Lots of positives despite defeat to Railway Union
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.