Hannah O’Connor’s 11-point kicking distance proved crucial if: Black Rock College won 16-13 to finish Railway Unions Unbeaten run of 10 games in the Energia Women’s All-Ireland League.
Energia Women’s All-Ireland League: Results Overview
O’Connor Converted Meabh Deelys A 79th-minute effort, as ‘Rock’s statement win over Park Avenue brought the top four leaders one step closer to a place in next month’s final.
Good hands off of Railway’s close-in scrum saw Molly Boyne, Ailsa Hughes and Molly Scuffil McCabe combine to ship USA internationally Tess Feury passed for a 17th-minute try.
Nikki Caughey had been given an earlier penalty and after a brilliant three-pointer from O’Connor from distance, Railway conjured up a second attempt for the impressive Feury.
She writhed over the edge of the Blackrock 22 after a good job from the captain Niamh Byrne in the breakdown and the precise pass of fullback Scuffil-McCabe.
O’Connor narrowed the gap to 13-6 before half-time, and despite Blackrock dominating the area during the third quarter, Railway’s well-organized defense kept them out.
A great break from scrum half Hughes left the hosts chasing a third attempt, but Blackrock won the battle for the breakdown and an influential replacement Jackie Shiels turned the screw.
Shiels followed her own kick to win a penalty over O’Connor making it 13-9, before fullback Deely ran over the all-important try, released by passes from Shiels and Aoife waffle.
Captain Chloe Pearse and Enya Breen scored two tries each as UL Bohemians handed over Old Belvedere a 41-7 thrashing to move into second place.
UL outside the half Nicole Cronin opened the scoring in the UL Arena, threw a neat dummy and fired from 12 yards. Alana McInerney’s weaving break had Belvedere on the back foot for that.
Pearse plucked from a ruck and rumbled over, quickly adding her second five-pointer with a strong point from the edge of the visitors’ 22.
Munster’s Interprovincial Title Winning Skipper Sarah Quin squeezed for the bonus point score and a 22-0 interval lead for the Red Robins.
spurred on by Johnny Garth’s words at halftime, Belvedere hit back with an early try from hooker Vic Dabanovich O’Mahony, who burst in from a few feet away? Jemma Farrell had scored a penalty.
However, Bohs made sure they bounce back to winning ways with a new purple patch. They got three more attempts within 10 minutes, some nice footwork with substitution Clodagh O’Halloran in under messages next Muirne Walls quick tap and break.
Center Breen closed the score with a breakaway double, her first try saw her use a strong attack to accelerate midway for a superb 60-yard run-in. The 22-year-old showed her strength and pace to score again, wide on the left.
The battle for the Conference trophy looks like a three-horse race, with Suttonians and Galwegians on top and Ballincollig just two points behind.
ballincollig won the last meeting of the newly promoted clubs, lock Denise Redmond with seven points from the tee in their 17-14 triumph over Wicklow.
Suttonians continue their great recent form building a 22-5 lead at home against Malone Mary Healy came off the bench to run in a hat-trick of tries in the second half.
Catherine Martin broke a tackle and sent a well timed pass before flying Molly Fitzgerald to score the opening try from 30 yards.
The same two players led a quick break downfield right from the restart, with Fitzgerald passing a pass back in for the captain Lauren Farrell McCabe to outdo her opposite number, Shirelle Wilson, and score from Malone’s 10-meter line.
A nice jink and burst of pace took Malone full back Holly Brannigan through a gap for her sixth attempt of the campaign, but Sutts struggled to regain control to give herself a 17-point cushion at the break.
Lena Kibler crossed close range before hardworking center Martin earned the bonus point and crossed the half with an inviting flat pass from outside Nicole Caroll.
With Malone losing number 8 Lauren Maginnes to the sin bin, prop Healy took center stage with two strong carries for attempts and then a stellar solo effort from the visitors’ 10-meter line showing exactly why she’s on the cusp of an Ireland cap.
Number 8 Aifric O’Brien drove out from a few yards to take a runaway 46-5 win for Stephen Costelloe’s cost.
They have won four of their last five games and will host Galwegians next Saturday in a ravishing top of the table clash.
winger Rhiann Heery hit twice during Galwegians 27-7 resignation of cook. The Blue Belles built momentum early when Orla Dixon nipped for her seventh attempt of the competition season.
They added two more scores via Dearbhla Canty and Heery, who was let go for the left corner, for Cooke scrum half Hannah Downey dodges her way to close the gap to 17-7.
In the second half at Crowley Park, young second row Faith Oviawe got the bonus point for Jarrad Butler’s side, and they extended Cooke’s defense for Heery’s second of the day, set up by a well-timed pass from captain Mairead Coyne.