Ballinasloe gave themselves a lifeline for a top four league finish with this 22pts to nil win over Dunmore at Ballinasloe on Sunday. After two recent defeats they were glad to be back on the winners rostrum but they made heavy weather of winning a game that slightly flattered them on the scoreboard.Dunmore were game and workmanlike but did not create too many scoring chances while Ballinasloe, in contrast, did show more initiative, if only in spurts, and were composed when scoring opportunities arose.Dunmore were the more dominant force in the opening exchanges and had Ballinasloe pinned back in their own half for a long stretch. However, only two long range penalty misses was all they had to show for their efforts. Ballinasloe went ahead after thirteen minutes when Dunmore were penalised for a ruck infringement and Alan Naughton landed the penalty from thirty metres.The visitos again pushed forward before Ballinasloe exerted themselves after twenty eight minutes when a Tommy Dolan charge lead to some frantic action  in front of the Dunmore posts, the ball was played left and
no.8 Mark Harrigan burrowed his way over for a try in the corner. Alan Naughton landed a fine conversion from the touchline. This closed the scoring action for the first half with the locals 12pts to the good.

The second period was only seven minutes old when Ballinasloe full back, Mike Colohan, put up a high garryowen that was fumbled by a Dunmore defender. The ball broke kindly for Ballinasloe and Cian Loughrey went in for a try with an overlap outside. Naughton completed the goal with a well struck conversion. Dunmore still did not lie down and made the locals fight for anything they were going to get. With sixty five minutes on the clock and Dunmore in an attacking position on the Ballinasloe 22, JJ Carey stole the ball from the ruck and made good headway towards the half way line. Keelin Headd provided the
support link and with the   local pack mauling towards the Dunmore
line, Mark Harrigan went over for his second try of the afternoon and his sides third. The conversion was missed. Ballinasloe now sensed that a bonus point was on the offing and went after it with gusto.
However, a combination of some frenetic play and refereeing calls that didn’t go their way thwarted their efforts. The fact that they had two players in the sin bin, one in each half, may have not helped their cause either.
Ballinasloe are still in with a chance of finishing in the top four.
However, their fate is not now in their own hands. Even two bonus point wins in their final two games, away to Portumna and Connemara, will not guarantee the desired finish and they will still be looking for results from other venues to fall favourably for them.
Ballinasloe: M.Colohan, A.Naughton, C.Loughrey, R.Shepherd, M.Gibbons, G.Hogan, S.Daly, J.J. Carey, A.O’Hara(capt), T.Dolan, H.Reynolds, K.Dolan, K.Headd, M.Harrigan, A.Doorley. Replacements: K.Hogarty, A.Wade, Elsewhere, Ballinasloe’s U17s were defeated by Sligo in the semi final of theU17 league at Strandhill on Sunday on the score of 32pts to 7.
Despite the scoreline, Ballinasloe played some clever running rugby but found it difficult to come to terms with the greater physique of the Sligo outfit. Eoin Treacy went over for Ballinasloe,s try that was converted by Sean Coughlan.

Meanwhile, Ballinasloe seconds had a welcome outing away to Galweigans on Saturday after some weeks of forced inactivity.
The locals prevailed in a keenly fought game.

The U16s had a 15pts to 8 victory over a fancied Galweigans team in their league meeting in Ballinasloe on Saturday morning.



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