Bisto’s 33 Athy 5

Bisto’s 33

Athy 5

Tries: Laoise Devlin, Lily Marron 2, Benedetta Belini, Penalty Try
Conversion: Abbie Keeley 3

Leinster under-18’s Shield Final
Teompleville Road
14/12/2019

The Bisto’s team are made up of Tallaght, St. Marys, Old Belvedere and Blackrock players and are named after their late great coach Philip “Bisto” Preston. They took on Athy RFC in the Leinster under-18’s shield final on the main pitch in St. Mary’s ground on Templeville Road. One a bitterly cold, windy day both teams struggled in the first half to cope with the conditions.

The Bisto’s scored the only try of the first half after five minutes when centre Laoise Devlin broke clear to touch down in the corner. It gave the Bisto’s a 5-0 lead that they would take to half-time. In the second half Athy started strongly and broke away for an excellent try to level the game up at 5-5. However the game wasn’t level for long. Centre Lily Marron made a brilliant run up the middle breaking several tackles and then showed great power to get the ball over the line for an outstanding individual try. Out-half Abbie Keeley kicked the conversion to make it 12-5 to the Bisto’s.

That score gave the Bisto’s confidence and they began to get their passing game going. A superb offload from Keely to Marron nearly created another try but the ball went forward near the line. It was only a brief respite for Athy though. After strong carries from skipper Emma Irvin and number eight Aimee Brennan, the ball was worked out wide. It reached Benedetta Belini on the left wing and she took off down the line, beat the last Athy defender and touched the ball down under the posts. Keely added the extras to give the Bisto’s a 19-5 lead.

To their credit Athy kept fighting and they had the Bisto’s under pressure on their line. But led by the likes of Linn Staunton and Keva Condren O’Brien, the Bisto’s defence held firm and eventually they won a penalty to relieve the pressure. The Bisto’s then got back up the pitch and Lily Marron was through again but was stopped from scoring a certain try by a high tackle. The referee correctly awarded a penalty try to make the score 26-5 to the Bisto’s. Marron eventually get a second try in the last play of the game. Abbie Keeley kicked the conversion to the seal a 33-5 win and spark scenes of wild celebrations from the players, coaches, parents and supporters.

The Bisto’s impressive handling skills and strong mentality are a testament to the work of coaches Aileen McGovern from Tallaght RFC, Sarah Brennan and Barry Marron from St Marys, Nick Hodges from Blackrock RFC and Moia Flannery from Wexford RFC.

One of the victorious coaches Aileen McGovern was delighted with their team. “It was a brilliant performance from the whole Bisto squad. All the coaches are proud of their teamwork, skill and determination. It’s a credit to the hard work they have put in over the last few years. On behalf of the coaches and the team I would also like to thank the huge numbers of support from Tallaght Rugby Club and all the other local clubs who had players out there. The coaches couldn’t pick out a single player as everyone did their job so well so the player of the match goes to the entire squad. The future is bright!”

Player of the match: The entire squad

Bisto’s

1. Deirdre Turner
2. Sinead Brennan
3. Emma Irvin
4. Katie Carr
5. Keva Condren O’Brien
6.  Linn Staunton
7. Hannah Hodges
8. Aimee Brennan
9. Nicole Fanning
10. Abbie Keeley
11. Benedetta Belini
12. Lily Marron
13. Laoise Devlin
14. Natalia Piriz Saldanna
15. Helen McGrath
16. Anna Brennock

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh

CYM 24 Tallaght 2nds 41

Karl Segrave

CYM 24

Tallaght 2nds 41

Tries: Niall Mahon 2, Karl Segrave, Tony O’Loughlin 2, Jordan Corrigan, Daryl Keogh

Conversion: Brandon Wilson 3

Metro League Division 11
Terenure Road North
14/12/2019

It was first versus second in Division 11 and leaders Tallaght took on CYM. The re-arranged fixture was switched to Terenure because Tymon Park was unplayable. Tallaght took a 5-0 lead when Niall Mahon stole a lineout near the CYM line and touched the ball down for a try. CYM hit back with a try from a quick tap near the Tallaght line and they kicked the conversion to make it 7-5.

Tallaght hit back quickly to retake the lead. After strong carries from Andy Caswell and Colin Morrison, scrum-half Karl Segrave spotted a gap and raced through to score a try. Brandon Wilson converted to make it 12-7 to Tallaght. Tony O’Loughlin was impressing again in the pack and he showed his power to score from close range to make it 17-7 to Tallaght. CYM reduced the gap with a try to make it 17-12. But Tallaght responded well again when Ciaran Stewart showed good awareness to put centre Jordan Corrigan in for a try to make the half-time score 22-12 to Tallaght.

