Match Reports

End of Season Rugby Ladies Sevens Tournament May Bank Holiday Weekend in Carrickfergus‏

Cavan ladies rugby team came out on top to win the Cup at the Carrickfergus sevens tournament over the May Bank Holiday Weekend. Ten girls from the Cavan RFC ladies panel headed up to the well established carrickfergus sevens competition. 

There were 8 teams in the competition divided into two groups of four. Cavan faced Newry, Coleraine and Ballynahinch in their group stages. Cavan ladies beat Newry 27-5 with tries from Kate Bartley, Anna Coyle and 3 tries from Deirdre O'Reilly and conversion by Kate Bartley. Cavan then faced Coleraine in their second group game and came out on top on a score of 22-0 with a try from Kathleen Dawson and 3 tries from Anna Coyle. Kate Bartley who had great kick offs throughout the day, scored the conversion. Cavan then beat Ballynahinch 27-5 in the last group game. The try scorers were Kathleen Dawson, Deirdre O'Reilly and a conversion by Kate Bartley and tries from Cathy King, Anna Coyle and a special memorable try from Rosie Morgan. 
This set Cavan up for the Cup final to play against the hosts Carrickfergus where they topped their group. Both teams know each other very well as they have contested League and Cup fixtures this season. The final was a tough fought battle where there were fine tackles put in by the Cavan forwards Claire McDermott, Christina Brady and Caroline O'Reilly. The scrum half Kathleen Dawson then side stepped and found space to run in the first try in the final. She managed to put it down under the posts where Kate Bartley duly converted. Then later the ball came to Anna Coyle where she evaded tackles to pick up momentum and run in a try. Before the end of the first half the player of the tournament Kathleen Dawson came at Carrickfergus again and found space along the wings to score her second try. The rain had managed to stay away all day but the rain came down in the second half. Carrickfergus tried to use their physicality to punch holes in the Cavan defence. But the resilient Cavan ladies were determined to shut down Carrickfergus's attempts. Cavan's Aisling O'Connell showed great determination and made great ground to build a Cavan attack in the second half. Time was running out for Carrickfergus but they got a try in the dying seconds of the game. The final score was 17-5 to Cavan. The Cavan Captain Anna Coyle was presented with the Developmental Cup in front of the crowd and Kathleen Dawson was presented with her award for player of the tournament. This cup added to the ladies silver wear and it was a great end to the successful Cavan ladies rugby season. 
Team: Caroline O'Reilly, Cathy King, Rosie Morgan, Christina Brady, Claire McDermott, Aisling O'Connell, Kathleen Dawson, Anna Coyle, Kate Bartley and Deirdre O'Reilly. Managed by Brigid Reynolds and trained by James Loughnane and George Crowe. 
Above the captain Anna Coyle receiving the cup for winning the Carrickfergus Rugby Ladies Sevens Tournament 

Above the 'Player of the Tournament' Kathleen Dawson getting her award

Above the team back row L to R- Aisling O'Connell, Claire McDermott, Cathy king, Caroline O'Reilly, Rosie Morgan, Kate Bartley, Brigid Reynolds, Carrickfergus President. Front row L to R- Anna Coyle, Christina Brady, Deirdre O'Reilly and Kathleen Dawson. 

Above the team- Back row Claire McDermott, Aisling O'Connell, Cathy King, Rosie Morgan, Kate Bartley and Brigid Reynolds. Front row Anna Coyle, Christina Brady, Kathleen Dawson and Deirdre O'Reilly. 

Above the Team with their winning tops and awards- Back row L to R: Aisling O'Connell, Rosie Morgan, Kate Bartley, Christina Brady, Brigid Reynolds, Cathy King, Caroline O'Reilly. Front L to R: Claire McDermott, Deirdre O'Reilly, Anna Coyle, and Kathleen Dawson.

Co. Cavan RFC Ladies Victorious Battle Against Ballyshannon Ladies

Ballyshannon 0 
Co Cavan Ladies 8
Cavan ladies travelled to Ballyshannon on Sunday focused on their league game but also with revenge in their sights from the cup defeat to Ballyshannon last season. Paige Conroy got proceedings under way for Cavan and forced Ballyshannon into an early knock on error. Cavan secured their first scrum and soon had Ballyshannon under pressure. Quick hands from centres  Helen McDermott and Gillian Martin brought Cavan deep into the opposition twenty two.  Shauna Brady was unlucky not to see her darting run up the side line be rewarded on the score line. However their hard work was undone from a Cavan knock on. Ballyshannon’s scrums were strong but the Cavan pack, led by Caroline O’Reilly, Kathy King and Rosie Morgan stood firm. Cavan dealt with the Ballyshannon attack and soon forced another turn over. Again, good link up play masterminded by scrum half Shannon Lane, pinned Ballyshannon into their own half. Cavan gave away a series of penalties which eventually led to hooker Kathy King being shown a yellow card. This gave Cavan further determination to see out a very intense first half in Ballyshannon territory. Half time 0-0. Cavan started the second half as determined as the first.  Ballyshannon were finding it difficult to control direct, powerful running from Christina Brady, Aisling O’Connell and Deirdre O’Reilly. This pressure led to Ballyshannon giving away a penalty in front of their posts. Conroy kicked and scored Cavan’s first three points.  Cavan continued to dominate the game and Kathy King stole the majority of the Ballyshannon’s line outs. This gave Cavan the chance to further attack led by captain Anna Coyle and Shannon Lane. Ballyshannon did break the line on a few occasions.  Lane came to Cavan’s rescue by completing an excellent covering tackle after a Ballyshannon interception. Kate Bartley also dealt superbly with any aerial attack that Ballyshannon tried to launch. Cavan started to really pound the Ballyshannon defence with continual forward play. This hard work finally paid off when blind side flanker  Deirdre O’Reilly powered her way over the line. McDermott’s attempt at the conversion just shaved the post to go wide. Cavan continued to work their way up the pitch from the restart. Ball carriers Claire McDermott and Kathleen Dawson sparked off Cavan’s next wave of attack. Extra power was also added to the team with the addition of Yvonne Courtney. Dawson was unlucky not to aid the second try when the ball was held up over the line as the match drew to a close. Cavan continue their unbeaten league record and will welcome Carrickfergus to Swellan Park On Sunday 7th Decemeber  - Kick off 1pm, Cavan need to ensure they win in order to guarantee a top spot finish.
Cavan: Caroline O’Reilly, Kathy King, Rosie Morgan, Claire McDermott, Christina Brady, Ailsing O’Connell, Kathleen Dawson, Paige Conroy, Shannon Lane, Helen McDermott, Kate Bartley, Anna Coyle, Grainne Brady, Deirdre O’Reilly, Gillian Martin  and Yvonne Courtney.