Boys Club’s crown princes emulated their premier colleagues on Sunday chasing up the club’s April 15 Cawley Cup win with the 2012 Ard na Cregg, 10-7 over Corinthians on the N17.

It was the club’s first Ard na Cregg in over 35 years, despite near-perennial successes in league competitions.

Corinthians opened the scoring four minutes in which bode well for a cricket score-in-the-making.

Boys Club, having struck difficulty mid-season against Sunday’s quarry eke-ing out a 10-all draw, hunkered down into the wind for the long haul.

They managed a penalty before the break and opened the second half 7-3 down. Centre Jonathan Curran broke through early and fed fullback Noel Farragher, Curran – ever on the job – took the return pass and made short work of the 30m between he and posts.

Scrumhalf Dan McManus, successful with the penalty in the first half, added two more to his personal tally with the conversion and Boys Club led with 32 to go, 10-7.

Corinthians’ Mike Roche, so dangerous at nine in the first half, moved to 10 for much of the second. And while he continued to cause problems directing traffic, Boys Club heavies Pete Small and Martin Hughes found greater latitude at the breakdown to disrupt the hosts’ distribution.

Former Ballina boy Dave White, as stand-in outhalf stood up throughout. A flanker by trade, his nose for a gap yielded no points but locked in several Corinthian defenders off set-piece and allowed little opportunity for the Cloonacauneen loosies to operate beyond the 10channel.

After an against-the-odds capitulation to a rampant Albert Lane-led Tuam in the Junior2 league final, OLBC atoned for any previous shortfall on Sunday. Corinthians with the benefit of a home track, managed to set the scene for a walkover and fired several promising shots after their furious opening salvo.

Boys Club, however, wore the lot and returned them with interest.

Connacht rugby pundit Tom Moran, sideline for the match, said despite relatively few scores it was a scintillating affair as entertaining as any televised fixture this winter.


Gallery: HT minis – Ballinrobe, Ballyhaunis, Corinthians and Dunmore