Buccaneers U-14’s played two games at the weekend. On Saturday they travelled to Tullamore to play a strong local side in good conditions. Buccs were under pressure from the start but defended well until the home full back cut back against the grain to score in the corner. The young Pirates came back with Nathan Kelly to the fore and it was the big No.8 who scored under the posts. Tullamore scored next and again it was out on the wing to leave the score 10-7 at half time. Buccs used the wind shrewdly in the second half with Darragh Glennon kicking the team down into home territory time and again and good tackling by the returning Owen Egan, Jacob Bourke and Ruairi Dolan keeping the opposition pinned back. But it was the hard-working Kelly who got the scores. Buccs were on top and super tackling by Hugo McGowan and captain Rueben Colleran snuffed out any hopes of a home revival. Ciaran West burst through the front of a lineout and plunged over for an opportunistic try with Glennon completing a superb personal performance with a penalty to leave the final score at 22-10 to the Athlone boys.
Their second game was against Dunmore on Sunday in Dubarry Park. Buccs started strongly and continued to score freely throughout the game. Donnacha Dullea was particularly conspicuous over the ball winning countless turnovers while Evan Claffey made several bullocking charges, aided and abetted by Tadgh Coleman and Cathal Brazil. In the backs Alex Connors, Senan Nugent and Mikey Sammon continue their upward curve.
BUCCANEERS:- C West, D Dullea, D Cleary, J Ryan, E Claffey, P Bourke, T Coleman, R Dolan, R Colleran. N Kelly, Gonzalo, F Byrne, H McGowan, O Egan, N Stewart, A Connors, D Glennon, J Bourke, S Nugent, H Hannon, M Sammon and C Brazil.