Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Victorious debut for Ayr Ladies

Women's rugby has really taken a hold at Ayr, and the senior ladies' team got off to a flying start in their first fully competitive match on Friday night.

The ladies showed no fear as they faced Strathclyde University at Millbrae in front of a large and rowdy crowd.  Meer minutes after kick-off the home side had touched down for their first try, leaving the visitors shell-shocked. 

Playing some excellent running rugby, the women in pink and black soon added another try from Ruthie Barcley-Paterson, but Fiona Potts' conversion unfortunately hit the post. 

Centre Emily Irving was a menace all evening, not only running all over Strathclyde, but bouncing off their tackles.

Gemma Swankie got the next score for Ayr, grabbing a try from the line-out.  This time it was Irving's conversion that hit the post. 

It was a true team effort, as backs and forwards combined to swiftly move play up the park.  Lindsey Smith scored under the posts for Ayr, with Irving's conversion successful.  Ayr led 22-0 at half-time.

Ayr continued to hoover up Strathclyde's mistakes, but the visitors weren't about to give up.  They managed to force their way over the line for a converted try after it seemed Ayr's tenacious defence had held them up. 

Ayr were back on top though, with a terrific show-and-go that led to another score under the posts.  Irving added the extras.

Strathclyde's talented full-back managed to get more points for the visitors with a try, but couldn't convert. 

Barclay-Paterson bagged another try for Ayr, converted again by Irving.  The pacy winger proved equally dangerous in defence, snuffing out Strathclyde's attempts to score another try. 

But it was Irving who stole the show in the dying minutes, with a superb try that saw her run the length of the pitch, much to the delight of the coaches and fans.  The final score was Ayr 41 Strathclyde University 12.


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