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BUCCS win Connacht U-15 Development League

published:Mar  05   2018



BUCCANEERS triumphed over Galwegians by 22-10 in the final of the Connacht U-15 Development League. A midweek toss of a coin gave the young Pirates home advantage for this decider and they also made the most of playing on the main pitch at Dubarry Park.


Both teams tried to dominate and stamp their authority from the start. Impressive command and control from David Colgan and Charlie Kennedy throughout pushed Buccs consistently forward. Early breaks by Peter Mulvihill and skipper James Connolly pinned Wegians inside their half. The home front row trio of Hugh Cunniffe, Nathan Duffy and Ewan Murphy were very aggressive at the breakdown, causing the visitors problems all over the pitch.


Fionn McDonnell and Rory Kilgarriff lorded the lineouts, securing quality ball to stage Buccs attacks. From one of these a multiple phase attack yielded the first try, scored by John Dillon-O’Shea and converted by Colgan. Then enterprising play from the backline by Martin O’Grady, Adam Donovan, Brendan Costello and Thomas O’Brien, who broke from midlfield, fell just short of the try line. However, great energy by Mulvihill saw him crash over for Buccaneers second try and a 12-0 lead. Galwegians hit back with a fantastic try just before the interval when Brendan Costello was yellow carded to narrow their arrears to 12-5 at half-time.


Buccs responded to the pressure and their midfield stepped up to the challenge. A terrific Donovan break aided by a dummy run from Alex Grinko earned the homesters their third try touched down by O’Brien. The westerners rallied and looked like scoring a try but resilient home winger Paul Maloney stood firm. The Athlone side then sealed victory when turnover ball gave Donovan a chance he was not going to refuse to score Buccs fourth try.


Galwegians continued to battle and scored a late consolation try to complete the 22-10 scoreline. Sean Kelly put in a great shift for the victors with his strong carries getting over the gain line. Another replacement Thiago Costa, playing only for the third time, and debutant Prefima Blessing also caught the eye for the worthy winners.


BUCCANEERS:- James Connolly (captain), Peter Mulvihill, Adam Donovan, Martin O’Grady, Thomas O’Brien, Nathan Duffy, Fionn McDonnell, Rory Kilgarriff, John Dillon-O’Shea, Paul Maloney, Alex Grinko, David Colgan, Charlie Kennedy, Brendan Costello, Sean Kelly, Hugh Cunniffe, Ewan Murphy, Thiago Costa and Prefima Blessing.