Ballinasloe RFC news 18.10.11.
BALLINASLOE   17    0  NUIG.                

 Ballinasloe continued in their rich vein of form with a 17pts to nil victory over NUIG in this Junior 1B league fixture at Graigueawoneen on Saturday night. Unbeaten in the league to date, they put in another stern performance to overcome the tenacious students in an entertaining game. Ballinasloe’s Director of Rugby, Noel Mannion, gave four players their first league outings of the season and they repaid his faith in them with aplomb.

The locals, with the bigger pack, dominated proceedings for the greater part but had to be constantly on the alert as they could have easily been punished at times by speedy student breakaways. They took the lead after 10mins. when hooker Andy O’Hara touched down for a try that was not converted. Ballinasloe’s usually reliable kicker, Robert O’Byrne, had an off night from the tee but he more than compensated with the way he marshalled his backs and managed the game for the homeside.  They probably should have had at least two more tries before the break but hard work in defence from the students kept them at bay. Five nil at half time scarcely reflected Ballinasloe’s first half superiority.                                                                                                                    

The second period had much a similar theme to the first with the locals to the fore and the students beavering away for that breakaway that could lead them to the tryline for the score that might open up the game for them. Unfortunately for College the game was put beyond their reach in the 65th minute when full back Darragh Burke ran in a try and a come back from 10pts down looked beyond their capacity. Ballinasloe now emptied their bench and it was replacement scrum half, Jamie Kelly, who went over for their third try with Robert O’Byrne adding the conversion on this occasion.          

BALLINASLOE: D.Burke, C.Loughrey, L.Feerick, C.Brophy, S.Hyde, R.O’Byrne, R.Shepherd, E.Courtney, A.O’Hara(capt), T.Dolan, D.Fenton, N.Staunton, M.Harrigan, C.Headd, R.Wakefield. Replacements: H.Reynolds, J.J.Carey, J.Dunne, J.Kelly, A.Wade.

Under 17 league     BALLINASLOE  15   5  SLIGO.                                                                                            

Ballinasloe had to withstand a strong opening by Sligo before going on to take the honours in this combative league fixture at Ballinasloe on Sunday morning. Some solid defence by the homeside denied the visitors any score from their early pressure. The locals made the most of their first real foray inside the Sligo 22metre line; following a strong break by Jack Codyre, the visitors were penalised for off side and Ian Duffy slotted the penalty for the half’s only score.                              

Sligo took the lead early in the second period with a try before Ballinasloe went back in front with a Peter Claffey try after 40 minutes. A brief but unseemly fracas broke out midway through the half and the referee correctly saw it fit to furnish the red card to three players for their pugilistic skills; one from Ballinasloe and two from Sligo. The hosts finished the game strongly with Brian O’Shaughnessy sprinting 70 metres to touch down for a try that was converted by Ian Duffy.     

BALLINASLOE: B.O’Shaughnessy, P.Flannery, C.Dooley, C.Barrett, A.Mannion, I.Duffy, S.Tierney, D.O’Hara, S.Lyons, P.Gilson, F.Holland, P.Claffey, M.Kelly, J.Codyre, C.Twohig. Replacements: J.Harwood, K.Flynn, C.Noone, R.Hynes, J.Madden.
Elsewhere, Ballinasloe second xv lost away to OLBC in their league game on Sunday by 17pts to 5 with Jamie Kelly scoring a fine try for the losers. The U15s travelled to Sligo for their league match and though understrength on the day put in a worthy performance before going down to the hosts.
LIAM COURTNEY ,PRO BALLINASLOE RFC.                                                                                                                                                       


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