Suttonians are off the mark after just two games in the Energia All-Ireland League thanks to a 17-12 win away to Galwegians. The bus trip west of the Shannon was a novel experience in itself for the league debutants – In February 2018, they were still playing in Division 2 of the Leinster League.
“They sat down in a dressing room at the end of that season, looked each other in the eyes and made the decision to stick together,” says Head Coach Robert Forbes.
“We’re really proud of our first AIL win. Our targets are realistic. We’re not expecting to win the All-Ireland League but we’re expecting to be competitive in every game we play.”
The game itself was a stop-star affair with a high penalty count. Galwegians used a strong pack to drive at the visitors and Dearbhla Canty opened the scoring.
Suttonians played with width to gain parity. “We like to think we can challenge any team with our back line. There was a lot of nervous energy but we felt we had the edge,” said Forbes.
Galwegians retook the lead through Ursula Sammon but Sutts equalised again as Grainne Tummon showed some decent footwork to finish in the corner.
It took the very last play of the game to produce the winning score. Molly Fitzgerald was a try scorer for Leinster’s U18s last year and the former Navan winger popped up again here to touch down out wide.
“Old Belvedere are coming over next week and the girls are dying to get stuck into them. They are loving being in the All-Ireland League,” said Forbes.
Malone also have their first point on the board after coming back to secure a losing bonus point in a 12-7 defeat to Cooke. Cooke’s scrum was a potent weapon through out for the home side with tries coming from Lesley Megarrity and Ilse Van Staden. Malone rallied well in the second half and got their reward when Sarah Murphy crashed over from a quick tap penalty.
Here are the try highlights from the game.
UL Bohemian and Railway Union lead the table on maximum points after two games. Railway came from behind to beat Old Belvedere 22-17 on Thursday night while UL Bohs also had it tough in their first half against Blackrock College. Four tries after the restart ensured a 38-15 win.
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Sunday October 20th, 2019
COOKE 12 MALONE 7, Shawsbridge.
Scorers: Cooke: Tries: Lesley Megarrity, Lise Van Staden; Con: Victoria Irwin.
Scorers: Malone: Tries: Sarah Murphy; Con: Grace Davitt.
HT: Cooke 5 Malone 0
COOKE: 1. Ilse Van Staden, 2. Lesley Megarrity, 3. Aisling O’Connell, 4. Naomi Mc Cullagh, 5. Helen Mc Ghee, 6. Laura Cairns, 7. Katie Hetherington, 8. Beth Cregan, 9. Hannah Kilgore, 10. Amanda Morton, 11. Dolores Hughes, 12. Victoria Irwin, 13. Kelly Mc Cormill, 14. Eliza Downey, 15. Teah Maguire. REPLACEMENTS: 16.Shannon Heapes, 17. Hanna Harris, 18. Breana Kais Te 19. Emma Kearney, 20. Natasha Moore.
MALONE: 1. Sarah Murphy, 2. Ashleigh Currie, 3. Karla Dunne, 4. Rebecca Lawlor, 5. Chloe McIlwaine, 6. Brogain NiChiarrain, 7. Neve Jones, 8. Gemma McCamley, 9. Jenna Stewart, 10. Grace Davitt, 11. Jasmine Ward, 12. Olivia Andrews, 13. Ella Durkan, 14. Jill Stephens, 15. Holly Brannigan. REPLACEMENTS: 16. Nicole Hutchinson, 17.Eimear Hagan, 18. Aoife Cahill, 19. Naomi Mc Cord, 20. Sara Houston, 21. Fern Wilson.
GALWEGIANS 12 SUTTONIANS 17, Crowley Park.
Scorers: Galwegians: Tries: Dearbhla Canty, Ursula Sammon; Con: Nicole Fowley.
Scorers: Suttonians: Tries: Maeve O’Brien, Grainne Tummon, Molly Fitzgerald; Con: Nicole Carroll.
HT: Galwegians 7 Suttonians 7
Galwegians: 1. Sarah Glynn, 2. Tracy Lawlor, 3. Ellen Connolly, 4. Jordan Hopkins, 5. Fiona Farrell, 6. Cathriona Shally, 7. Sabina Egan, 8. Dearbhla Canty, 9. Mary Healy, 10. Nicole Fowley, 11. Ursula Sammon, 12. Ina Butler, 13. Emma Keane, 14. Edel Murray, 15. Julie Lyons. REPLACEMENTS: 16. Lisa Anglim, 17. Emma Howard, 18. Pamela Devany, 19. Rachel Millar, 20. Rhiannan Hoey, 21. Tess Peters.
