A youthful Galwegians Juniors featuring six Under20s out back and five in the pack, combined to produce a clinical second-half demolition of city neighbours Corinthians in the Heineken Connacht Junior Cup on Sunday.

In a 25-6 performance described by some Glenina rugby pundits as “mature, belying their age”, the youngsters combined for a disciplined, forward-oriented and ambitious campaign after a tight 9-0 first half. What Corinthians lacked at set-piece time they more than made up for in defence.

Galwegians, with a wealth of possession, failed to cross the Corinthians line relying instead on outhalf Darragh Leader’s goalkicking for scoreboard ascendancy. The “Old Guard” of Dave O’Hara (lock) and Jason East (number-eight) used their senior rugby experience to control many of the breakdowns.ohara

In a desperate attempt to deny the hosts a try on the cusp of halftime, Corinthians surrendered another three points and a man to the bin. While dominance continued for ‘Wegians in the second spell, Corinthians rallied with 14 and again pulled out all the stops to prevent a touchdown, Leader managing a fourth penalty in the third quarter. Pushing the boundaries to the limit incurred another yellow for the visitors and a fifth three-pointer for Galwegians.

Down 15-nil, Corinthians found another gear altogether and forged a tract through blue tacklers downfield. Aidan O’Sullivan, for Galwegians, got himself a ticking-off from the referee and 10minutes to reflect on his transgression. Corinthians managed what Galwegians failed to do and touched down under the bar to even the ledger slightly 7-15 in arrears.

hookerIt proved the bee in the sky-blue bonnet however and Galwegians launched a counter-offensive to set up a try for hooker Calum O’Connell. It was the rake’s third in as many games, all scored within an arm’s reach of each other earning the sacred patch the moniker “Calum’s Corner”. Leader struck a superb conversion and closed out his 20-point personal haul with a penalty at the finish.


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