City of Derry Women travelled to The Dub, Upper Malone, Belfast for Sunday’s game against Queens Women in the Deloitte Ulster Rugby Women’s Premiership.
It was a cagey affair in the first quarter, played between the ’22s, with attacks and defences sounding each other out.
Queens began to win possession and moved it wide, where they found gaps in the Derry defence, scoring 3 unconverted tries through Beth Taylor, Katy Lemon and Danielle Hargan.
They were well worth their 15 – 0 lead at half time.
It was a different Derry side in the 2nd half.
The visitors kept play tight breaking from the fringes of scrums, rucks and mauls and starving the dangerous Queens backs of possession.
It was no surprise when Ciara Moore crossed for an unconverted try to narrow the deficit.
As the half progressed the Queens defence held firm and, in a break away, Diane Ramsay burst through the Derry defence on half way and crossed under the posts for an unconverted try.
Derry pushed on in the final moments but Queens held out for a deserved 20 – 5 victory.
Report and photo credit – Bob Given Photography