Women’s Match Report: Balbriggan v CYM, Sun 12th Nov

Balbriggan Senior Ladies team continued their recent run of good form with a convincing 36-0 win over a determined CYM on Sunday.

Balbriggan absorbed some early pressure from the visitors before the ever alert Emily Kitson spotted a gap in the CYM defence and shot through for the opening score with Shannon Campbell converting. Balbriggan had the momentum now and were soon camped on CYM’s line again. A relieving kick by the CYM 10 didn’t find touch and was gathered by full back Sarah McDonald who swiftly counterattacked. Good support and passing from the backs saw Laura Browne touch down in the left corner to extend the lead.

Credit to CYM who got themselves back into the game and enjoyed a period of territorial dominance but the home defence held strong and kept them at bay to go in 12-0 to the good at half time.

Balbriggan regrouped at the break and came out firing at the start of the second half. Emily was controlling the game at 10 and kept pushing and probing the visitors defence and eventually the pressure paid off when a penalty try was awarded when Rachel Fanning was high-tackled close to the line. The resulting yellow card for CYM put even more pressure on the visitors.

Despite a great defensive effort by CYM the extra number counted when Emily capped a player of the match performance when taking a quick penalty to herself and darted over for her second score of the game. Shannon was unlucky to see her conversion rebound off the post. The hosts now had the bit between their teeth and some sweeping attacking play saw Rachel cross for another try, converted by Shannon to extend the lead. There was still time for another score by Laura McDonald against a tiring CYM defence. Final Score Balbriggan 36 CYM 0.

This was Balbriggan’s fourth win on the bounce and leaves them in second place in the League, three points behind leaders Wicklow. Next up is Wicklow who Balbriggan will be hosting on Sunday 26th November. This will be played as part of a double header with the Mens First XV so all support is welcome. Bring the Noise! 

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