Wednesday 28 September 2016

Battling Galwegians back on top

Published 13/11/2015 | 02:30

In Division 1B, Tuam maintained their hugely impressive start to the season as they defeated Ballyhaunis away from home (Stock image)
In Division 1B, Tuam maintained their hugely impressive start to the season as they defeated Ballyhaunis away from home (Stock image)

An exciting weekend of Connacht Junior League action saw Galwegians regain top spot in Division 1A. Galwegians took on a spirited Connemara side in Glenina on Sunday and the final scoreline of 47-26 did not do justice to the closeness of the encounter.

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That win for Galwegians combined with a home draw for Westport saw the Galway side return to the summit of the table following a one-week absence. The final score was 13-13 in Westport as Ballinasloe underlined their credentials in the top tier of Connacht Junior rugby with a battling display.

The final game in the division saw Monivea record a narrow 16-13 home win over Buccaneers. The win lifts Monivea to third place in the table as they look to build momentum in the run-up to Christmas.

In Division 1B, Tuam maintained their hugely impressive start to the season as they defeated Ballyhaunis away from home. The final scoreline read 0-12 in favour of the away side who have yet to lose a league of cup fixture this season.

Creggs, however, kept up the pressure at the top of the table by registering a bonus-point win over OLBC in Galway. The win means Creggs have won four out of five league matches this season and sit just one point behind Tuam at the top of the table due to their superior bonus point tally.

In Castlebar, NUIG defeated their hosts by a single point in an entertaining affair, NUIG eventually winning by 20-19. The final result in the division saw Loughrea register an 11-5 home victory over Sligo.

In J1C, it was the away sides that came out on top in the two games which were played. The league's top two, Ballinrobe and Dunmore, both registered important wins. Ballinrobe continued their free-scoring form to defeat Galwegians 8-54 in Crowley Park. Dunmore downed Corrib in Headford on a scoreline of 3-18.

Though it wasn't a regular round of fixtures in J2 there were three catch-up games played. Connemara got their campaign up and running with an impressive home win over Monivea. Connemara will look to build on this win as they face Carrick this weekend.

Elsewhere, Portumna made it three wins from three to replace NUIG at the top of the J2 table, Portuma winning 36-10 against Ballina. In Westport, Corinthians picked up a narrow win beating their hosts by a single point.

this week's Results - J1A: Galwegians 47 Connemara 26; Monivea 16 Buccaneers 13; Westport 13 Ballinasloe 13. J1B: Ballyhaunis 0 Tuam 12; Castlebar 19 NUIG 20; Loughrea 11 Sligo 5; OLBC 10 Creggs 36. J1C: Corrib 3 Dunmore 18; Galwegians 8 Ballinrobe 54. J2: Connemara 23 Monivea 14; Portumna 36 Ballina 10; Westport 19 Corinthians 20

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