Junior Cup: Queens University 12 Co Cavan 7

Published Categorised as 2021-22, Club Rugby Women, Co Cavan RFC, Queen's University Belfast RFC, Ulster Junior Cup Women Tagged , , , , ,
The Deloite Women's Junior Cup Final between Queen's University and Co Cavan on Easter Monday, 18th April 2022

Queens University met Co Cavan in the Deloitte Ulster Women’s Junior Cup Final on Easter Monday at Ravenhill.

The Front Row Union sent our two latest recruits Ruby Starrett and Cara McLean along to Ravenhill to photograph and report on the final.

Cara and Ruby in action at Ravenhill.

Queens enjoyed the better of the first quarter in terms of territory and possession but were unable to break down the strong Cavan defence.

Having soaked up the Queens pressure for the best part of half an hour, Cavan started to make some strong breaks through the center and they proved to be more clinical with their possession with center Lauren O’Riordan busting through the Queens defence to score under the posts. Kate Bartley added the extras and Cavan led 0 – 7 after 30 minutes.

Cavan’s Lauren O’Riordan heads for the line for the opening try in the Junior Cup.

Queens looked for a response and had Cavan under pressure in the closing minutes of the half, but once again the students lacked the composure to break down the enthusiastic Cavan defence. With no further score the teams turned round with Cavan leading by 7 points.

The second half began with an excellence run from Queens scrum half Rachael Mcllroy, however the remainder of the 3rd quarter was fairly scrappy with neither team holding onto possession for more than a couple of phases.

Queens finally mounted a concerted effort in the Cavan 22 at the start of the final quarter and they got their break through when Ellen Patterson battled over the line for their first try. The conversion was missed leaving the score at 5 – 7 in Cavan’s favour with under 15 minutes remaining.

Queens Ellen Patterson is congratulated after scoring against Cavan in the second half of the Junior Cup.

It looked like Cavan’s strong defensive effort was going to take the day but a late break down the right by Queens Lydia Montgomery, roared on by the crowd, saw the winger outstrip the Cavan defence to cross out wide and finish under the posts with the last play of the game. Diane Ramsey added the extras to give Queens a 12 – 7 win.

Queens Lydia Montgomery is roared on by the crowd as she makes the decisive break for Queens winning try.

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