Saturday 4th April saw the Connacht Cup action for 2015 come to a close. Firstly Galwegains/NUIG took on Castlebar in the plate final decider in Crowley park at 1.30. It was the Galway side that got off the mark first, Edel McMahon scoring a try, which was unconverted. Both teams defended well in the first half and it looked as if there was no way through for either team after the first try but McMahon struck again before half time leaving the score as 10-0 at the break.

Castlebar responded well in the second half, captain Caroline Staunton crossing for a try soon after the break, which was also unconverted. With only a score in it both teams had periods of possession but it was Galways Elaine Johnson who crossed after a series of forward pick and drives. Another missed conversion left the score at 15-5. The last points of the day were scored by Emma Doyle of Castlebar bringing Castlebar to within 5 points of the Galway side. Final score in Crowley park was 15-10 and captain Marion Doolan lifting the plate on behalf of her side.

Sligo WIC564Attention then switched to the Sportsground where Buccaneers were taking on Sligo in the Cup final. Both sides exchanged penalties in the opening 15 minutes, in testing wet and windy conditions both kickers performed admirably. The teams were well matched with both putting in huge defensive efforts. It was Ruth Goodwin of Sligo that crossed for the only try of the game, about mid way in the first half. The try was converted by Lauren McGee leaving the half time score at 10-3 to Sligo. After the break Buccs attacked with gusto but they couldn’t get past Sligo’s defence and neither team crossed the line again in the match. A jubilant Jacquai Mulligan lifting the cup for Sligo who won with a final score of 10-3.


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