DUNDALK travelled to Ratoath Rugby Club on Saturday in their first league game of 2013, with their coaches Sharon Toal and Linda Valentine. Torrential rain on Friday made the conditions very difficult, but the minis were buoyant, spurred on by the success of the senior teams of late.
The pitch resembled a mud bath at times, but the Dundalk girls got stuck in and quickly settled into their game. Their dedication at training paying dividends with tries run in by several girls including Aoife Bermingham, Tara Herr, Aoife Purcell, Sophia Murdock and Temi among others.
Ruth McGee and Sophie Woulfe proved valuable in defence and it was a great display for the minis At half time Dundalk girls were trailing behind, but came back strongly in the second half determined to secure a win, great passing and ball control eventually saw the Under 10's come away with a win to the immense pride of their coaches.
DUNDALK: Aoife Purcell, Aoife Bermingham, Tara Herr, Suphia Murdock, Temi, Ruth McGee and Sophie Woulfe.
DUNDALK under-12s maintained their winning form on a trip to Ratoath on Saturday. A strong team travelled with coaches Sharon Toal and Linda Valentine on a bitterly cold but bright day.
Playing conditions were messy, the pitch was very mucky, and it took Dundalk a while to settle into their game. Ratoath had many talented players and they took the game to Dundalk in the first half.
Dundalk played a confident game and never seemed to be in real danger of losing the game. Great passing and communication between the players kept them ahead at all times.
They played a controlled game with Caoimhe O'Callaghan running in crucial tries when needed as Ratoath threatened to close the gap. Other try scorers included Deborah Malone who had a brilliant game, along with Shona Kelly and Molly Hughes. Shona Kelly and Rebecca Moffat-McdGinn were particularly strong in defence, along with Eva Toal, Clodagh Flynn, Chloe Ticehurst, Grace Cranny, Neasa Boyle and Aoise Finegan.
There was a steely determination to this team, much to the delight of their coaches who predict a great season for the U12's.
DUNDALK: Deborah Malone, Clodagh Flynn, Eva Toal, Shona Kelly, Molly Hughes, Neasa Boyle, Rebecca Moffat-McGinn, Aoise Finegan and Chloe Ticehurst.
DUNDALK under-15s also travelled to Ratoath on Saturday with coaches Chris Scully, Suzanne Flynn and Maria Cartwright. A very skilled and experienced side made the trip as Dundalk under 15s continue their march towards the first ever North East League title.
With a surplus of players and talent from Dundalk, it was always going to be difficult for Ratoath. Brilliant passing and defending saw Dundalk take control of the game from the first whistle.
The unstoppable Sophie Murtagh running in a try within the opening seconds of the game, quickly followed by Meadhbh O'Callaghan. The experience of Ellen O'Hara, Ruth Hanna and Shannon Greene was evident as they guided and coaxed the absolute best out of their team mates.
At half time Dundalk had a substantial lead on Ratoath and it never really looked like Ratoath had it in them to come back against such a text book display of tag rugby from Dundalk.
Tries run in by Sophie Murtagh, Ellen O'Hara, Ruth Hanna, Jessica Malone, Aoife McDonough, Niamh Belton and Meadhbh O'Callaghan delighted spectators and coaches alike. Libby Turnbull proved very strong in defence along with Orla Conway, Siadhbh McDonnell, Aoife Craven, Joy Quigly and Zoe Valentine.
DUNDALK: Zoe Valentine, Aoife Craven, Joy Quigley, Siadhbh McDonnell, Orla Conway, Libby Turnbull, Meadhbh O'Callaghan, Aoife McDonough, Jessica Malone, Ruth Hanna, Ellen O'Hara, Sophie Murtagh, Shannon Greene, Niamh Belton