Junior Division League 1

Ballinasloe RFC   20    vs     OLBC RFC   28

The first half started with a number of missed tackles resulting in a try for Ballinasloe, which was duly converted. Club hit back with a series of long ball passes. Ballinasloe, as Cooke passed to Faherty, illegally thwarted a certain try. Club were rightly awarded a penalty try successfully converted by Ciaran Coyle.

With a quick penalty taken for Ballinasloe’s holding on saw club up in their half and pressurising the line but coming up just short with a knock-on. Ballinasloe’s defence held strong and back in Club territory. Lineout ball resulting in a try with Club’s defence pushed back over the line. A missed conversion left the score at 15-7.

Boys’ Club started strongly in the second half but giving away 3 penalties saw the position reversed with Ballinasloe threatening Club line. Once again missed tackles saw Ballinasloe score a try but unable to capitalise with the conversion.

With the score at 20-7 Boys’ Club needed points and with Greg Faherty able to take a quick penalty, he ran the ball from the halfway line to place it almost under the posts, giving Coyle an easy conversion.

A healthier score-line saw Boys’ Club in the Ballinasloe half and again challenging the try line with the ball out to Liam Curran who drove it over. With the try converted Club for the first time edged into the lead 20-21.

Ballinasloe fought back but Club held strong and managed to steal the ball from the lineout. Great rucking lead to a try by Damien Connors, which was once again consistently converted by Coyle. The last minutes of the half finsished with a knocked down penalty kick for Club leaving the final score at 20-28 to Boys’ Club.

Boys’ Club will be happy to come away with the win especially with so many first team players missing this week. Next Sunday’s home game against Sligo will be an interesting encounter. Kick off 2.30 at the Sportsground.

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