UL Bohs crowned All-Ireland Cup Champions with dominant victory over Blackrock College

Niamh Briggs chipped in with two conversions and a second-half penalty to guide her side to victory.

UL BOHS WERE crowned Women’s All-Ireland Cup Champions this afternoon with a dominant 17-5 victory over Blackrock College at Anglesea Road.

Fiona Hayes and Niamh Briggs lift The Cup Fiona Hayes and Niamh Briggs lift the cup. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Laura Sheehan crossed for the Limerick side in the first half, with Niamh Briggs converting to give UL a 7-0 lead at the break.

Briggs then added to her tally in the second half with a penalty right in front of the posts. Her kick made it a two-score game heading into the closing stages.

A final try in second half from Aine Staunton put the game beyond any doubt and opened up a 17-point advantage for UL Bohs before Blackrock struck back late with a try of their own through Caoimhe Molloy.

“We started a bit shaky,” said captain Fiona Hayes after today’s game.

“I think the first 20 minutes didn’t go our way. There were a lot of mistakes, but we regrouped. 

“I’m very proud of the girls and delighted we came away with the win today.”

She added: “[Blackrock] have come on a lot. They’re a very young side and you can see that their fitness levels have come up.

“They play a nice style of rugby and it’s good to see them on the up. We like playing against a fast playing team like that.”

Railway Union celebrate winning The Plate Final Railway Union celebrate winning The Plate Final. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Elsewhere today, Railway Union lifted the All-Ireland Plate with a 25-8 win over Belvedere.

Cooke RFC edged Tralee in the Shield Final, earning a 15-10 win over their Kerry rivals.

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