Westport U18’s bring home the Cup

Good Friday was an historic day for Westport RFC, renowned for the quality of their underage boys teams it was time for the girls to step into the spotlight. The girls under 18 team played Ballina in the Connacht girls under 18 cup final.

Westport kicked off into a strong wind and were immediately under pressure from the well fancied Ballina team. Huge tackling, and a well drilled defensive line quelled the Ballina attack and put Westport on the offensive .The first breakthrough came after 20minutes when Westport’s no10 Darwyn O’Halloran made an incisive break offloaded to Hazel Moran who broke into the Ballina 22,after strong rucking at the breakdown, Ursula Sammon dashed in for the first touchdown to leave the score 5-0.This score remained until half time.

Westport were straight out of the blocks in the second half with Becky Gavin strategically kicking behind the Ballina line one of these nearly lead to a try for Emily Ring but from the resulting scrum Westport took the ball against the head and with the Ballina back line in offensive mode Westport’s out half O Halloran made the break and touched down for Westport’s second try. With the score at 10-0 Ballina showed why they were favourites ,from the restart they put enormous pressure on Westport ,from a resulting ruck on the Westport line Westport captain Emma Fabby was sin binned .Ballina ran the penalty and scored a well deserved try.

This time last year this could have been a turning point but not this year .From the restart it was all Westport ,every ruck maul and tackle was hit with conviction .Big drives were being made by Emma Fabby ,Mairead Burke and Lucy Golden ,and with Ballina on the back foot at ruck time, Ursula Sammon raced through the cover to score under the posts. Becky Gavin added the conversion to make it 17-5 ,that score lasted to the final whistle ,this was truly a team display with conviction from start to finish .

Westport: Mairead Burke ,Claire o Leary, Erin Rowley,Lucy Golden, Ursula Sammon, Emma Fabby (capt) Niamh Tracey, Darwyn O’Halloran, Hazel Moran, Kaetlin Wallace, Shauna Horan, Allison Foy, Becky Gavin, Bronagh Walsh, Sinead O Grady, Emer O’ Malley, Shauna Baynes, Chelsea Joyce, Emily Ring , Niamh o Grady

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