Stunning Comeback by Letterkenny Girls: Report by Arthur McMahon
By Louise Alcorn
Letterkenny RFC U15 Girls 22 – Larne RFC U15 Girls 10
With two wins in succession and momentum starting to build in the side, Saturdays visit by Larne was always going to be important. The girls knew that if they were going to have something to show for their efforts this season, this was a must-win game.
However, the first 10 minutes were a disaster for Letterkenny. Even though they dominated territory and possession in the first 10, two turnovers allowed Larne to run in long range tries and the Letterkenny girls were up against it. It is a testament to the grit and determination of this team that they stuck to their task even though they were 10-0 down.
Letterkenny had been soundly beaten in Larne in November even though the girls felt that they should have gotten something from the game. This was a day for heroic performances! Two outstanding first half tries from Mya Alcorn brought the sides level 10-10 at half time but the full story of the first half is filled with tremendous tackling, rucking and support play which all the girls played their part in.
In the second half a fine breakaway try by Mya Alcorn settled the Letterkenny nerves and with the pack dominating the Larne forwards Letterkenny never looked like conceding. A fourth try from Alcorn secured the bonus point victory 22-10.
The girls have just one more league match left on the 5th of March away at Donaghadee and then it’s a home cup match versus Virginia. That match will be a real test of the girls’ season as the County Cavan outfit are pushing to win the league and will also have cup ambitions. So far this season Letterkenny have been beaten in their away fixture in Virginia and won narrowly on the return fixture at home.
The team on Saturday was: Shannen Wilkin, Kelley Higgins, Tara Duffy, Sarah McMahon, Megan McGarvey, Maebh Clenaghan, Sarah McBrearty, Sara Bundschu, Ailbhe Cannon, Mya Alcorn, Emma Logue, Tori Stewart, Keeley Lafferty. The girls can be rightly proud of coming from behind to earn a hard fought victory.