Ballinasloe gave themselves a great chance of qualifying for the new league division next season following their triumph over Portumna at the Shannon Oaks pitch on Sunday by 16pts to 5. The locals proved a stubborn outfit and made their opponents fight diligently for their win.
Portumna, though playing against the considerable breeze in the first half, drew first blood when going in for an early try.
Ballinasloe were finding it hard to make any headway but they pulled 3pts back before the break when Alan Naughton landed a penalty. The omens looked good for the locals at half time when they went in 2pts to the good and the wind to their backs for the second period.
However, it was Ballinasloe who made most of the running in the second half and went ahead shortly after the turnover when Naughton kicked his second penalty. Portumna must rue not being able to use the wind to their advantage while the visitors grew in confidence as the half progressed. A sortie into the Portumna 22metre line lead to Richie Shepherd touching down for a try after 65minutes which was not converted. Ballinasloe now began to shut out the game and a late try by John Hayes was the icing on the cake. This game also covered for the first round of the Junior Cup so you could say that Ballinasloe had two wins on the same afternoon.
Ballinasloe’s U19s tasted defeat in their league final joust with Monivea at Tuam on Saturday. The final score 19pts to 7. This was a disappointing display by Ballinasloe who never got out of the blocks on this occasion. They have played some very fine rugby this season but, unfortunately, their form deserted them on Saturday. This is not to take from Monivea’s good showing who deserved their win on the day.

Ballinasloe lost out to Buccaneers in the U17 Cup at Athlone on Sunday on the scoreline of 17pts to 8. A try from Jack Codyre and a penalty by Danny Burns were the Ballinasloe scorers.
LIAM COURTNEY
PRO BALLINASLOE RFC

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