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UL Bohemian women march on to the AIL final

AIL Women semi-final, UL Bohemian 41, Galwegians 17:
TWO quality rugby teams took to the 4G pitch at UL North Campus to decide which would qualify to play in AIL final for 2016/17.
On a beautiful but windy day the Red Red Robins took on Galwegians in what promised to be a tough game. Both sides were determined to win out and move on to the final. UL Bohs played against the wind and with just five minutes of play Galwegians were pressing hard in and around the Robins 22, but Anna Caplice picked up a loose ball and made a 75 metre solo dash to score the opening try which was converted by Edel Murphy.
The next 20 minutes saw strong attacking and defensive play by both sides but eventually Nicole Fowley crossed the home side goal-line for the visitors first score. UL Bohs swiftly came back and left winger Eimear Considine received a lovely pass and went in for try number two. Gawlegians again put on the pressure and International Mairead Coyle went down the left wing and ran under the posts and this was successfully converted by Claire Raftery. The half-time score saw the sides level at 12-12.
In the seventh minute of the second half the Robins again went into the lead with a penalty by Edel Murphy. This lead was however short lived when Galwegians hit back three minutes later with a try by Denise Redmond to put the visitors into the lead for the first time. But as always UL Bohs put the pedal to the metal and the excellent pack took control and made it to the goal-line and who was there to crash over for the try only UL Bohs captain Fiona Hayes. With 25 minutes to go it was UL Bohs 20 Galwegains 17. The last quarter saw the Robins hitl form when Niamh Kavanagh made a strong break and scored a beautiful try and again Edel was on target with the extra two points. Some daylight between the teams was now showing and this was copper fastened just two minutes later when Liz Burke made a storming run down the right wing and scored near the posts. Claire Keohane converted. Still not over with 18 minutes to go but the Robins had a nice lead of 34 points to 17. The brave ‘Wegians side did not give up and tried to break through the UL Bohs defence but without success. Going into the last minute Niamh Kavanagh made another solo run of 50 metres to put the icing on the cake by going in under the posts with Claire again being on target with the conversion.
This was a hard fought but well deserved victory for UL Bohs who go on to play Old Belvedere in the final in Donnybrook next Saturday, 17.30. The club President Sean O’Gorman congratulated the squad and the management team on an excellent performance and season.
UL Bohs Squad: 1. Fiona Hayes (Captain), Gillian Bourke, 3. Fiona Reidy, 4. Aoife O’Sullivan, 5. Sara Hartigan, 6. Edel Murphy, 7. Anna Caplice, 8. Chloe Pearse, 9. Claire Keohane, 10. Rachel Allen-Connolly, 11. Eimear Considine, 12. Niamh Kavanagh, 13. Syphonia Pua, 14. Lisabeth Burke, 15. Aine Staunton, 16. Lisa Anglim, 17. Valerie Mitchell, 18. Cassandra Iannucci, 19. Ciara Griffin, 20. Helen McDermott, 21. Rachel O’Brien, 22. Claire McDermott.

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