Match Report Womens 1st XV V. Ul Bohemians
Blackrock College made it four wins out of four with a 63-7 success away to a below-par UL Bohemians. Beibhinn Parsons, adding to her five-try haul from last week, and Megan Burns ran in two tries each.
Parsons was involved in the build-up to Anna Doyle’s 10th-minute opener on UL’s 4G pitch. Blackrock doubled their lead to 10-0 when Lisa Mullen’s kick bounced nicely for Beth Cregan to send Ali Coleman over out wide on the left.
Out-half Mullen’s skip pass put Parsons away to make it 15-0, before UL Bohemians captain Chloe Pearse closed the gap, dribbling the ball through and getting the touchdown after some sniping runs from half-backs Muirne Wall and Kate Flannery.
The Red Robins did well to hold up Laura Feely, but Doyle delivered the scoring pass for Ella Durkan to reach over for ‘Rock’s bonus point try. Skipper Michelle Claffey neatly beat two defenders to score from outside the hosts’ 22.
Blackrock were 34-7 to the good at the interval, following Claffey and Eimear Corri’s hard work to earn a turnover. The ball was fed wide for Parsons to finish off try number six.
Mullen, who accumulated 13 points, converted her own try just after the restart. A powerful run from Enya Breen, playing against her former club, gave ‘Rock the momentum again and Mullen stepped off her left to go in under the posts.
Impressive hooker Emma Hooban was up in support of Parsons to storm over from outside the 22, her try beginning way back in the visitors’ half with a rampaging run from second row Corri.
Fleet-footed winger Burns wriggled away from the cover to get on the scoresheet, with Hooban, Breen and Claffey all prominent during the build-up. Bohs were now 51-7 behind and little was going right for them despite plenty of endeavour.
Ireland Sevens international Burns was released by replacement Jackie Shiels to slice through for her second score. A tightly-angled conversion was tagged on by Mullen from the left.
Ciara O’Dwyer and Clodagh O’Halloran combined on a promising midfield break for Bohs, with replacement Brianna Heylmann also making an impact. Their persistence failed to pay off, with replacement Leah Sweeney held up in the dying seconds.
Before that, Blackrock had passed the 60-point mark. Their eleventh try was an excellent one, Cregan and Aoife Moore linking on halfway, the prop raiding downfield and Coleman provided the support and a looping offload back inside for Corri to go over in the left corner.
UL BOHEMIANS 7 BLACKROCK COLLEGE 63, UL Arena Scorers: UL Bohemians: Try: Chloe Pearse; Con: Kate Flannery Blackrock College: Tries: Anna Doyle, Ali Coleman, Beibhinn Parsons 2, Ella Durkan, Michelle Claffey, Lisa Mullen, Emma Hooban, Megan Burns 2, Eimear Corri; Cons: Lisa Mullen 4 HT: UL Bohemians 7 Blackrock College 34
UL BOHEMIANS: Aoife Corey; Clara Barrett, Alana McIerney, Stephanie Nunan, Laura O’Mahony; Kate Flannery, Muirne Wall; Geena Behan, Kate Sheehan, Fiona Reidy, Sarah Garrett, Claire Bennett, Rebecca Reilly, Clodagh O’Halloran, Chloe Pearse (capt).
Replacements: Ciara O’Dwyer, Leah Sweeney, Eilis Cahill, Eva McCormack, Lily Brady, Abbie Salter-Townsend, Brianna Heylmann.
BLACKROCK COLLEGE: Ella Durkan; Anna Doyle, Michelle Claffey (capt), Enya Breen, Beibhinn Parsons; Lisa Mullen, Tatum Bird; Aoife Moore, Emma Hooban, Laura Feely, Mairead Holohan, Eimear Corri, Hannah Hodges, Beth Cregan, Ali Coleman.
Replacements: Shannon Heapes, Mya Alcorn, Ciara Scanlan, Jackie Shiels, Emily Lane, Megan Burns, Maeve Liston.