Tallaght R.F.C 39

Tries: Chloe Conroy 2, Louise Leonard 3, Erica Keegan, Abbie Keeley

Swords R.F.C. 0

Women’s Leinster League Division 5
Tymon Park

The Tallaght women’s team continued their Division 5 league campaign with a home game versus Swords.

Tallaght suffered a last minute defeat last week away to Navan but they were determined to bounce back. They took an early lead when centre Chloe Conroy made a break and then exchanged passes with Louise Leonard before scoring a try in the corner to make it 5-0 to the home team.

Then Lisa Connors made a strong carry and offloaded to out-half Grainne Flood who slipped the ball to centre Louise Leonard who broke away to score a fine try. Flood converted to give Tallaght a 12-0 lead. Tallaght kept the pressure on and both Conroy and Leonard scored a second try each to give Tallaght a 22-0 lead at half-time.

In the second half the scoring rate dimmed for a while but then Chloe Conroy kicked the ball long and Erica Keegan showed great pace to chase up the ball and touch down for the try. Grainne Flood converted to make it 29-0. Keegan was later shown a yellow card for a high tackle though.

Tallaght scored another excellent try ten minutes from full time again from superb tactical kicking. This time Grainne Flood produced an excellent cross-field kick and full back Abbie Keeley showed great pace to first hack it on and then touch it down for the try. The final score of the match came when Louise Leonard showed her power again to complete a hat-trick of tries.

So the final score was 39-0 but Swords had shown real guts to turn up to play with only thirteen players and they never let their heads drop. Tallaght also thanks them for agreeing to move the game to an early to allow everyone to watch the Ireland Argentina game.

Head coach Sean Bishop was proud to watch his team get their second win of the season. “We probably left a win behind us last weekend so we’re delighted to get the result today. We scored a lot of fine tries and showed how dangerous we can be when we keep it simple and launch our dangerous runners. Every member of the squad make a great contribution today. That win puts us in second place in the table behind Navan who beat Kilkenny today. If we can beat Kilkenny in our final game before Christmas in three weeks time, we’ll be in great position for a real crack at this league.”

Woman of the match: Lisa Connors

Tallaght RFC

  1. Larissa Marinelli
  2. Samantha Leddin
  3. Karen Corrigan
  4. Aimee Travers
  5. Hilary Allen
  6. Lisa Connors
  7. Martina Fitzpatrick
  8. Grainne Flood
  9. Sorcha Burns
  10. Louise Leonard
  11. Chloe Conroy
  12. Erica Keegan
  13. Abbie Keeley
  14. Amy Dalton
  15. Kim Letterfield
  16. Vicky Cobbe
  17. Lisa O’Connell
  18. Laura Dalton

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Mark Luttrell

Chloe Conroy
Lisa Connors
Samantha Ledden
Vicky Cobbe
Sorcha Burns
Abbie Keeley
Karen Corrigan
Erica Keegan