BALLINASLOE 28  0 CARRICK on SHANNON.

Ballinasloe got the league win they badley needed in this Div 1B re-fixture against Carrick at Moher on Saturday night. The cornerstone for this victory was a dominant pack that bossed the set pieces and drove forward with intent giving the visitors little chance to express themselves. Carrick’s stern defence fought manfully but were overwhelmed by the end and conceded five tries in the process. Ballinasloe were slow off the blocks and had plenty of possession from the start but a lack of cohesion and solid defence by the visitors combined to keep the scoreboard blank. They made the breakthrough after twenty minutes when right winger Alan Naughton went over in the corner for the opening try following a scrum. No. 8, Mark Harrigan doubled the score seven minutes later when he burrowed in for his try in the opposite corner. Another five minutes and Ballinasloe got their third try which illustrated their forward dominance. The homeside had a lineout on the Carrick 22 metre line; an accurate throw from  Andy O’Hara found Aidan Doorley jumping at 4 in the line. The pack took the ball in and mauled powerfully  over the Carrick line for a try with that man Doorley being the last man up with the ball. The half time whistle had the hosts comfortably ahead by 15pts. Second half tries, the first from Joe Dunne in the 52nd minute secured the bonus point for scoring four trys with replacement flanker, Alan Wade, adding his effort ten minutes from time. Between scores, Carrick’s Kevin Coffey was unfortunate to see his long range penalty effort come back off the upright. This was the closest that the visitors came to scoring on the night. It was rather ironic that Ballinasloe, having drawn a blank with pots at goal all night, landed a penalty with the last action of the match courtesy of full back Mike Colohan. This win will give confidence to the camp as they face into crucial fixtures against Ballyhaunis and Dunmore in the coming weeks. Ballinasloe: .Colohan(full back), A.Naughton, L.Feerick, J.Dunne, I.Loughrey, G.Hogan, S.Daly, J.J.Carey, A.O’Hara(capt.) T.Dolan, H.Reynolds, K.Dolan, K.Hogarty, M.Harrigan, A.Doorley. Replacements: A.Wade for K.Hogarty, M.Gibbons for G.Hogan,  .Moloney for T.Dolan.

Ballinasloe’s second XV showed improved form from last week’s defeat to OLBC when they went down by 19pts to 5 to Galweigans in the league at home. The visitors dominated the opening exchanges before the locals slowly played their way into the game. The city side lead by 7pts at the break before adding another try early in the second half. Ballinasloe were  fighting hard when they pulled a try back. They were coming out on top in this battle when Galweigans broke out from the Ballinasloe 22 to score a converted try in the late stages. Ballinasloe’s U19s had a confidence boosting win over Buccaneers in their league on Sunday on the scoreline of 29pts to 7 while the U14s triumphed by a large margin in their fixture with Monivea.

LIAM COURTNEY
PRO BALLINASLOE RFC

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