Ballinasloe came up short in their Under17 league encounter against Westport at Graigueawoneen on Sunday, losing 16-5.

Ballinasloe exerted early dominance forcing Westport into error territory, but were unable to post any points. The visitors took the lead in the 25th minute scooting through lax defence for an unconverted try.

Brian Shaughnessey levelled the scores before half time when he left the Westport chasers in his wake as he raced in for a try to level the scores.

Westport played the more controlled rugby in the second half as the locals struggled to find their rhythm. The visitors scored their second try after 45 and as the locals fought back through tigerish tackling by Cathal Twohig and attacking drives from Mark Kelly, but failed to breach tight Westport defence. The Mayo side also added two penalties from 40m to rub salt into Ballinasloe wounds.

Ballinasloe now face Corinthians in a play off for a semi final berth next Sunday.

Ballinasloe’s U15s were most unfortunate to lose out 15-16 to Galwegians in their league quarter-final in Galway on Sunday.

In a close encounter, Ballinasloe acquitted themselves very well. They were about to bring home the bacon when a last-gasp penalty kick for the Galway side robbed the visitors of the spoils. Scorers for Ballinasloe were Oisin Lyons and Donnchadh Reilly (tries) with the latter landing a penalty. Hubert Darcy conversion.

(contributed)

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