Derry Ladies impress in Carrick
By Louis Fields
City of Derry RFC Ladies 1st XV Match Report
City of Derry RFC Ladies 1st XV Match Report:
(vs Carrick Ladies, 25/11/18)
Carrick 0 - 35 CDRFC Ladies
After a few disappointing results, Derry Ladies headed off to Carrick this morning determined to come home with points. Knowing that Carrick had put in some strong performances over the last few weeks, they knew it would not be easy and heads would have to get into the game from the first kick.
Both teams started well but after a scrum at 10 mins in, Cíara O’Mórdha received the ball and provided Derry with their first try of the game. Minutes later, feeding off the momentum City of Derry had gathered, Joanna Ha’unga made an amazing solo break up the centre gaining great ground before being tackled. The ball was passed out to the left for another Derry try. This time by Coral Lapsley.
Both sides were playing an agressive first half with various injuries slowing play. A yellow card to Derry left the ladies with 14 for the last 10 minutes of the 1st half, allowing Carrick to pile on the pressure during this time. Despite this, Donna Redmond flew past their defence leaving the HT score as 15-0 to Derry.
Back to a full outfit in the second half, Derry Ladies wasted little time in furthering their lead. Donna barrelled through before popping the ball off to Coral, setting her up for her second try, with Cíara O’Mórdha getting her second try not long after.
Derry's spirits were high but Carrick weren't about to let them run away with the game, putting in a few good hits. Momentum was stalled several times when Derry had possession with the whistle of the referee, but as Derry stole a Carrick line out within Carrick's 22, the ball went out to the wing. Amelia McPharland (on her team debut) made a break before passing to Megan Deery who raced it over the line. Megan followed this up with another try moments later giving the final score at full time as Carrick 0, Derry 35.
Great game and some fabulous set plays. Woman of the match today is Donna Redmond.