Ballina edged out a tense encounter at the Sportsground on Sunday to claim victory over Buccaneers in the U16 Cup final. Buccaneers started the brighter of the two sides, gaining a firm foothold in the Ballina half through aggressive rucking and some clever backline attack 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’s outhalf craig McCormick was on hand to collect and race over the try line for the games only converted score.
Buccaneers had plenty of possession and territory in the second half but Ballina put in a heroic defensive effort and held the Athlone based outfit scoreless to lift the cup at the final whistle. The final score Ballina 7 – 0 Buccaneers
Ballina:
Fionn Finlay ©, Billy McVann, James Walsh, Conor Boyce, William Stevens, Mtthew 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

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