Longford Women make it three from three 2019-10-22 11:17:00

201019 Leinster Women’s League Division 4 Barnhall 29 Longford 31

Longford Ladies travelled to Barnhall hoping to keep their winning streak going. Barnhall kicked off the game and it wasn’t long before Longford made some incredible plays to work the ball through the phases, helping to get Megan Banahan across the line for the first try of the day. Unfortunately, the conversion was not sucessful but it wasn’t long until Longford were on the attack again with Megan Banahan making a break to get herself and the ball across the try line with the conversion being secured by Megan. Longford held their own for a lot of the first half with huge effort going into the scrums whilst Michelle Farrell and Rebecca Duffy held their own in the line outs. A turnover from Monica Bannon had Longford back on the attack but Barnhall refused to back down as they then gained possession and made a break for themselves but they were no match for Leanne Keegan who made a crucial tackle in our own 22, which resulted in a turnover. Longford were now on the attack again but unfortunately couldn’t make the ground as a knock on by resulted in a Barnhall scrum in our 22 allowing Barnhall to get their first try and points of the day but they could not add the conversion.

Longford put in a great effort to finish their first half with as much points as possible whilst also keeping Barnhall at bay.  A turnover by Shauna Cahill with help from Roisin Shaw and Maria Kelleher at the half way line was the starting point for another attack from Longford. Emma McHugh broke through the Barnhall defence with Emma Dardis then able to make her own breakthrough and feed the ball to the back line resulting in incredible ground being made by Megan Jobe, Leona Hoare and Rebecca O’Hara which was just enough to get Megan Banahan across the rry line yet again before securing the conversion. Longford finished the first half with a lead of 19-5.

Longford did not get their second half off to the best start with Barnhall on the attack and making a comeback. Longford did their best to keep them at bay but errors gave Barnhall the edge to mount a comeback and go into the lead to a 29-19.  Despite Barnhall being in the ascendancy Longford refused to let the heads fall and made it their mission to come back. It was work that was put in all over the pitch along with a well executed kick by Emma Dardis, which was chased and won by Natalie O’Reilly in the Barnhall 22 that helped get Longford ever so closer to that try line. It was then the forwards that made crucial ground after that with carries from Hannah Shea, Michelle Farrell and Dora Ledwith had Longford mere inches from the try line.  However, a quick thinking decision to get the ball out through the backs and into the hands of Leanne Keegan to finish the job and secure the try and conversion along with it. Longford weren’t out of the woods yet as they were still trailing by three points.  Longford kept coming with Anita Walker proving to be a treat in the air winning a pivotal lineout in Longford’s own 22, which put Longford back on the attack. It wasn’t long before Longford were working through the phases with Rebecca Duffy and Maria Kelleher involved in some crucial carries along with Emma McHugh, Roisin Shaw and Gillian McDonnell before Longford found themselves back in the Barnhall 22. Longford wasted no time in taking back their lead with Rebecca O’Hara crossing the whitewash after a final phase where the ball was flashed out the back line with clinical passing through each of the backs in order to secure that decisive score and take back the lead. Whilst the conversion was not to be this time it was not necessary as Longford held their own to run down the clock and finish with yet another win.

Longford now have a weekend off before the next match. Training continues every Tuesday and Friday at 7:30. New players always welcome.

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