The Ulster Women’s Championship Division 1 continues this weekend with Cavan having the weekend off.
The full fixture list is below with our review of the games following
|Fri 9th Nov 18||19:45||Malone||v||Omagh||Gibson Park|
|Sun 11th Nov 18||13:00||Enniskillen||v||Carrickfergus||Enniskillen|
|Sun 11th Nov 18||14:00||City of Derry||v||Ballynahinch||Craig Thompson Stadium|
Malone V Omagh
Malone host Omagh late tonight as part of a double header, with Malone seconds facing off against North Down at Gibson Park.
Omagh will be looking to build on their previous two wins from their last two games. The Tyrone team are currently sitting behind Cavan in third place having only moved up from Division 2. Omagh have displayed their attacking skills with a total of twelve tries in their opening three matches. They will be looking to test themselves against the top team in the league tonight.
Malone is once again been the team to beat this season. They have recruited well over the summer and have gone from strength to strength under new coach Grace Davitt. The Belfast team is powerful all over the park, with a good mix of experience and youth. They have shown how good their attack is, from anywhere on the pitch, scoring 26 tries this season. However, what they might be more pleased with is that they have only conceded a three points in three games, City of Derry the only side to have scored against them.
It will be hard to see this game go any other way than a home win. Malone are looking to move up to the All Ireland League this season, but they have to make sure they stay focused with the job in hand. Omagh are showing that they are a strong side this season, and will bring with them unknown challenges for the Belfast team tonight.
Enniskillen V Carrickfergus
Both sides will be looking to get their first win of the season, but who will take it?
Carrickfergus will be determined to get their first win since promotion and will be really targeting the game this weekend. Carrick finished top of Division 2 last year and will be looking to get back into the run of form they showed when they won promotion.
Enniskillen will be looking to build on their performance in their home match against City of Derry. Skins have always been a team that can provide an upset on the day. They have an experienced team who have been together for a while but have struggled to adapt when playing younger teams.
This will be a closely contested match with Carrick looking to get points to show the same development Omagh have this season. However, it is always hard to travel to Enniskillen, so the FRU are backing a home win.
City of Derry V Ballynahinch
Ballynahinch have shown a mixed bag of performances this season so far, with two wins and two loses. The ‘Hinch players will be disappoint in currently sitting fourth after finishing in a strong second position last year. They have a strong group of players, with some involved in Ulster Women’s Interprovincal Campaign. They will be looking to travel with the same form that they showed against Omagh in the opening game of the league, scoring seven tries on the way to securing the win.
City of Derry will be eager to build on their win over Enniskillen in their last match. The Derry players have also struggled to show the form of years gone by, and are currently sitting in fifth position in the league. However, the Derry team have plenty of experience and should know how to get the win especially, at home. They have a strong pack, and some skilful players in the back-line, but need to get these working in tandem.
This has the potential to be the match of the round. Both teams should be evenly matched on paper, and have played each other a number of times so should know what to expect. It will probably only be a try or two separating these sides, but it will all depend on what team takes the scoring opportunities given to them. Therefore, the FRU will have to back Ballynahinch to take the win, due to their superior scoring record, but I am hoping that the Derry girls prove me wrong!