Donegal Town Ladies RFC played their first ever game at the Holmes last Saturday against Letterkenny RFC Ladies.
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The ladies walked out of the clubhouse cheered on by the many supporters who had turned up for
the historical event. From the outset both teams demonstrated great strength and motivation.
Letterkenny were first to break the try line at 15 minutes. Donegal’s response was quick equalising
the score through a tactical drill set up from the back of a scrum by scrum half Linda Kenny and No.
10 Laura Kenny invoving the rest of the backline in the form of Dunnion A, Cunningham and Graham,
and which allowed Helen McPartland to break through a strong defence and over the line for hte
firstever home try!
Letterkenny, the more experienced team on the day went on to score a further
three tries. Donegal displayed excellent offloading, rucking and some great tackling. Donegal, despite
the score line, never let the pressure of the big game get to them and fought to the end scoring the
final try in the game.
Excellent teamwork demonstrated from the fronts, Britton, Connaghan,
Dunnion, Cannon, McGlinchey, Deane and McCormick allowed Donegal to make many yards and
Leanne Wray forced her way over the try line form a break from the back of a ruck in the last
minutes of the game. It was a score their passion, tenacity and teamwork deserved.
Donegal Ladies showed the enthusiasm and determination they have for the game and great
potential considering it was only their third game.
Big thanks to everyone involved with the team, in particular a very proud Coach, Gareth McMurray,
the many supporters who turned out on the day and our local referee Gary Prenderville. The two
bottles of champagne presented by Club President added the last bit of fizz to a great day.
Donegal Ladies: Elaine Britton, Tracey Connaghan, Michelle Dunnion, Nao Cannon, Claire McGlnchey, Joanne McCormack, Abbey Deane, Leanne Wray (Capt.), Linda Kenny, Laura Kenny, Helen McPartland,
Amanda Dunnion, Martina Cunningham, Claire Graham.