The U-14’s progressed to the semi- final of the Connacht Cup with a comprehensive win against a well fancied Galway Bay outfit in Dangan on Sunday. Indeed the Galway side had beaten Creggs in the previous round while Buccs had been held to a draw in Creggs in the league. Buccs missed a penalty early on but scored a sniper’s try through Hugo McGowan and another through Phillip Finnan. Neither were converted and the home team scored after some insipid Buccs tackling. Buccs scored again just before the half time whistle and again after the critical half time break.
Inspired by flanker Reuben Colleran, Buccs played some lovely running rugby throughout the second half and scored some well worked tries before the final whistle with Andrew Cotton pulling the strings at outhalf. Evin Claffey scored an historic try but player of the match Nathan Kelly scored a hat-trick with Darragh Glennon rock solid at 13. Buccs gave a debut to recently arrived Vlad Bousterac, the first Ukrainian to play for the club where he will be a very welcome addition.
BUCCANEERS:- C West, J Kelly, J Ryan, E Claffey, P Bourke, V Bousterac, T Coleman, D Cleary, R Colleran, R Dolan, R Nagle, N Kelly, S Byrne, S Nugent, H McGowan, A Cotton, O Egan, P Finnan, D Glennon, J Bourke, L Mindro and O O’Donoghue(captain).
The U-17’s played a much needed friendly against Newbridge on Sunday. After conceding 50 points against Shannon, albeit scoring over 30, it was essential Buccs had a stronger performance this week. Playing some excellent rugby this talented group enjoyed one of their best performances with backs and forwards combining on numerous occasions to score some lovely tries to give Buccs a 37-17 win over a strong Newbridge outfit. Best for Buccs were Donnacha Connolly and Josh McCormack in the backs and Paddy Egan, Sean Rohan and Gabriel Murphy in the forwards. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Brian Mulvihill.
Lots of underage teams in Cup action this weekend and we wish them continued success!