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Women's 1st XV

16/10/20111:00pmLeagueNavan5 - 24St. Marys Womens 1st XVAway

St. Mary's College RFC Women 24 v Navan 05

16/10/11 - Away -AIL Division One Phase 1 Round 3

Unfortunately facing into their third match, St. Mary’s women’s team had suffered more injuries with Captain Gill Nolan still in that bracket also. However the travelling Saints started well having travelled the short journey out to Navan. Within minutes, Louise Kavanagh scored her first of two tries using her pace to round the Navan defence and touch down over the line.

St. Mary’s kept the pressure on and were rewarded with another try relatively quickly. Unfortunately, instead of turning the screw, Mary’s began to concede penalties which let Navan back into the game. When the home side got a bit of rhythm, they looked threatening and broke through the Mary’s defensive line. Linking up well, they looked sure to score but a great scramble back and try saving tackle by Sue Howley stopped them in time and forced a knock-on. This turnover allowed Mary’s to compose themselves and clear their lines.

With two tries in the bag, Mary’s still had a job to do in the second half- they had their eyes set on a bonus point but Navan started aggressively and looked determined to turn the tide. With the ruck what could only be called a contest, Mary’s found it hard to get quick ball to release their backs who had been dangerous in the first half. They were also pinned back in their half and some very harsh penalties contributed to this.

Working resolutely to keep the home side from crossing their line, Mary’s put in some big tackles including some great hits by replacement Niamh Fitzgerald. Unfortunately though, they were eventually rounded with Navan touching down in the corner. Getting in a huddle under the posts however galvanised the Templeville Road side and they came up with a plan and a way of returning to ascendancy.

Reinvigorated and determined to ensure the score line reflected their dominance, the Saints piled the pressure on to the home side and were rewarded with a third try. With only one more needed to secure a bonus point, the visitors went searching and on returning to the Navan half from the restart, a great break by Paula Fitz up the blind side resulted in a try near the posts. Her mazey run did of course include a number of outrageous dummies being sold on the way but we’d expect nothing less! Her conversion unluckily came off the posts.

Throughout the match, St. Mary’s scrum was immense and served up great ball for the backs, along with a secure lineout. Winning a few turnovers in both set pieces afforded some extra attacking opportunities for the visiting side, and all of the forwards, but especially the tight five, should be congratulated for a very focused display throughout the match in the set pieces.

Having secured afour try bonus point win, the Saints left for home happy with the result but still looking to improve further on their performance.

Scorers for St. Mary's: Tries: Louise Kavanagh (2), Louise Smith, Paula Fitzpatrick. Conversions: Paula Fitzpatrick (2).

The Women’s are back in action on the bank holiday weekend. As match four out of seven in phase one of the league campaign, the coming match against UL Bohs at home will be both an important one and a tough one so all support would be greatly appreciated!

Team: 1 Ann-Marie Rooney 2 Emma Kiernan 3 Anne Marie Donovan 4 Lyndsey O’Neill 5 Dairine Frawley 6 Fiona Moran 7 Aisling Redmond 8 Orla Fitzsimons 9 Sue Howley 10 Paula Fitzpatrick 11 Louise Kavanagh 12 Aoife Thompson 13 Barbara Whooley (C) 14 Una O'Murchu 15 Louise Smith 16 Emer Molloy 17 Niamh Fitzgerald 18 Karen Purcell 19 Sonja Matthews 20 Isabel Fernandez 

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