- Result: Galwegians Women 10 - Old Belvedere 18
- Venue: Anglesea Rd on Sun Nov 20th 2016
- Competition: AIL Womens League
Galwegians faced Old Belvedere in this final AIL clash before the Christmas break. Both sides were clearly up for the challenge on an icy cold day in Dublin. However it was Old Belvedere who secured the first try of the match as they drove a powerful maul over the line within the first ten minutes of the game. They failed to convert, leaving the hosts 5-0.
Galwegians showed glimpses of excellence in the first half with moments from Emma Clery and Amelie Roux securing gutsy turnovers. Cary and O’ Connor also made some excellent line breaks however Old Belvedere were able to cease any chances of Galwegians getting over the line.
Old Belvedere put points on the board once again from a Galwegians’ scrum as they worked their way down the pitch to score their next try, no conversion, twenty five minutes gone and the score 10-0 to the hosts.
Galwegians play improved towards the latter part of the first half as they demonstrated excellent discipline working through their phases. Thirty minutes into the first half and Clare Raftery and Feely combined brilliantly with quick hands to O’ Connor who exploited space and stormed over the line, securing Galwegians first try of the game, no conversion bringing the tally to 10-5.
Galwegians started the second half with conviction and pace. Laura Feely got over the line thus levelling the sides.
Old Belvedere responded twenty mins later with a try, no conversion, edging themselves into the lead 15-10. They further widened gap when awarded a penalty which they kicked with ease over the posts.
The final score 18-10 to Old Belvedere.
Although the score line was 18-10 this did not reflect the performance demonstrated by the visitors who worked tirelessly until the final whistle. Currently Galwegians’ are littered with injuries and have other key players stepping up to International duty. However with convincing bold performances by many new players this bodes well for the New Year.
Galwegians now have a well-deserved break after a very busy start to the league so far finishing in the top three which leaves them in a great position for the New Year.