Action from Malone v Carrick in the Ulster Development League.This week Pauline McFerran keeps us up to date with Carrick Ladies’ progress in the Development League.

Having taken 61 points and 2 victories from the season’s first 2 matches, Carrick Ladies were feeling confident of a win over relatively new side Malone at Gibson Park on Sunday. However the score of 48-0 to the visitors was the icing on the cake of a hat-trick of league victories.

The first try of the match came from a penalty and put Carrick 3-0 up thanks to number 10 Arlene Devine. Within minutes number 8 Jemma Boyd had scored the first of 2 tries, being tackled on the line but twisting the ball above her head to put another 5 points on the board.  The try was then converted by Arlene to take the score to 10-0.

Both teams had difficulty due to the extremely wet and muddy conditions, but he more experienced Carrick side continued the attack and when the half time whistle was blown were leading 29-0, with tries from captain Lydine Wilson, Laura Johnson and conversions from Arlene Devine, who kicked 5 from 7 conversions overall.

The second half saw a reshuffle in both sides due to injury and substitutions, which resulted in scrums become uncontested due to inexperience from the Malone pack. The strength and impact of the Carrick pack became apparent when Malone made a break from the scrum but were closed down by the Carrick defence before they could succeed.

Points in the second half came from Jemma Boyd, Sabrina Higgins, Arlene Devine and Lydine Wilson, with 2 tries in the final 4 minutes of play. The final whistle was blown to give Carrick the victory and a total of 109 league points from 3 matches. Player of the match was awarded to Jemma Boyd.

With a visit from Ballymoney coming up on 21st October, Carrick are determined to maintain their unbeaten run and end the season avoiding league defeat.



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