- Result: Galwegians Women 56 - Castlebar 3
- Venue: Sportsground on Sun Mar 6th 2016
- Competition: Connacht Womens Cup
Galwegians ladies captured a huge win over Castlebar in the final of the Connacht Cup on Sunday. Galwegians came into this final on top of the table with 23 points followed closely by Castlebar on 20. Both teams have met twice since January with Galwegians recording comfortable wins on both occasions. While Galwegians knew they were going into the game as favourites, they were taking nothing for granted & a lot of hard work & preparation had been done over past 2 weeks since the last meeting of these two teams.
In a wet & cold Sportsground, both teams started well showing good defense. Most of the pressure was coming from Galwegains on attack but Castlebar held good pressure and forced numerous knock-ons for the Wegians women. As Castlebar worked themselves up the pitch and put a little bit of daylight between themselves and their own try line, Wegians forced a quick turnover and pounced for the first try of the game by Nicole Fowley. Conversion missed 5-0
Castlebar gained ground into the Wegians 22 and a number of infringements from the Galway girls gave Castlebar a chance to put some points on the board which was kicked by Becky Gavin leaving the score 5-3. Galwegians settled after this and scored 2 tries before the half by Emma Clery & Ciara O’ Connor. Half time score 15-3
The second half was a different game with Galwegians scoring a further seven tries. A number of injuries early on in the second half on the Castlebar team to very influential players such as Mairead Hopkins & Ursula Sammon, allowed the Wegians to stretch the score between the two sides. Unfortunately, further injuries to the Castlebar team left them with an empty bench & the game finishing with only 12 Castlebar players. Galwegains took advantage of this with tries coming from Emma Clery, Nicole Fowley, Noreen Coyne, Marina Gray, Ina Butler & Tara Hession.
Final score Galwegians 56 Castlebar 3
Galwegains will now progress to the AIL Cup semi -final against Leinster champions & old rivals Blackrock. This game is set for Crowley Park on the 19th March at 1pm.