Ballinasloe had a welcome win away to Dunmore in the Junior league on Sunday last on the scoreline of  20pts to 10. After some close losses in their

campaign to date, Sunday’s hard fought victory should be the boost they need to finish their league programme on a high. A workmanlike and determined

performance showed that with a little luck earlier in the season they could now be filling one of the top spots in the table.

Ballinasloe have had a penchant for finishing their matches strongly this term but without being able to garner the scores to clinch vital wins. However,

this trend was turned on its head on Sunday when they scored 15 unanswered points in the last eight minutes. In the 72nd. minute they opted to run a

penalty and No8, Mark Harrigan, lead the charge over the line for a try that was not converted. Two minutes later they slotted a penalty when the locals

were pinged for not releasing after the tackle. They were still not finished and prop, J.J. Carey, burrowed his way over for a try just before the end for a

try with the conversion being added.

Earlier, in the first half Dunmore took an early lead with a Mark Coen penalty but half way through Ballinasloe replied with a try when they mauled their

way over with the honours going to Kevin Dolan to lead by 2pts at the interval. In the 62nd.minute some sloppy defensive play by Ballinasloe allowed

Dunmore’s Jason Ronayne to slip in for a try with Coen adding the conversion. Then followed the visitors late rally for their win.

 

 

In age grade categories, Ballinasloe’s U16s had a narrow but deserved one point win over Corinthians, 10pts to 9, in their league and have now

qualified for the final. Meanwhile, the U14s lost out to Corinthians in their fixture.

 

LIAM COURTNEY

PRO BALLINASLOE RFC

 

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