Ark­low girls se­cure big win in Tul­lam­ore

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

ONE could for­give the Ark­low RFC Un­der-16 girls if they ap­proached last week’s away cup match against Tul­lam­ore with some trep­i­da­tion.

They were asked to travel a 200 mile round trip to take on a highly ca­pa­ble Tul­lam­ore out­fit on a wet and windy Satur­day morn­ing.

The Ark­low girls re­mained un­daunted by the trip and set to the task from off. The Ark­low girls ag­gres­sively at­tacked the rucks, with Clodagh Lee and Ava Ka­vanagh caus­ing real prob­lems, and would not al­low the home team im­pose them­selves on the game. This ap­proach paid div­i­dends as it al­lowed the Ark­low team get into the Tul­lam­ore half, re­cy­cle quick ball and al­low wing for­ward Doire­ann Martin over the line un­chal­lenged leav­ing the score at 5-0.

The Tul­lam­ore team pressed hard to level to score but strong de­fend­ing from Pru­dence Mabuza, Emma Keane and Emer Cullen man­aged to keep them at bay. In the sec­ond half the Ark­low team re­asserted them­selves once more and quick ball al­lowed Mabuza over the line to leave the score at 10-0 with 10 min­utes re­main­ing.

The home side would not rollover how­ever and con­tin­ued to pres­sure the Ark­low team.

How­ever an ex­cel­lent team ef­fort saw the Ark­low team cre­ate a counter at­tack ul­ti­mately send­ing Mabuza over for her sec­ond try of the day leav­ing the fi­nal score at 15-0.

This was a mas­sive team per­for­mance, in the for­wards and credit must go Ciara Collins Moore and Leah Ce­cil for their ex­cel­lent scru­mag­ing – their first day at con­tested scrums, in the backs Emma Keane, Emer Cullen and Pru­dence Mabuza shone. ARK­LOW SQUAD: Leah Hersee, Suzie Mur­phy, Emma Keane, Pru­dence Mabuza, Emer Cullen, Ava O’Neill, Daisy Tyner, Leah Ce­cil, Ava Ka­vanagh, Ciara Collins Moore, Clodagh Lee, Aine Hend­ley, Lara Prestage, Doire­ann Martin, Jane Neill, Kerri Cleary, Caoimhe Kelly Nolan.

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