Tallaght started the second half positively when Niall Mahon intercepted a pass in his own half to race away for a try which Wilson converted to make it 29-12. Daryl Keogh then went over for a fine try which Wilson converted to make it 36-12. CYM kept fighting and they scored two more tries either side of Tony O’Loughlin’s second try for Tallaght to make the final score 41-24.

Tallaght player-coach Simon Gaskell was delighted with the win and the performance. “It’s a big ask to get people out to play on the second last Saturday before Christmas. So I really want to thank all the sixteen players who turned up today. After a stop-start beginning to the season we’ve now have a run of three consecutive games and we’ve won all three. It’s great to see the understanding building between players and that’s showing in the performances. It’s nice to be four points clear at the top of the table for the Christmas break but we know we’ve got a massive game against Clondalkin when we come back in January so that will be our focus now. I couldn’t pick an individual player out so the whole squad gets the man of the match award.”

Man of the match: The entire squad

Tallaght

1. Shane Mooney
2. Gary Kinsella
3. Andrew Caswell
4. Padraig O’Ciadha
5. Patrik Toth
6.  Tony O’Loughlin
7. Colin Morrison
8. Niall Mahon
9. Karl Segrave
10. Ciaran Stewart
11. Michael Corrigan
12. Daryl Keogh
13. Jordan Corrigan
14. Brandon Wilson
15. Wayne Stewart
16. Simon Collie 

Weekend fixtures 14th-15th December

There’s no doubt what the main event is this weekend.

The Bisto’s take on Athy in the Leinster under-18 shield final this Saturday. The Bisto’s team are made up of St. Marys, Old Belvedere, Blackrock and Tallaght players and are named after their late great coach Phil “Bisto” Preston. They have made great strides this season under the guidance of coaches Aileen McGovern from Tallaght RFC, Sarah Brennan and Barry Marron from St Marys, Nick Hodges from Blackrock and Moia Flannery from Wexford RFC.

Kick-off is at 11.30AM in St. Mary’s RFC on Templeville Road and we’re looking for a big crowd from the club to come along and support the girls.

Later on that day, the men’s seconds team take on CYM in Division 11 on Saturday looking to cement their place at the top of the table. Kick-off is at the earlier time of 1.00PM in Tymon Park.

There is no training for the youths this Sunday. They having the Christmas party and going ice skating instead!

Tallaght 2nd 85 Emerald Warriors 0

Daryl Keogh

Tallaght 2nds 85

Tries: Adam Clarke, Colin Morrison, Daryl Keogh, Pádraig Ó Ciardha, Jordan Corrigan 3, Michael Corrigan 2, Aaron Morgan, Keith Fitzsimons 3, Tony O’Loughlin, Brandon Wilson
Conversions: Brandon Wilson 5

Emerald Warriors 0

Metro League Division 11
Tymon Park
07/12/2019

The Tallaght men’s second team took on the Emerald Warriors in Division 11 of the Metro League. Tallaght started well and after a strong run from James Carr, the ball was passed wide to winger Adam Clarke. Clarke broke a tackle on his way to scoring his first try for the club to give Tallaght a 5-0 lead. That lead was extended when Tallaght captain Colin Morrison forced his way over from close range after being put away by a smart pass from scrum-half Luke Brady. It was the Scotsman’s first try for the club and Brandon Wilson kicked the conversion to make it 12-0. Then Tallaght suffered a blow when James Carr was forced to leave the field after hurting his knee winning a turnover at the breakdown.

Tallaght kept the pressure on with fly-half Daryl Keogh made a break and showed his pace to run clear to score a try that made it 17-0. Then it was second row Pádraig “Whacker” Ó Ciardha’s time to score his first try for the club to make it 22-0. The warriors were struggling to deal with Tallaght’s power and the strong running from Aaron Morgan, Shane Mooney and centre Shane Maguire. Inside centre Jordan Corrigan was next to score after a series of offloads to make it 27-0. Then replacement scrum-half Keith Fitzsimons showed his pace to race clear to score his first try for the club. Wilson converted to make it 34-0. Then when a ball went loose Jordan Corrigan kicked it ahead and his brother Michael kicked the ball on and then collected it to also score his first try for the club. Wilson converted again to leave the half-time score at 41-0.

