Tuesday 23 January 2018

Galwegians and Sligo off to fliers

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Daragh Small

Buccaneers will look to claim their first win of the season this weekend when they travel to take on Garryowen at Dooradoyle on Saturday.

Buccaneers returned to the top tier for the first time in ten years last weekend but they came unstuck at home against a powerful Lansdowne outfit at Dubarry Park.

Lansdowne held a narrow 3-0 half-time lead and despite Conor McKeon's second-half effort, four penalties from Scott Deasy and a converted Charlie Rock try ensured that Buccaneers didn't even secure a bonus point in defeat.

Buccaneers are seventh in the standings, one point and one place behind this weekend's opponents - Garryowen lost 13-7 away to St Mary's College in Templeville Road.

Galwegians made the perfect start to their Division 2A campaign last weekend and they will look to double up on that result with victory over City of Armagh at Crowley Park tomorrow.

Galwegians were 26-19 winners away to Cashel at Spafield in Round 1 but they face a City of Armagh team who also succeeded on the opening weekend - they beat Greystones in Palace Grounds.

Also in Division 2A, Corinthians are looking for their first win of the season against Greystones at Dr Hickey Park. Corinthians had a poor start to their campaign, with a 25-18 defeat at home against Queen's University in Corinthian Park.

In the bottom tier Sligo continued their brilliant form from last season into 2017-18 with a 13-12 win over Thomond at Liam Fitzgerald Park.

Sligo just missed out on promotion from Division 2C last term and they will be looking for their second win against an in-form Malahide side at home in Hamilton Park this weekend.

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