Monday 26 June 2017

Buccs on top as 'Wegians lose

Galwegians have still only won once in the Ulster Bank League Division 1B this season, and last weekend's 35-34 defeat at home to Ballymena in Crowley Park did little to lift the spirits either (stock picture)
Galwegians have still only won once in the Ulster Bank League Division 1B this season, and last weekend's 35-34 defeat at home to Ballymena in Crowley Park did little to lift the spirits either (stock picture)

Daragh Small

Galwegians have still only won once in the Ulster Bank League Division 1B this season, and last weekend's 35-34 defeat at home to Ballymena in Crowley Park did little to lift the spirits either

Marc Kelly, Cormac Brennan, Brian Murphy, Matt Quinn and Aidan Moynihan all touched down for the hosts, but amazingly they succumbed to their sixth defeat from seven this season and they remain in eighth place in the standings.

But Galwegians had led 12-0 in that game, and 19-10 at half-time, before a huge penalty count cost them. Matt Quinn scored their bonus-point try, and Mitch Lam converted Aidan Moynihan's effort as they led 31-27. Lam's late penalty gave them a 34-32 lead but a Ritchie McMaster penalty sealed it for the visitors in a cruel finish.

The Galway city side are way off the pace that is currently being set by Brett Wilkinson's Buccaneers, who have blazed a trail this season and scored a stunning 49 points for the second week running in their victory away to Old Wesley.

The Dublin outfit were just one point off the pace going into the game, but Buccaneers were far too good once again, and Jordan Conroy, Eoghan O'Reilly, Cian Romaine, Evan Galvin, Shane Layden and Shane O'Leary all touched down in this dominant win at Donnybrook.

Corinthians fell all the way to eighth in Division 2A after last weekend's poor 28-6 defeat at the hands of table-toppers Nenagh Ormond at New Ormond Park.

And in Division 2C Sligo's great run ended when they lost 22-20 at home to Midleton at Hamilton Park. And despite the bonus point that they picked up, they are now sixth in the table, but there is still plenty to play for.

Irish Independent

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