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Our Lady’s Boys Club 22 Buccaneers 10

published:Mar  26   2012

Rory Grenham has Rory Silke in support in this Buccaneers Thirds move against OLBCRory Grenham has Rory Silke in support in this Buccaneers Thirds move against OLBC

BUCCANEERS THIRDS pushed Our Lady’s Boys Club’s Seconds all the way in this Connacht Junior 2 League semi-final before the home side prevailed 22-10 after a well-contested battle in untypical Galway March weather on Sunday.

OLBC, who headed the league table, were fancied to repeat their recent comfortable win over Buccs and they got off to the perfect start when early pressure yielded a pushover try on the right. The conversion scrambled over and OLBC led 7-0 in as many minutes. Buccs were on the back foot for the first quarter with Daryl Smith putting in one splendid try-saving tackle before Joe Bonnar lifted the siege with a teasing break. Then neat footwork by wing Smith almost unlocked the OLBC defence on 29 minutes as the midlanders now enjoyed a better share of the exchanges.

But double disaster struck on 32 minutes with Buccs losing possession in midfield which set OLBC off on the counter attack where a stonewall knock-on was missed and the westerners made the most of their good fortune for a try on the left. Three minutes later, the referee then blew prematurely for half-time! When this was pointed out to him, play resumed but Buccs may have fared better without the additional five minutes for in the final move of the half they missed the target with their own lineout on the right. Instead OLBC won possession and moved smart ball right to left for a well-taken try that gave them a more comfortable 17-0 halftime cushion.

Buccs were more purposeful on the turnaround and Ger Fallon opened their account with a 43rd minute penalty while Darren Costello was just short with a massive penalty kick six minutes later. But OLBC replied with a 61st minute try to extend their lead to 22-3. The Pirates now unloaded their bench and, although conceding height in the pack, they tore into their opponents and Sean Flynn stormed through for a 65th minute try which Fallon converted. Another sub Mossy Turley looked to have got in for a second try just two minutes later, which would have set up a grandstand finish, but the referee deemed that he had not grounded the ball. Try as they might, Buccs just could not add to their tally and their attention must now focus on the Ard-na-Cregg Cup.

Smith, Pat Hynes, Trevor Thompson, Bonnar and Fallon were best for Buccs.

BUCCANEERS:-  J.Bonnar; D.Smith, R.Flanagan, G.Walsh, R.Silke; D.Costello, G.Fallon; T.Thompson, K.Grehan, R.Grenham; P.Hynes, G.Kenny; T.Couper, U.Radie and S.Byrne. Replacements:-  A.Daly (for Grenham, 52 mins), T.Turley (for Kenny, 54 mins), S.Flynn (for Flanagan, 57 mins), P.Rikadze (for Couper, 61 mins), C.Galvin (for Byrne, inj. 61 mins) and M.Ronson (for Silke, 57 mins).