

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