LARISSA MULDOON from Cappry was a second half replacement as Ireland got their first win - 40-10 against Italy - in this season’s Women’s Six Nations thanks to a six-try win at Ashbourne, Co Meath, on Friday night.
Lock Marie Louise Reilly broke through for the opening try inside of five minutes and Niamh Kavanagh delivered the second try for her side in the 14th minute after being put through by Joy Neville, who then turned from provider to poacher in the 29th minute claiming the third try.
With all of these tries converted by Niamh BriggsItaly bounced back with a Cristina Molic try to ensure a 21-7 interval scoreline.
A Michela Tondinellia drop goal cut the deficit 15 minutes into the second half after the visitors had been camp in the Irish half.
Amy Davis crossed the line in the 62nd minute after all of the spade work had been done by Ailson Miller Davis eventually crossing the line to push Ireland 26-10 ahead. Scrum-half Muldoon came in with nine minutes left and Kavanagh followed up with her second try before Jennifer Murphy crossed the line in injury time.
Ireland lost 8-7 in Pau against France in their last outing and saw their first fixture postponed, when leading Wales 10-3, due to a frozen pitch.