Broughton’s dazzling display at Dalziel

A thrilling encounter in the RBS Women’s Bowl final saw Broughton beat Ayr 17-7 after 80 minutes of hard-fought rugby.

With a physical battle up front and both backlines making themselves a nuisance, the game saw each team having to fight for every inch gained.

Broughton coach, Louise Forsyth, said: “It was possibly the most nail-biting match I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. It was immense from both sides.

“We’ve had a strong defence all season so we focused on a strong line of attack and ways to penetrate the defensive line and today they played some good phases of rugby and it came together like a beautiful jigsaw puzzle.”

Scorers for Broughton were full-back Amy Neill, centre Ceri Lynn and replacement back Ivanna McConnell with the player of the match award being handed to centre Stacey Donaldson, who scored a conversion. For Ayr, scrum-half Niamh Durnan touched down with winger Emily Irving adding the extras.

Broughton team: Amy Neill; Catriona Quirie, Ceri Lynn, Stacey Donaldson, Vicky Allan; Laura Kinghorn, Nicky Gaskell; Rebecca Long, Ros Galloway, Steph Fleming, Susan Culver, Morven Murray, Ciara Chionneain, Ann Cooper and Jen Harris.

Replacements: Sharon Forsyth, Anna MacFarline, Marie Penman, Ivanna McConnell and Lauren MacArthur.

Ayr team: Ann Marie Connelly; Phoebe McDowell, Daryl Paterson, Laura Turner, Emily Irving; Laura McTaggart, Niamh Durnan; Louise McLauchan, Amy McGillvary, Gemma Swankie, Ashleigh Nelson, Ruth Barclay Paterson, Laura Sommerville, Claire McGill and Lisa Croniken.

Replacements: Megan Thomson, Sarah Smith, Lyndsey Dick, Lynda Morgan, Zoe Montgomerie, Kirstin Daly and Lisa Main.