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Buccaneers U13’s March on to Connacht Cup Semi-Final.

published:Mar  30   2015

Buccaneers 17-Claremorris 10

With 2 Fantastic tries, the first scored by full back Ben O’Carroll and the second a well taken interception by fly half Ruairdhi Fallon in the dying minutes of the game, secured Bucc’s a place in the Connacht Cup Semi Final against either Ballinasloe or Westport

 Strong running and great tackling were needed to put the home team to the sword. Captained by Ronan Hanley who, as always lead by example and with his pack under severe pressure due to hooker Deema Feehan getting injured at the end of the first half, he led players such as Dermot Carey, Martin Donnelly and Joseph Henson to fill this large hole. The usual suspects Shane Finerty, Sam Fogarty and Kyle Blackweir were tireless in their efforts all day. A Claremorris first half unconverted try and a successful 3 pointer from a penalty gave the home team a 10 point lead. But with great hands from number 9 Mikey Turner, the backs were able to run and fed the ball to Ben O’Carroll who used his speed and accuracy to score in the corner and up stepped the Ruairdhi Fallon, Bucc’s Number 10 for a fantastic conversion, 10-7….. Game on.

The Pirates were awarded a penalty on the home team’s 22 in the second half and again great kicking from Ruairdhi made the game tied with 15 mins left on the clock. Both teams battled hard and was a breath-taking game to watch albeit with a fair degree of nervousness  from both sets of supporters. But cometh the hour cometh the man, with great pressure from Gavin Daly and the rest of the back row the Claremorris outhalf delayed his pass and that was all the Bucc’s 10 needed, having judged the pass perfectly he managed to get his hands on the ball and get over the line and score under the posts. Converting his own try left Bucc’s with a 7 point margin and with little less than 2 mins on the clock required great defending in a manic climax to the game from the likes of Tom Shine, Natanial O’Neill, Conor Waters, Adam Burke and Luke O’Rourke’s replacement Eoghan O’Sullivan.

 A great win and a great team, final score 17-10 to Buccaneers.