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Photos and Report kindly provided by Jim Leneghan

NUIG Youth Academy overcame a very game Buccaneers Tigers team in the first round of the Connacht U14 plate competition by a score of 5-24 at Dubarry Park on Sunday 9th March. Both sides had tasted defeat in the early rounds of the cup and were hoping for victory in the plate.

With Buccaneers Sharks in action earlier that day, the Athlone lads lead by hooker Cian Daly were hoping for a double at 14s level however the NUIG lads had other ideas. NUIG winger Jamie Finnerty got within inches of the Buccs line after 12 minutes leaving space open on the opposite wing for pacy winger Dara Golden to score the first of two excellent individual tries in the first half which were supplemented by a well taken conversion by full-back Eoin O’Gorman to take the half-time score to 0-12.

After a period of sustained pressure by Buccaneers at the beginning of the second half orchestrated by outhalf Roan Byrne and centre Neil Clinton that was only contained by a fine display of tackling by NUIG centre David Burke and his back-line partners, the NUIG forwards began to gain the accendency and were eventually rewarded with a try by prop forward Matthew Collins who crashed over the line to take the score to 0-17. Buccs Tigers struck back through hard work from Robert Lowe, Oisin Rock, Daniel Ennis and the impressive Chad Quinn which culminated in a very well taken try by their left winger Tristan Buckley but just missed the conversion. 

After some very brave fielding in his own half by NUIG replacement full-back Lorcan Mulkerrins and some fine defensive rucking by Ross O’Neill and Dara Golden Buccs came off their feet. NUIG number 8 Joe Kennedy made a strong driving run from the resulting penalty sucking in several Buccs defenders and creating space for another probing run by Matthew Collins who eventually scored a second try after two further phases of good forward play. Cian Gilroy kicked a useful conversion to stretch NUIGs lead to 5-24.

Buccaneers found it difficult to overcome the deficit in the time that remained due in no small part to excellent tackling and harrassing by NUIGs Openside Flanker Dara Lenaghan. In the closing minutes of the game NUIGs No8 Joe Kennedy landed a crunching tackle on his opposite number Carl Doran who carried tirelessly all game when he seemed to be away.

After that time ran out for Buccaneers as they mounted a sustained effort to cross the NUIG line for a second time. Great tackling by Ruadhan Durkin along with some very efficient rucking by NUIGs forwards and backs kept Buccs out and the game ended with a good 25 meter break out of his own half by NUIG flanker Dara Leneghan. 

Photos courtesy of Jim Leneghan.

1. Matthew Collins
2. Hugh Devery
3. Norman Prie
4. Eoin Cahill
5. Cian McHale
6. Jack Sullivan
7. Dara Leneghan
8. Joe Kennedy
9. Ruadhan Durkin
10. Dillon Murray
12. Cian Gilroy
13. David Burke
11. Dara Golden
14. Jamie Finnerty
15. Eoin O'Gorman
16. Lorcan Mulkerrins (On at full-back after 30 mins), 17. Ross
O'Neill (came on right wing for Jamie Finnerty after 30 minutes), 18.
Jack Davoren (came on at left wing after 50 minutes), 19. Stephen Kerr
(came on at centre after 40 minutes). Other players (injured /did not
play) : Connor Cillian, Eanna Mac Gearailt, Brian O'Sullivan, Connal
Sheridan, Cillian Cleary, Cian McCann
 
Buccaneers
1.Robert Lowe
2.Cian Daly
3.Cathal O Brien
4.Kealan Connolly
5.Dara Mcmanus
6.Oisin Rock
7.John Costelo
8.Carl Doran
9.Kevin Maloney
10.Roan Byrne
11.Donnagh Prendergast
12.Neil Clinton
13.Daniel Ennis
14.Chad Quinn
15.Tristan Buckley
Replacements used:
16.Dylan Cunningham

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