Ayr Rugby Football Club

Ayr Ladies continued with their winning on ways on Sunday when they defeated Howe of Fife 8-61 away from home. The victory makes it two-from-two so far in this years league campaign.

Lee Steward opened the scoring after just 16 minutes. The winger, who was back in the starting line-up after missing the season opener with a head knock, caught the ball out wide and was able to dart clear. Shennan converted.

It didn't take long for Ayr to add to their lead. Robynn Gibson, who has been electric so far this season, ran in for her first of the day just minutes later. Once again Shennan made no mistake from the kicking tee and after 21 minutes Howe found themselves down 14 points.

Gibson was only just getting started, and straight from the restart a weaving run saw her carve through the home sides defence and back in under the posts. Shennan made it three-from-three.

Howe were trying hard to rally before the game pulled away from them. Direct running from a robust forward pack punched through the Ayr defence putting them in good field position but a lack of composure on the ball gifted Ayr with opportunities to clear their lines. With just five left to play in the half they looked to have a foothold on the game but a sucker punch came in the form of a runaway try from Lee Steward once more. The wing picked up possession deep in her half but managed to take full advantage of a narrow defensive line. She found space outside her opposite winger and sprinted home and dry from 60 metres out.

With just two to play in the half Robynn Gibson bagged her first-half hat trick with another weaving run. Shennan brought the scoring to 0-35.

The interval was looming but Ayr weren't finished. Lovely footwork from Connie Griffiths freed up winger Erin McSorley who danced up her touchline and into the oppositions 22. She was eventually caught and brought down but not before offloading to the stampeding Rachael Mulholland. The back rower powered through the covering tackle and over the line. Catherine Shennan's successful boot concluded the first half.

HT: Howe of Fife 0-42 Ayr.

Ayr fired out of the blocks after half time with fly-half Lauren McBride dotting down.

You would forgive Howe for dropping their heads at this point but that just wasn't on the agenda. They began to assert themselves and within minutes managed to muscle over for their first on the day. They slowly built on this and soon found themselves back in dangerous territory. From a penalty they opted for the post's- which their kicker duly slotted. 8-49.

The tempo of the game had changed and the home side no longer let Ayr feed their backs. Possession swung like a pendulum and a fierce battle was beginning to break out. 15 minutes past before a team got back on the scoreboard. On the 62nd minute Robynn Gibson managed to break clear once more, punching through the line and in for her fourth of the day. 

The last try of the contest came with ten still to play. scrum-half Nikki Weyers' control around the breakdown was a key trait in all that was going well for the ladies and she showcased quick decision making when she went blind from a tap n' go. She sucked in the defenders before feeding back-turned-flank Emily Irving who snuck in to conclude the score. The icing on top was a crafty conversion from Shennan that brushed the inside of the post.


Full-Time: Howe of Fife 8-61 Ayr.