BUCCANEERS WOMENS TEAM continued their marvellous winning sequence with a hard-earned 17-11 Leinster Womens Cup victory over Garda at Dubarry Park, Athlone, on Saturday afternoon. This was a very competitive affair and Buccs showed wonderful resolve and greater fitness to come out on top after a typically fervent Cup tie.
Garda were quicker to settle, helped by an early penalty. Buccs, meanwhile, missing some key personnel including Elaine Conlon, Sinead Taylor, Colette McSpadden and Tracey Finnerty, took time to get to grips with the visitors who went 8-0 ahead following a 19th minute try. Emma Traynor kick started the Buccettes comeback with a 24th minute penalty that completed the scoring in an edgy first half. Buccs began to force the pace as the second period progressed and, just on the hour mark, Niamh Ni Dhroma made a typically searing break for a try at the posts which Traynor converted. Conlon entered the fray for the final quarter in place of the ubiquitous Myriam Borque-Cascajo who sustained an injury in her relentless endeavours to turn the tide. Emer Phelan was now thundering into the contest although playing out of position at No.8 and, shortly afterwards, Traynor outwitted the Garda cover to carve a try at the posts which she also converted. Garda battled on but had to settle for a late penalty.
Borque-Cascajo, Phelan, Ann Marie Sleator and Natasha Egan excelled in a tough forwards contest while Traynor, Ni Dhroma and Niamh Gough all caught the eye in the backline as Buccs forged a merited victory.
BUCCANEERS:- N.Ni Dhroma; A.Kemmy, Y.O’Shea, A.Kelleher, N.Gough; E.Traynor, S.Hynds; L.Stuart-Trainor, M.Kiripati (captain), A.M.Sleator; C.Moore, N.Egan; S.O’Shea, M.Borque-Cascajo and E.Phelan. Replacement:- E.Conlon (for Borque-Cascajo, inj.). REFEREE:- Padraig McGowan (Connacht).