BUCCANEERS SECONDS finally hit the form they are capable of to inflict a crushing 83-0 defeat on struggling Monivea in their Connacht Junior 1A League game played on the main pitch at Dubarry Park on Sunday. On a bright but cold afternoon, Buccs were totally dominant from start to finish against a visiting outfit that could not get any momentum.

It took the homesters some time to unlock the westerners defence before Harry Balsiger set the Pirates on their way with a 12th minute try and John Why added a second ten minutes later. The score remained 12-0 in favour of the hosts until the half-hour mark but then Buccs ran in four further tries before the interval. Mathias O’Neill got reward for his energetic breaks with the third touchdown quickly followed by tries by Rory O’Connor, Eoin O’Reilly and a second by Balsiger. Andrew Evans added 5 conversions to give Buccaneers a substantial 40-0 lead at half-time.

Buccs continued to deliver on the scoreboard with Evans getting in on the try scoring act within a minute of the change of ends. The tries continued to flow against the hapless visitors with Ross Murphy-Sweeney securing a hat-trick while O’Connor, Why and Evans added to their tally with Jimmy Curley also getting on the scoresheet to complete the rout as Buccaneers finally capitalised on the potential of their youthful squad who now move up to fifth on the league table. This was the perfect fillip ahead of the Cup campaign which commences next Sunday.

BUCCANEERS:- A.Evans; H.Balsiger, R.O’Connor, R.Teape, R.Murphy-Sweeney; J.Why, E.O’Reilly; J.Kelly (captain), E.Gallagher, C.Fokam; F.McDonnell, C.Morrissey; B.Fagan, M.O’Neill and R.O’Meara. Replacements used:- Cian Daly, K.Egan, T.Curley, Colin Daly, C.Rooney-Digan, K.Connolly and T.McGann.

Referee:- Cathal Roddy (Connacht)