Ayr Ladies enjoyed a tremendous home debut as they ran in nine tries against Grangemouth at Millbrae on Sunday in the RBS Women's National League Division 2.
The ladies in pink and black started well, with strong showings in defence and attack, with great tackles from flanker Ashleigh Nelson and some determined running from prop Louise McLauchlan. They were soon on the score sheet after a superb try by inside centre Emily Irving from her own fifty metre line. She also converted. 7-0.
Two minutes later, outside centre Laura Turner was off like a shot to score in the corner. Irving missed the tricky wide conversion. 12-0.
Irving very quickly got her second try of the day, this time running from her own 22 to touch down under the posts. She added the extras. 19-0.
That score was replicated minutes later when number eight Lisa Croniken also went on the charge from well inside her own half and outstripped the flagging Grangemouth defence. Irving converted. 26-0.
Grangemouth strung together a few phases but were under pressure from Ayr's defence and the constant threat they posed with ball in hand. McLauchlan was on the charge again just before half-time, deftly offloading to put Irving in for her third try, which she converted. 33-0.
There was just enough time for Turner to fight her way free of the Grangemouth defenders to sprint in for yet another try. Irving's conversion brought the first half to a close. 40-0.
The second half started with a huge downpour to compound Grangemouth's misery. Turner scored from the restart, neatly gathering the kick and motoring off for the posts. Irving converted. 47-0.
Full-back Laura McTaggart made an excellent break to take Ayr back into Grangemouth's half and replacement hooker Megan Thomson went over for the home side's eighth try. Scrum-half Ann-Marie Connolly took over kicking duties but couldn't convert. 52-0.
A break and a lovely pass from flanker Kerry Steel set up Ayr's ninth try, McTaggart scoring under the posts. Connolly converted. 59-0.
Despite pinning Ayr into their own half for the rest of the match, Grangemouth couldn't manage any points. Ayr Ladies will be pleased with their defensive and attacking efforts. They go to second place in the division two table with a game in hand, just a point behind Stewartry Sirens.