BALLINASLOE 15 6 DUNMORE

Ballinasloe got back on the horse with a welcome win at home against Dunmore on Sunday following their recent losses. In so doing they gained some modicum of revenge for an earlier league defeat to the same opposition.

On a foul day that was in no way conducive to productive rugby, both sides served up an entertaining encounter with the locals just about deserving their win at the finish.

0162A closely fought opening quarter meant that we had to wait twenty four minutes for the opening score with Kealan O’Neill landing a penalty for the hosts. Minute later and they were on the board again. A fluffed kick for touch by Dunmore was gathered by Conor Johnston and the ball was passed inside to J.J.Carey before being carried on by Mark Harrigan who made the opening for a try by Conor Loughrey. O’Neill kicked the conversion for good measure.

Dunmore forced their opposition to manfully defend their try line as they tried to take the bare look off the scoreboard before the break. The visitors were reduced to fourteen men as the half time whistle was about to be blown when one of their players was yellow carded for the injudicious use of the boot at a ruck.

As the players trundled to the shed for their half time cuppa the locals were 10pts to nil in front.

Dunmore attacked strongly at the start of the second period as they sought a way back into the match but Ballinasloe were in no mood to raise a white flag. The visitors, despite strong efforts, did not look like conjuring up a try but when Stephen O’Toole slotted two penalties for them mid way through the half the winners lead looked vulnerable.

Ballinasloe did finish strongly and when scrum half, Rory Doolan, followed up his own kick ahead to touch down for a try in the corner and with only minutes remaining there was no way back for Dunmore. The conversion was missed but it hardly mattered.

BALLINASLOE: M.Tierney, M.Gibbons, C.Loughrey, K.O’Neill, C.Johnston, F.Sweeney, R.Doolan, J.J.Carey, A.O’Hara(capt), T.Dolan, K.Dolan, D.Fenton, H.Reynolds, M.Harrigan, A.Doorley. Replacements on the day: G.Donnellan, A.Wade, J.Hayes, R.Aherne, D.Freeman.

Ballinasloe’s  second xv skippered by Benny Brophy went down to visitors Westport in their league by 8pts to nil. All the scores came in the first half.  A big effort from them in the second period was not enough and as conditions deteriorated a stronger Westport side held on for a win.

The clubs U15s continue their winning ways and had a good win over Creggs in the league while the U13s were denied a win when a late Corinthian’s score levelled their league match.

LIAM COURTNEY, PRO BALLINASLOE RFC.

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