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Good win for Young Munster Women in AIL

November 7, 2018

Good win for Young Munster Women in AIL

Young Munster Women's Senior Rugby team got their season up and running last weekend with a win over Ballincollig RFC in the All Ireland League Division 2 South. Despite missing a few players due to injury, Young Munster got off to a great start on 6 minutes when the ball was moved down the blindside after a scrum and Michelle Whelan crossed the line to touch down making the score 5-0. Unfortunately Sam Mc Carthy missed a very difficult conversion attempt.

Young Munster then started to dominate the exchanges but on 12 minutes Ballincollig scored a try against the run of play and their outhalf slotted over the conversion leaving the score at 5-7.

After 19 minutes Ballincollig were penalised for going in at the side of a ruck and Sam McCarthy landed the resulting penalty leaving the score at 8-7 in Young Munster's favour.

At the start of the 2nd half Young Munster came out all guns blazing and 2 minutes after the restart, Ciara Griffin, celebrating her recent call up to the Munster Women's panel, burst through the middle of the Ballincollig defence to score a great try under the posts and Sam Mc Carthy converted to take the score to 15-7.

Young Munster continued to dominate possession and territory but some dogged defensive work by Ballincollig kept the score at 15-7 until the 72nd minute when Young Munster were awarded a penalty on the half way line. Sarah Quin looked up and with a terrific crossfield kick found Sam McCarthy racing up the right wing. Sam picked up the ball and raced away to score a great try under the posts which she then converted to put the score at 22-7.

The next 8 minutes were dominated with injury stoppages and just on the final whistle Ballincollig got in on the wing to score a try which was not converted. The final score was 22-12. It would be very unfair to single out any particular player because this was a tough physical game and every player gave their all to put Young Munster on 5 points after picking up a losing bonus point last week against New Ross. The next Young Munster game is v Portlaoise on Sunday 14th Oct away. As always new members are always welcome.

Final score: Young Munster 22 – 12 Ballincollig

By Ailish Quinlan

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