By Michael Silke

BUCCANEERS SECONDS made a quick return to winning ways when they outpointed Corrib 45-15 in a lively Connacht Junior 1B League encounter in Headford on Sunday. Conditions were blustery but dry as Buccs put in their most cohesive performance in the league to date to secure a bonus point victory.

This was a much improved, collective effort by Buccs despite having eight changes from last week. There was much better unison in their endeavours with the backs looking lively and the pack putting in lots of hard graft. Although facing the elements, Buccaneers took the game by the scruff of the neck from the kick off and put themselves in a strong position by half-time when they led 19-9. Sean Byrne set them on their way when finishing off good work by the pack for the opening try. Mossy Turley also barged over for a try and David Fagan, playing impressively at fly-half, notched the third try.

Ray O’Reilly grabbed a brace of tries in the second half and his half-back partner Fagan helped himself to a second try as well as contributing three conversions and a hat-trick of penalties. In a fine, lively encounter, Buccs win gets their momentum going again. Deccie Byrne, Brian Walsh and Sean Flynn were other backs to do well as did props Trevor Thompson (who put in a lot of big hits) and Saba Meunargia (who made some great carries). Nidge Flynn and Brendan Fagan also made busy contributions in the forwards exchanges and Buccs next look forward to a Junior Cup showdown away to Ballinasloe the weekend before Christmas.       

BUCCANEERS:- D.Byrne; N.Purcell, S.Flynn, B.Walsh, G.Fallon; D.Fagan, R.O’Reilly; T.Thompson, R.Grenham, S.Meunargia; T.Turley, S.Byrne; N.Flynn, P.Hennessy and B.Fagan.  Replacements:- K.Grehan, J.Lopez, L.Doran and L.Didebashvilli.


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