The only thing that had let Tallaght down in the first half was their discipline and they endeavoured to correct that in the second half. After scoring his first try for the club just before half-time it wasn’t long before Michael Corrigan got his second. Pádraig Ó Ciardha offloaded to Corrigan and the winger showed his pace to race clear and step the last defender to score under the posts. Wilson converted to make it 48-0. Number eight Aaron Morgan then powered his way way over from a scrum to make it 53-0.  Morgan then tried a bizarre overhead backheel chip-kick. In fairness to him he re-gathered and offloaded the ball and it almost led to a try.

Replacements Neal Cronly and Arran O’Loughlin were making a big impact in the pack and Arran’s brother Tony was next to put his name on the scoresheet when he capped a fine all round performance with a great try from a powerful run. Wilson converted to bring up the 60 points. Tallaght scored five more tries before they were done. Both Jordan Corrigan and Keith Fitzsimons scored two each to complete their hat-tricks and Brandon Wilson also scored his first try for the club to make the final score 85-0.

Tallaght captain Colin Morrison wanted to make a point after the game. “After we were about sixty points up the referee asked us and the Warriors if we wanted to finish the game early. We were fine with it, but to their credit the Warriors said no and insisted we play to the final minute. That sums up the Warriors right there, their spirit is incredible. As for our lads, I just want to thank each and every one of the eighteen players who turned up today. With Al Sower’s wedding on today, we were really struggling for numbers and at one point in the week we looked like we may have to concede. But a couple of club legends Aaron Morgan and John Cowan answered the call and put in great shifts for us. Other lads like Arran O’Loughlin, Neal Cronly and Keith Fitzsimons came in off the bench and were excellent. We also had a lot of backs playing in the forwards like Gary Kinsella and Tony O’Loughlin and they really stepped up. Our discipline was poor in the first half but we spoke about it at the break and it improved massively in the second half. Overall it was a great performance but we know we’ll have a tough game next week against CYM and we need to work hard this week to prepare for that.”

Man of the match: Tony O’Loughlin

Tallaght

1. Gary Kinsella
2. James Carr
3. Shane Mooney
4. John Cowan
5. Padraig O’Ciadha
6.  Tony O’Loughlin
7. Aaron Morgan
8. Colin Morrison (Captain)
9. Luke Brady
10. Daryl Keogh
11. Michael Corrigan
12. Jordan Corrigan
13. Shane Maguire
14. Adam Clarke
15. Brandon Wilson
16. Neal Cronly
17. Arran O’Loughlin
18. Keith Fitzsimons

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh

Weekend fixtures 7th-8th December

It’s another busy weekend of rugby for Tallaght RFC.

The men’s seconds team take on the Emerald Warriors in Division 11 on Saturday. Kick-off is 2.00PM in Tymon Park. Then next Tuesday the 10th of December, the Tallaght women’s team travel to take on Blackrock in Division 4. Kick-off is at 8.00 PM in Stradrook Road.

In the youths on Saturday the Bisto’s under 18’s travel to Portlaoise with a 11.30AM kick off. The girls under 14’s are at home to Portlaoise with a 12PM kick-off on Pitch 100. On Sunday the Under 8’s and under 9’s travel to Donnybrook for a blitz with a kick off at 10am. The rest of the teams all have training as usual.

Please make your best effort to get out and support all our teams.

But the match of the weekend is happening on Saturday in Kilkenny. Longstanding player Al Sower, who was player’s player of the year last season, is getting married to Laura Burke and many of his club-mates will be in attendance. Everyone in the club wishes Al and Laura a fantastic day and a long and happy life together.

Coolmine 7 Tallaght 2nd 32

James Carr

Coolmine 7

Tallaght 2nds 32

Tries: James Carr 2, Nick McGuinness, Niall Mahon, Jordan Corrigan, Tony O’Loughlin
Conversion: Brandon Wilson

Metro League Division 11
Ashbrook
29/11/2019

The Tallaght men’s second team took on Coolmine in Metro League Division 11. Tallaght were delighted to finally have a game as they’d only played two league matches this season because of either concessions or postponements due to the wet weather. But Tallaght were on the back foot from the start and conceded a yellow card after only a minute. Wayne Stewart was sent to the sideline for ten minutes for not being back ten yards when tackling a Coolmine player near the Tallaght line. Coolmine looked set to take advantage but the Tallaght defence led by the voracious tacklers Padraig O’Ciadha and Gavin McKeon stood firm and eventually Coolmine knocked on.

