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Buccaneers U14 Sharks progress to the Cup Final with a hard fought win over Creggs

published:Apr  13   2015

Buccaneers 12 - Creggs 5 - Saturday April 11th, 2015.

The game was played under lights on the main pitch in Dubarry Park. The sun was setting on what was the end to a fantastic week of good weather and the setting was perfect for two teams who entered the game with real commitment and passion both striving to make it to a Connacht Cup final.  The game reflected both teams commitment and dedication which was a hard fought affair with no inch given.

Darragh Murray delivered a captains performance and led by example continually breaking the gain line and giving the Sharks that required forward momentum and when called upon was a colossus in defence which helped inspire those around him.

The team was clearly up for the gamewith both centres Conor Larkin and Jack Scouler now forming a solid partnership and were excellent in both defence and attack.

 The pack were strong putting in some big early hits and setting the tone for things to comewith a special mention to Michael Lynch who does alot work inside that is not always seen but makes such a difference in tight games like this. Our big men Robert Muldoon and Martin Fallon stood up tall and strong to what was a hard hitting forwards battle.

 Buccaneers edged the first 15 minutes running in two try's the first from a flowing move through the back row allowing Paddy Lynch to go over in the cornerwith the conversion was narrowly missed.

 The second came from strong forward play with Evan Gallagher, Dean Buckley, Kevin Horan and Rory Campion making excellent groundwhere the ball was fed to Darragh Murray who powered over the line near the posts. Leo MacFarlane confidently stepped up to secure the conversion and the Sharks led 12 to 0.

 At this point you would be forgiven for thinking that this was going to be Buccaneer’s day but Creggs had other ideas and were not giving up coming straight down the field and camped on the Sharks 22. They eventually got over for a deserved try and also got very close with the conversion just shaving the upright.  Game on score 12 to 5.

 The Sharks came close to securing a third try just before half time with Evan Slattery making a great looping run but was  tackled in to touch inches from the try linewhen the referee blew the whistle and the teams went into the break.

 Creggs played with the wind at their backs for the second period and with the score line allowing only a try and conversion to level the match, it made the second half a tense affair and Creggs came out with real determination looking to level the score.  The Pirates held firm to everything been thrown at them and the longer the game went on with the score line remaining the same, the more the tension built.

 The defensive performance by these young Buccaneers was brilliantputting in some powerful hits and were extremely aggressive at the break down and in the loose. Both fullbacks Patrick Lynch and Dean Reynolds delivered solid performances and had to deal with several high balls under pressure at different moments during the game. Michael Byrne also came in to play at out half and performed  really well linking play effectively to the back row.

 Buccs began to unload the bench to good effectwith some of the replacements coming on due to injuries received in the line of duty, Leo Macfarlane made a tremendously brave tackle 3 minutes from the end but then had to limp off and all the time the clock continued to tick towards the finish, Creggs kept seeking that equalising score but eventually the referee indicated that time was up and Buccaneers who had possession kicked the ball out of play and the celebrations began.

 It was a fantastic performance by all the team, well done to all and the very best of luck in the final.

Team:

Dean Buckley, Evan Gallagher, Kevin Horan, Robbert Mulddon, Martin Fallon, Rory Campion, Michael Lynch, Darragh Murragh, Leo MacFarlane, Michael Byrne, Evan Slattery, Jack Scouler, Conor Larkin, Patrick Lynch, Dean Reynolds.

Bench:

John Why, Ethan Connolly, Lorcan Withers, Rory Ryan, Jack Martin