U-20s in Connacht League decider
BUCCANEERS and Corinthians have both qualified for Premier 2 in the Leinster League but they duel at Dubarry Park on Sunday afternoon to decide top dogs in this season’s revived Connacht League. Kick-off is at 2 p.m. for what promises to be a really competitive clash with the winners being the first name on the new trophy.
Both teams readily despatched with University of Galway’s challenges and also defeated Galwegians. Buccs bonus point win against the latter was not as clearcut as the final margin indicates but Corinthians got a real scare against the light blues, who missed a last kick of the game penalty that would have earned the Glenina team victory.
Buccs must make home advantage pay and new coaches David McAllister and Joe Walsh will be pulling out all the stops to eliminate the needless errors that occurred too frequently at Dangan are not repeated whilst also getting the team to play what’s in front of them in a more cohesive manner. Points from placed balls must be taken at every opportunity while space out wide was spurned too often last time out. There is considerable potential in this squad that has yet to jell with many new players still settling in.
Fionn McDonnell can be counted on to lead by example in the pack where Finian Murray, Oisin Dolan, Robbie Byrne and Patrick Egan are likely starters. Kevin Maher, Jack Clarke and Andrew Quinn all vie for the flyhalf berth while Cormac Lyons, Caleb Smerdon and Yishai Avrahami are key figures in the backline. This looks like a contest not to be missed.