Disappointment for Larissa as Ireland game abandoned

There was disappointment for Donegal girl Larissa Muldoon as the Ireland v Wales Six Nations match was abandoned in Ashbourne on Friday night.

There was disappointment for Donegal girl Larissa Muldoon as the Ireland v Wales Six Nations match was abandoned in Ashbourne on Friday night.

Scottish referee Kevin White called the game off at half-time for health and safety reasons, with the pitch hardening in the freezing temperatures.

Ireland had scored the only try in the 18th minute through an excellent run from winger Alison Miller, with centre Niamh Briggs adding the conversion.

Wales’ Laura Prosser and Briggs swapped penalties in the closing minutes of the half as Ireland moved 10-3 ahead for the break.

With player safety paramount, the decision was taken to halt proceedings prematurely. The match result does not stand, a replay was offered for tomorrow but Wales declined.

The Six Nations sub-committee will meet next week to set a date for a replay between the teams at the same County Meath venue.

It was an unsatisfactory end to a night which had started brightly for Philip Doyle’s Irish side, who suffered a one-point defeat to Wales in Gwent in last year’s corresponding fixture.

The girls in green were camped in the Welsh half for most of the opening quarter at Ashbourne RFC. They were unfortunate not to make more of a Claire Molloy turnover which resulted in a powerful burst from debutant lock Sophie Spence.

Larissa will be hoping that there will be further opportunities to wear the green and gold of Ireland. Their next game is on Saturday next away to France.