Cill Dara/Newbridge v Navan
U14 Girls Premier League
Cill Dara 10 – Navan 53
The girls were taking no prisoners Saturday in Kildare. Despite several of them taking the scenic route to Kildare, they weren’t long asserting their dominance.
Steffi Finnegan got her first of the day four minutes in. Four minutes later Rosie Searle touched down. Ellen Birmingham converted kicking against a strong wind. Another four minutes and Ciara Rennie touched down. No conversion this time as the wind was getting stronger. Sasha Guirey hadn’t patience to wait the four minutes, scoring straight from the restart. Again, the conversion was blown astray. Ciara touched down a second time, but it was disallowed for a forward pass. Cill Dara eventually scored with a fine try, run from the halfway line. Ellen scored the last of the first half bringing the half-time score to 27-5.
Ellen was there to finish off a brilliant break by Abby Moyles at the start of the second half. This time Abby kicked the conversion. Steffi was back in action, scoring her second. Converted this time by Ellen with the wind at her back. Cill Dara replied with another 60-meter try.
Next up was try of the day. Navan recycled from a ruck on the Cill Dara ten-meter line. Emily O’Brien carried forward passing on to Lilly Dwyer. Lilly made another few meters before passing to Abby. Abby sucked in the last defender before popping it out to Lilly who had looped around her. She was inside the 22 at this stage and was never going to be stopped. Conversion missed this time. Lilly added her second just on full time, this time converted by Ellen.
All the girls played brilliantly but Woman of the Match goes to Ellen. Two tries and three conversions, safe as houses in defence as well as playing a supporting role in some of the other tries made her the obvious choice.
The team consisted of: Jade Gaffney, Ciara Rennie, Lauren Fitzpatrick, Emily O’Brien, Ava Galvin, Lilly Dwyer, Sasha Guirey, Cara Martin, Leah Morris, Steffi Finnegan, Sarah Leonard, Abby Moyles, Ellen Birmingham(capt) and Rosie Searle. Roisin Watters and Ally Cullivan made the journey but unfortunately couldn’t play.