Heroic defence seals deal for Mayo boys after McCormick's key score
Ballina U-16 7 Buccaneers U-16 0
Ballina edged a tense encounter at the Sportsground on Sunday to claim victory over Buccaneers in the U-16 - the first of back-to-back deciders between the clubs.
Buccaneers started the brighter, gaining a firm foothold in the Ballina half through aggressive rucking and some clever backline moves.
The Ballina defence stood their ground, however, and with a stiff breeze behind them, hoofed the ball down-field and when the Buccs backline failed to deal with the bounce, Ballina out-half Craig McCormick was on hand to collect and race over the try line for the game's only score.
Buccaneers had plenty of possession and territory in the second half but the Mayo boys put in a heroic defensive effort to keep them out.
Ballina - Fionn Finlay (capt), Billy McVann, James Walsh, Conor Boyce, William Stevens, Matthew Cribben, Sean Treacy, Christopher Healy, Eoin Hallinan, Bradley Nealon, Niall McNulty, Adam McAndrew, Jack Shakeshaft, Craig McCormick, Oliver Feeney, Gerard McKenna, Michael Collins, Jack Duffy, Derry Quinn, Sean O'Flaherty-Falconer, David Morin
Buccaneers - James Downes, Darren Browne, Liam Doyle, Conor Clark, Liam Winnett, Fergus Galvin, Mathias O'Neill, Rory Dempsey, Adam Murtagh, Daniel Ennis, Dara Mulvihill, Neil Clinton, Nathan Horan, Roan Wheatley Byrne, Cathal O'Grady, James Finlass, Mark Tallon, Tadhg Moody, Shane Coughlan, Conor Rohan, Patrick Ryan.