Carrick Women entertained Lisburn Women in a Deloitte Junior Cup match at the Tom Sims Memorial Park on Sunday afternoon with the home side coming out on top 12 – 0 in a bruising encounter.
It was a game where both teams put a lot of work into defence which kept chances to a minimum. However, Carrick had the experience to make the most of their opportunities and a try in each half was enough to seal the game for the home team.
The Carrick side enjoyed the vast bulk of territory and possession in both halves and it was no surprise when their pack rumbled over on the right after keeping Lisburn pinned in their own territory for the opening 15 minutes. Hard working prop Ruth McMorrow came up with the ball as the home team piled over the line. Full back Kirsten Todd was unlucky to see her conversion attempt, from out wide, slip inches under the bar leaving the score at 5 – 0 in Carrick’s favour.
The home side continued to enjoy the lion’s share of territory and possession for the remainder of the half but the Lisburn defence held firm and the visitors started to look dangerous on the occasions they managed to get the ball to their runners out wide. However the half ended without further score and the teams turned round with Carrick defending their five point lead.
The second half continued in much the same vein with Carrick applying the bulk of the pressure with Lisburn breaking out occasionally. In a game broken up by a substantial amount of stoppages the Lisburn side looked to be growing into the game as the clock ticked well past the hour mark.
However, as the game started to open up it was Carrick who were able to take advantage as out half Aimee Ellis spotted a gap in the Lisburn defence to make her break for the line midway through the final quarter. Todd knocked over the conversion to give Carrick a 12 – 0 lead with just over ten minutes to play.
Lisburn pushed hard for a score for the remainder of the line with some strong running in the midfield but careless hands and the resilient Carrick defence kept them from crossing the line, the game ending as a 12 – 0 win for Carrick.