AIL Women Roundup: Energia Cup Round 1

In the opening round of the Energia Cup, Blackrock continued their unbeaten streak, Railway Union and UL Bohemian also looked impressive, while Cooke notched a first win of the season.

Cooke 29-10 Ballincollig, Shaws Bridge

Cooke picked up their first win of the AIL season as they toppled Ballincollig in Belfast, they got of to the perfect start after struggling to get a win in their league campaign.

They trailed 10-7 at half time, Heather Kennedy and Lauraleigh Baker both crossed for Ballincollig, with a strong second half saw them claim victory as Ilse Van Staden, Hannah Downey, and a brace of tries from Helen McGhee, combined with three Amanda Morton conversions and a penalty ensured their victory.

Galwegians 10-29 UL Bohemian, Crowley Park

UL Bohemian picked up an ideal start to the cup series as they produced a strong second half display to see them take an opening round win.

The Robins were 10-3 ahead at half time as Nicole Fowley notched a penalty in the only score for the hosts in the half, she converted a second half try by Ellen Connolly but it was a consolation as UL shone in the half, Niamh Kavanagh and Eilis Cahill both notched braces in the tie, while Chloe Pearse also got over for a try, Kate Flannery notched two conversions in the win.

Railway Union 39-15 Wicklow, Park Avenue

Despite missing some key names in their squad, Railway Union showed why they were league finalists will a strong outing over Wicklow.

By half time it looked a much tighter affair as Union led 17-10, but in the second half they proved their worth to take the win, Nikki Caughey, Aimee Clarke, Steph Carroll and two each for veteran Lindsay Peat and Niamh Byrne ensured the win.

Suttonians 5-31 Blackrock College, JJ McDowell Memorial Grounds

Blackrock put in a strong second half performance to ensure they remained unbeaten and also start their cup series off on a high point to defeat Suttonians.

Grainne Tummon crossed for an unconverted try in the opening half for Suttonains but Blackrock through two converted tries saw them ahead 14-5 at the break, weakened heavily by the Celtic Challenge, Niamh Tester, Michelle Claffey, Aoife Moore, Lisa Mullen and Mairead Ni Chathasaigh all crossed the whitewash.

Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.

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