Suttonians: 1. Julia Bauer, 2. Julia O’Connor, 3. Grainne Tummon, 4. Aifric O’Brien, 5. Roisin O’Driscoll, 6. Aislinn Layde, 7. Helen Boylan, 8. Rebecca Sullivan, 9. Michelle Mulville, 10. Nicole Carroll, 11. Molly Fitzgerald, 12. Kerry Browne, 13. Catherine Martin, 14. Maeve O’Brien, 15. Sophie Gibney. REPLACEMENTS: 16. Carrie O’Keeffe, 17. Alexa Higginbotham, 18. Katie Grant Duggan, 19. Jenny Bowler, 22. Lauren Farrell McCabe.
UL BOHEMIANS 38 BLACKROCK COLLEGE 15, University of Limerick.
Scorers: UL Bohemian: Tries: Rachel Allen, Sarah Quinn 2, Stephanie Nunan, Edel Murphy, Emma Doolan;
Cons: Nicole Fitzgerald 4.
Scorers: Blackrock College: Tries: Christina Haney, Natasja Behan, Alison Coleman.
HT: UL Bohemian 12 Blackrock College 10
UL Bohemian: 1. Chloe Pearse, 2. Kate Sheehan, 3. Fiona Reidy, 4. Claire Bennett, 5. Ciara O’Halloran, 6. Clodagh O’Halloran, 7. Edel Murphy, 8. Sarah Quinn, 9. Helen McDermott, 10. Nicole Fitzgerald, 11. Caoimhe Tiernan, 12. Rachel Allen, 13. Stephanie Nunan, 14. Erin Coll, 15. Laura O’Mahony REPLACEMENTS: 16. Laura Delaney, 17. Maura Collins, 18. Lily Brady, 19. Abigail Richardson, 20. Emma Doolan, 21. Niamh O Neill, 22. Becca O Shea
Blackrock College: 1. Christina Haney, 2. Emma Hooban, 3. AnnMarie Rooney, 4. Mairead Holohan, 5. Hannah Woods, 6. Caoimhe Molloy, 7. Aoife Browne, 8. Alison Coleman, 9. Mona Fehily, 10. Valerie Power, 11. Aoibhean Reilly, 12 Ciara Scanlan, 13. Maeve Liston, 14. Roisin Crowe, 15. Natasja Behan REPLACEMENTS: 16. Manuela McCarthy, 17. Riana Roche, 18. Rosie Newton, 19. Laura Delaney, 20. Anna Potterton, 21. Ray Lawless.
Thursday October 17th, 2019
RAILWAY UNION 22 OLD BELVEDERE 17, Park Avenue.
Scorers: Railway Union: Tries: Stephanie Carroll, Deirdre Roberts, Claire Coombes, Lisa Callan; Con: Larissa Muldoon.
Scorers: Old Belvedere: Tries: Linda Djougang, Grace Miller, Elise O’Byrne White; Con: Aine Donnelly.
HT: Railway Union 10 Old Belvedere 12
Railway Union: 1. Aoife Moore, 2. Lisa Callan, 3. Katie O’Dwyer, 4. Meaghan Kenny, 5. Keelin Brady, 6. LisaMarie Murphy, 7. Deirdre Roberts, 8. Daisy Earle, 9. Ailsa Hughes, 10. Molly ScuffilMcCabe, 11.Emer O’Mahony, 12. Katelyn Faust, 13. Niamh Byrne, 14. Stephanie Carroll, 15. Larissa Muldoon SUBS: 16. Anna O’Neill, 17. Claire Coombes, 18.Molly Boyne, 19. Aoife O’Shaughnessy, 20. Cliodhna O’Connor.
Old Belvedere: 1. Melissa Hayden, 2. Victoria Dubanovich O’Mahony, 3. Linda Djougang, 4. Nichola Fryday, 5. Clodagh Dunne, 6. Alannah Fowley, 7.Franzi Klappbrot, 8. Roisin O’Donnell, 9. Kathryn Dane, 10. Aine Donnelly, 11. Allison Miller (Capt.), 12. Ailbhe Dowling, 13. Elise O’Byrne White, 14. Grace Miller, 15. Alba Marlaska SUBS: 16. Meg Keavney, 17. Christina Furlong, 18. Rose Alice Murphy, 19. Niamh O’Flynn, 20. Jemma Jackson, 21. Vanessa Hullon, 22. Anna Bolger