Tallaght then started getting into the game and after big carries from Cameron Byrne and Rob Carthy, full back Brandon Wilson took off on a strong run that faltered when the ball went loose. Tallaght survived the ten minutes with 14 men comfortably enough and after fifteen minutes they scored their first try of the match. Scrum-half Nick McGuinness make a break and offloaded to hooker James Carr who was too powerful for the Coolmine tacklers and he got the ball down for a try. Brandon Wilson converted and Tallaght led 7-0.

Tallaght’s achilles heal however were the penalties they kept conceding. This let Coolmine back into the match and their big forwards eventually got over the line for a converted try to make it seven points each. However Tallaght hit back almost straight away when replacement out-half Niall Mahon offloaded for Nick McGuinness to break through for a try to make it 12-7 to Tallaght at half-time.

In the second half Tallaght trapped Coolmine in their own half but they struggled to get the points their domination deserved. Time and again they got themselves in great positions to score only to throw the chance away (literally) with poor passing. Coolmine were under pressure and they got a yellow card of their own for one too many high tackles. Finally the breakthrough came when winger Gary Kinsella took the ball on the right wing and cut back inside beating several tacklers and was only denied a try when the last Coolmine defender brought him down. However when the ball was recycled James Carr forced his way over for his second try of the match to make it 17-7.

That score settled Tallaght down and they played their best rugby in the final quarter of the match. First Niall Mahon broke through to score a fine try. Then good passing put Jordan Corrigan over in the corner and Tony O’Loughlin rounded off the scoring with a fine individual try to celebrate his return from injury. The win puts Tallaght joint second in the table with CYM.

Manager Simon Gaskell was delighted with the team’s performance, especially in the second half. “In the last match we played we took a bad beating from Clondalkin but we were determined to bounce back tonight. We gave away too many soft penalties in the first half and that kept them in the game. However our discipline improved massively in the second half and once we got going we won comfortably in the end. There was a lot of players who put their hand up for man of the match. Both our wings Gary Kinsella and Adam Clarke had strong games and James Carr and Sean Judd were awesome ball carriers up front. But our scrum-half Nick McGuinness was playing his first match in over a year after a serious shoulder injury and he was excellent and set the tempo for the performance. We’ve still got two big games before Christmas against the Warriors and CYM and if we can win those, we’ll be in great shape.”

Man of the match: Nick McGuinness

Tallaght 2nds

1. Andy Caswell
2. James Carr
3. Robert Carthy
4. Patrik Toth
5. Joe Ivers
6. Padraig O’Ciadha
7. Cameron Byrne
8. Sean Judd (Captain)
9. Nick McGuinness
10. Wayne Stewart
11. Adam Clarke
12. Gavin McKeon
13. Jordan Corrigan
14. Gary Kinsella
15. Brandon Wilson
16. Niall Mahon
17. Tony O’Loughlin
18. Marc Keatinge

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh

Weekend fixtures 29th November – 1st December

It’s another busy weekend of rugby for Tallaght RFC.

First in action are the men’s seconds team on Friday night. They take on Coolmine away in Division 11. Kick-off is 8.00 in Ashbrook. On Saturday the men’s first team are looking to maintain top spot in Metro Division 6 with their final match before the Christmas break. They take on local rivals Guinness who are bottom of the table without a win. Kick-off is 2.30 in Tymon Park. Then on Sunday the Tallaght women’s team travel to Kildare to take on MU Barnhall in Division 4. Kick-off is at 1.00 PM in Parsonstown.

In the youths the Under 14s girls are at home to North Meath on Saturday at 12pm on Pitch 100. The Under 18s Bistos take on Clontarf on Saturday also at 12pm in Templeville Road. On Sunday the under 11’s have a match in Barnhall. Kick off is 10am meetting at 9.30. The rest of the teams all have training as usual.

Please make your best effort to get out and support all our teams.

Update: Guinness have conceded the match against the Men’s firsts and the under-14s game against North Meath has been called off.

MU Barnhall 17 Tallaght 1st 40

Barnhall R.F.C. 17

Tallaght 1sts: 40

Try: Rob Hudson, Penalty Try, Simon Collie, Denny McCarthy, Andy Rudd, Aaron Shanahan
Con: Rob Hudson, Denny McCarthy 3

Metro League Division 6
Tymon Park
23/11/2019

The Tallaght men’s first team bounced back from their first defeat of the season last week by comprehensively beating Barnhall to go top of Metro League Division 6. In the first fifteen minutes Tallaght dominated possession and their backline was cutting Barnhall to shreds with their angled running. However the tries just wouldn’t come for Tallaght as the final pass went wrong on three or four occasions where they looked certain to score.

