Our Lady’s Boys Club went two-from-two in the Connacht J1A league on Sunday to top the table after a torrid tussle with Tuam.

While the 14-6 scoreline flattered the College Road hosts, the result fell in line with the game’s tide albeit barely given Tuam led at the break. Like last week’s effort against Ballinasloe, Boys Club saved its best for last and the final 15 was again a tip of the hat from the Ambrose Conboy-coached complement.

Tuam posted first points through a penalty – albeit after an early miss from 44m out. Club kicker and co-captain Dave Prior too fell short minutes later with a penalty attempt halfway through the first 40.

Prior, fellow midfielder Conor Mulligan and workhorse 14 Eamonn Dowling all went close to the tryline late in the first but wayward passes and an inability to retain tackled ball meant points never came.

Tuam by contrast, relied on individual talent to make headway. In concert, nothing really clicked. As individuals however, several N17ers found space from nothing and exploited it time and again. Dowling was again to the fore defensively as was young fullback Cian Hynes whose last-gasp efforts close to OLBC’s line snuffed out three or four promising Tuam attempts.

The second half opened in Boys Club’s favour, Dowling fielding a Tuam high-ball three metres his side of halfway, beating two would be tacklers, drawing a third and finding Mulligan lurking at left on the 22m. In what was Tuam’s only uncharacteristic lapse, Mulligan spun and bust his way through four attempts from about 18m out to crash over just right of the sticks. Prior made no mistake with the conversion.

Tuam lost one to a card 12minutes in and Boys Club did the same as soon as he returned, but the game was far more a side-to-side affair throughout the middle of the second spell until the host’s launched a formidable assault with 10minutes to go.

Tuam were able, but suffering and surrendering inch by painful inch. Bizarrely, the final try was an all-too-amateur handling error in their own in-goal where Mulligan flopped unceremoniously on the ball for his second. Prior dead-on again for 14-6.

Boys Club meet Castlebar in Mayo next week, Castlebar are one from two with a week one win over Connemara and a 3-17 loss to Westport on Saturday.

Luke O’Donnell


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