Saturday was a glorious day for the Donegal Town Ladies, who recorded their first victory, defeating Omagh.
Donegal Town 31
The Donegal Ladies arrived in Omagh facing wet conditions but this did not deter their enthusiasm. Donegal only had twelve players on the day but were kindly given two players from Omagh. The game started with Donegal receiving the kick. Laura Kenny received and took it straight in. Two rucks later she was there again with a crisp pass from Marie McCabe she saw space and broke through to score Donegal’s first try within two minutes. Helen McPartland converted from a tough angle. In bad conditions there were numerous knock ons from Donegal, but this didn’t flinch them as their second try came from a turn over ball and was quickly shipped out to Helen McPartland who broke two tackles to go over the try line. She converted with ease. The third try came from quick hands through the backs with Claire Graham offloading to Zoe (Omagh) who ran half the pitch beating three players to score under the posts. The forwards take all credit for the next try with great pressure from Leanne Wray and Elaine Britton forcing a turnover. A quick pass from Marie McCabe (lady of the match) to Michelle Dunnion, saw Michelle break two tackles and cross the line. McPartland narrowly misses conversion.
The second half started slowly for Donegal with Omagh picking up their game. Donegal stood strong with immense tackles from Nao Cannon, Abbey Deane and Joanne McCormack putting most men’s teams to shame. Omagh tried a few kicks over the top. Linda Kenny with great positioning cleaned them up and kicked them right back. Donegal pushed up and put pressure on Omagh who fumbled. Leanne Wray jumped on a ball, set up ruck and a pick and go from Michelle Dunnion gained 5 metres. Michelle offloaded to the ever enthusiastic Claire McGlinchey. She gathered the ball, broke two tackles and slid over the line in the corner. McPartland missed the conversion. Due to injury, Donegal were now down to thirteen players and Omagh having fourteen.
Omagh fought on and pushed up into Donegal’s 22. Donegal gave away many penalties which led to their number 8 breaking two tackles and scoring under the posts. They missed the conversion. Donegal battled to the end.
Thanks to supporters who travelled on the day. Ladies training continues on Monday and Thursday at 7pm.
Team: laine Britton, Abbey Deane, Michelle Dunnion, Nao Cannon, Claire McGlinchey, Joanne McCormack, Leanne Wray (Capt.), Marie McCabe, Laura Kenny, Helen McPartland, Linda Kenny, Claire Graham
Coach; Gareth Mc Murray
Donegal Town U15’s V Ballyclare U15’s.
Donegal got off to a good start in this match when Patrick Forde got over in the corner for a try. The conversion was missed by Oisin Reid. Both sides pressed for scores before the Donegal Captain Dan Meehan got in with a well-worked try assisted by his fellow forwards. This conversion was also missed by Gareth Lipsett. Donegal continued to press the Ballyclare defence but were repelled time after time.
Half time score Donegal Town 10 points Ballyclare 0 points.
The second half started better for Ballyclare with their number 8 getting over in the corner five minutes after the restart. The conversion was missed. Ballyclare continued to press the Donegal defence and were rewarded with a try scored by their number 8. This was converted with an excellent kick from their number 6. Ballyclare now take the lead for the first time. A few minutes later they were in again for another try scored by their winger number 14.
Donegal were now chasing the game and in fairness got in for a try in the corner scored by John Relihan. This conversion was missed. Down by two points with ten minutes remaining Donegal threw everything the had at the Ballyclare defence. But alas it was not to be as Ballyclare held out for the win.
Full time score Donegal Town 15 points Ballyclare 17 points.
This was a hard fought contest with good displays of rugby from both teams. Well-done lads.
Donegal Town RFC U17s defeat Ballyclare
Donegal Town under 17s recorded an excellent win over Ballyclare on Saturday morning at home. The sun shone and the competition was fierce from the start.
The deadlock was broken in the first half with a break from the fifty metre mark by Captain Timmy Woods at 10 bursting past the Ballyclare centres and the Ballyclare 15 to place the ball under the posts. Connor Conneely duly converted and Donegal Town went in at half time narrowly ahead at 7-0.
Ballyclare started strongly as expected in the second half with some ferocious ball carrying from their forwards but again the Donegal defence held firm to keep them pinned back. First centre Mark Gillespie then broke the line with a well-timed handoff and completed the move with an impressive dive over the line. Connor Conneely again converted and Donegal Town led 14-0. Again Ballyclare hit back and twice the Donegal Town forwards drove them back from the try line.Conall Loughney at 14 then received the ball on the Ballyclare 22 metre line and managed to drive through two Ballyclare defenders before grounding the ball in the corner. Donegal Town then led 19-0.
Still Ballyclare did not give in and with ten minutes to go scored a well-deserved try in the corner. The final score was Donegal 19 Ballyclare 5.
The Donegal squad members were; Luke Foy, Charlie Gallagher, Colton Friel, Patrick Kelly, Connor Conneely,Aaron Hammelmann, Peter Breslin, Dillon Johnston, Aaron Mc Grory, Timmy Woods, Mark Gillespie, Cormac Donnelly, Conall Loughney, Jack Behan, Alex Boyd, Alec Reid, Conor Gallagher, Mark Conaghan, Patrick Reid, Conor Doherty, Conan Shine.