Barnhall then had a spell in the Tallaght twenty two when they tried to smash their way over through their big pack. But the Tallaght defence held them out with centre Luke Maher making several big tackles. They did concede a kickable penalty though but Barnhall turned down the easy kick at goal to go again for the try. But the Tallaght defence, led by the hugely physical front row pair of Andy Grace and Ken McGovern, held out again and eventually turned Barnhall over in what was a crucial moment in the game. The next time Tallaght were in the Barnhall half they won a scrum on the twenty two. Number eight Adam Nolan took the ball from the base and passed to scrum-half Andy Rudd who timed his pass perfectly to put Rob Hudson away to score a try which he converted himself to make it 7-0 to Tallaght.

Barnhall did hit back with a long-range penalty to make it 7-3 but it was only a brief respite for the Kildare men. Tallaght full back Simon Collie took a ball deep in his half and set off on a superb run that left several tacklers in his wake. He passed to Hudson who looked certain to score but was stopped by a high tackle. The referee immediately awarded a penalty try to give Tallaght a 14-3 lead but Hudson had to leave the field injured as a result of the tackle and the Barnhall player really should have gotten a yellow card too.

Tallaght were playing with great confidence now and the likes of Jack Russell, Al Moore and Kevin Quinn were all making huge yards from strong carries. The next Tallaght try was expertly conceived and executed. From a lineout, centre Denny McCarthy took the ball and chip-kicked to the right wing. Hudson’s replacement Aaron Shanahan timed his run perfectly to catch the ball and immediately offload to the onrushing Simon Collie who raced away for a try under the posts. McCarthy took over the kicking but misjudged the simple conversion to kick it under the bar to leave the half-time score at 19-3 to Tallaght.

Tallaght kept the intensity up in the second half and Barnhall were unable to cope. After one too many high tackles they were shown a yellow card and Tallaght took advantage when McCarthy broke through several tacklers on to score an outstanding individual try under the posts from the halfway line. This time McCarthy made sure to put his foot through the ball with the simple conversion to make it 26-3 to Tallaght. Tallaght were cruising now and the tries kept on coming. Scrum-half Andy Rudd sold a dummy from a scrum and then raced away to score a fine try in the corner. McCarthy then expertly nailed the touchline conversion to make it 33-3 and redeem himself for the earlier miss.

Not long after Tallaght were on the scoresheet again. A break from out-half Dave Clarke put them in position and then Adam Nolan put in a perfect cross-field kick for Aaron Shanhan to gather and score his third try in two games. McCarthy added the conversion to make it 40-3 with twenty five minutes still to play. Vice captain Simon Collie was then substituted on the express orders of his fiance Aoife Davoren who wanted to get on the road early to a party in Derry. In fairness she had her hair done special like and Tallaght coaches Tom Leigh and Gary Brennan wisely chose not to argue with her.

Somewhat understandably with such a big lead, Tallaght’s performance levels dropped in the last twenty minutes. They started giving away some soft penalties and eventually Denny McCarthy capped an eventful day by being shown a yellow card after giving away one too many penalties at the ruck. Barnhall took advantage to score two converted tries to make the final score 40-17 but they were little consolation on a day when they had been comprehensively outplayed.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was delighted with his side’s performance. “I thought we started the match well but the final pass was letting us down. Then they came at us hard but we held them out superbly defending with real aggression. Once we scored our first try we really kicked into gear and for the next forty minutes either side of half-time we played some of the best rugby I’ve ever seen from a Tallaght team. Our execution was so good and we got six excellent tries. And yet the lads came off the field talking about three or four tries they left behind them so they know they can be even better. 

“Towards the end of the match, the man of the match question was brought up and all the coaches were struggling to pick one player as basically everyone in the 22 played so well. Our front five provided great ball and our set piece was rock solid. All our back row carried strongly to give us momentum and our half backs kept things moving fantastically. Because of injuries we had to chop and change our outside backs throughout the match yet everyone just slotted in seamlessly and the backline was unplayable at times. And all the subs who came in off the bench made a massive contribution too so we have just named the whole squad as the joint men of the match. We have one more game against bottom placed Guinness before Christmas. But good as we were today we can’t allow ourselves to be complacent and we need to stay humble and work hard in training this week to win next Saturday and then enjoy the Christmas break as league leaders.”

Men of the match: The whole match-day squad.

