Gorey 12

Tallaght 47
Try: Aisling Pyke 3, Ellen Crotty 2, Eileen Shanahan, Sorcha Burns
Conversion: Grainne Flood 6

Women’s Leinster Division 4
Clonattin Road

Tallaght’s women’s team travelled to Wexford to take on Gorey in their first competitive game of the season in Division 4 of the Women’s league.

After heavy rain the previous two days, the game was in doubt but the Gorey pitch was in excellent condition. Despite the wet conditions, both teams were passing the ball well and Tallaght made a breakthrough after 15 minutes. After some good carries from the forwards centre Aisling Pyke spotted a gap and raced through to score a try to give Tallaght a 5-0 lead. Not long after, her fellow centre Ellen Crotty took a fine line to break away to touch down. Grainne Flood came off the bench to take over the kicking and made a fine conversion to make it 12-0 to Tallaght.

Gorey hit back and scored a try after sustained pressure to reduce the deficit to 12-5. But Tallaght hit back quickly with first Crotty and then Pyke scoring their second tries of the match. Flood converted both to give Tallaght a 26-5 lead at halftime.

In the second half Tallaght went about settling the game as a contest. First skipper Eileen Shanahan sniped through a gap to score a try. Then Aisling Pyke completed her hat-trick of tries and finally Sorcha Burns followed up to score a try after Nicole Fanning was tackled close to the line. Grainne Flood converted all three tries for a personal points haul of twelve. To their credit Gorey kept battling and they scored a converted try to make the final score 47-12 to Tallaght.

Tallaght’s head coach Hayley Whyte was delighted with the start to the season. “It was a wet day but the girls trusted their handling skills and we scored some fine tries. It was a great performance all round and we’re looking forward to taking on Tullamore at home next Sunday.”

Player of the match: Aisling Pyke

Tallaght RFC

  1. Karen Corrigan
  2. Orlaith Plunkett
  3. Vicky Cobbe
  4. Martina Fitzpatrick
  5. Samantha Ledden
  6. Lorraine McManus
  7. Kim Littlefield
  8. Louise Leonard
  9. Eileen Shanahan (Captain)
  10. Nicole Fanning
  11. Niamh Moore
  12. Aisling Pyke
  13. Ellen Crotty
  14. Sorcha Burns
  15. Abbie Keeley
  16. Grainne Flood
  17. Jensen Byrne
  18. Nikita Murray
  19. Aimee Travers
  20. Lisa Kennedy
  21. Noemi Garcia Fernandez
  22. Clodagh Cullagh