CARRICK-ON-SHANNON ladies travelled to Enniskillen on Sunday last to play Carrickfergus Ladies in a friendly. The southern girls were punching well above their weight in this impressive performance against an experienced AIL 2nd Division team. After ten minutes the score line favoured the northern girls after two missed tackles saw them make an impressive break scoring under the posts and in turn converted to take the lead 7-0

After keeping the Carrickfergus girls in their own half for some time the Carrick on Shannon girls were rewarded by a Penalty for not releasing the ball. After quick ball taken by Captain Kelly Richardson, it was played out to the wings with precision handling and an impressive try was scored by Martina Flattery under the posts and converted by Claire McDermott. Carrick’s spirits were elevated and Claire McDermott took the ball in, ran from Carrick’s own 10 meter line past five Carricfergus girls side stepping left and right to score the second try for the Carrick on Shannon girls within seconds of the restart. This spectacular pace from the second row player was put to the test again from the KO taking it in again and making an impressive break however Carrickfergus were wise to the pocket rocket and deep inside their 22 Carrick arranged themselves well. Cliondha O’Donnell as first receiver made a break to the try line but was held up by the Strong Carrickfergus pack. Good communication and handling skills saw a nice off load to Michelle Duffy and third quick try which was duely converted by Claire McDermott.

The second half saw the backs play with some confidence going through their repertoire of moves which was rewarded by a second try from Martina Flattery. After the restart Carrickfergus gained possession and an excellent demonstration of pick and drive rewarded them with two tries in quick succession however only one conversation. Some formidable counter rucking by the southerners turned the ball over in the Carrickfergus half and ball moved out to the wing saw rookie Catriona Lynch dash down the wing however the northerners back line were there to protect their try line. Quick recycling from scrum half Claire Carty saw Cliondha O’Donnell spot a gap and broke through the Carrickfergus line but a try saving tackle from Carrickfergus out-half saw the ball knocked on. Carrick on Shannon rookie Trish Anderson made some nice try saving tackles on the wing however two more tries were run in by the Northern outfit seeing them move seven points clear. 

One aspect of play which impressed the Carrick on Shannon coaching staff was the southern girls debut at scrummaging. Lots of positives to take from this match as the southern girls showed great determination and grit. Next fixture is a friendly away to Castlebar next weekend.

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