Tallaght RFC

1. Alan Sower
2. Ken McGovern
3. Andy Grace
4. Alan Moore
5. Scott Hyland
6. Kevin Quinn
7. Jack Russell
8. Adam Nolan (Captain)
9. Andrew Rudd
10. David Clarke
11. Rob Hudson
12. Denny McCarthy
13. Padraig Jones
14. Ciaran Rudd
15. Simon Collie
16. Tony McManus  
17. Andy Caswell
18. Niall Mahon
19. Luke Maher
20. Karl Segrave
21. Aaron Shanahan
22. Colin Morrison

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh

Weekend fixtures 23rd-24th November

It’s another busy weekend of rugby for Tallaght RFC.

On Saturday the men’s first team are looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season to Trinity College last week in Metro Division 6. They travel to MU Barnhall who are joint top with Terenure and Tallaght on 13 points each. Kick-off is 2.30 in Parsonstown and the bar will have the Leinster – Lyon Heineken cup match on for those who want to catch the second half.

The men’s seconds team are also looking to bounce back from their first league defeat of the season when they take on CYM at home in Division 11. Kick-off is 2.30 in Tymon Park. Then on Sunday the Tallaght women’s host New Ross in Division 4 looking to buld on their first win of the season last week. Kick-off is at 1.00 PM in Tymon Park.

In the youths the Under 14s girls have the Shield semi-final away to Wexford on Saturday at 12pm. The Under 18s Bistos also have a shield semi-final on pitch 100 on Saturday also at 12pm. On Sunday the Under 8’s and Under 9’s have a blitz in Greystones RFC with an early start meeting there at 9.15. The U-7s, U-11s and U-12s all have training at 10am on Pitch 100.

Please make your best effort to get out and support all our teams.

Tallaght 45 North Meath/Swords 5

Tallaght R.F.C. 45

Tries: Eileen Shanahan 2, Megan Fogarty 3, Louise Lombard, Aisling Pyke
Con: Louise Lombard 4, Caoimhe Hogan

North Meath/Swords 5

Women’s League Division 4
Tymon Park
17/11/2019

The Tallaght women’s team took on North Meath/Swords in Tymon Park looking for their first win of the season in Division 4. Tallaght started strongly and scrum-half Eileen Shanahan broke away from a ruck to score a smart try to give Tallaght a 5-0 lead. It wasn’t long before Tallaght were on the score-sheet again as good handling from the backline put full back Megan Fogarty away for a fine try which Louise Lombard converted to make it 12-0.

Lombard was next to score a try herself when she chased up on a kick ahead from Graine Flood and touched down. Lombard converted her own try to make it 19-0. Shanahan and Fogarty then both scored their second tries of the match to make the half-time score 31-0. Tallaght made a number of substitutions to give players gametime and North Meath/Swords came into the game more and scored an unconverted try to make it 31-5. But Tallaght finished strongly with number eight Aisling Pyke barging over from close range and Louise Lombard converting. Megan Fogarty then got the final try of the match after exchanging passes with Ellen Crotty. With Lombard having left the field with an ankle injury, Caoimhe Hogan took over the kicking and nailed it to make the final score 45-5 to Tallaght.

Tallaght’s coach Colin Keogh was delighted to get the first win of the season. “We played really well today and deservedly won. We had a good week of training and it showed in the performance. There is still some stuff we can improve on. Our linespeed can be better and at times we got a little narrow in our attack and probably left a few tries behind us. But overall we were very good and it was a tough choice to pick a woman of the match. Megan Fogarty got a hat-trick and Eileen Shanahan got a brace and Vicky Cobbe had a great all round game, carrying strongly as ever and also winning several turnovers. But the woman of the match was Dara Silva Oliveira. Dara is from Brazil and she only took the game up a few months ago. But she’s been getting better and better and today she really put herself about making several good carries, worked well at the rucks and put in some massive tackles. I want all the girls to remember this winning feeling and hopefully we can use this win as a springboard for the season.”

Woman of the match: Dara Silva Oliveira

Tallaght

  1. Dara Silva Oliveira
  2. Karen Corrigan
  3. Martina Fitzpatrick (Captain)
  4. Seana Greenhalgh
  5. Aimee Travers
  6. Vicky Cobbe
  7. Caoimhe Hogan
  8. Aisling Pyke
  9. Eileen Shanahan
  10. Graine Flood
  11. Lisa O’Connell
  12. Louise Lombard
  13. Ciara McLaughlin
  14. Angelika Gertz
  15. Megan Fogarty
  16. Ellen Crotty
  17. Shauna Power
  18. Chloe Conroy

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh