Wegians off the mark with bonus point win

Galwegians Jack Dinneen is tackled by UCC's Charlie O'Regan and Conor  Barry in action from the Ulster Bank, AIL Division 1A game at Crowley Park on Saturady. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

Galwegians Jack Dinneen is tackled by UCC's Charlie O'Regan and Conor Barry in action from the Ulster Bank, AIL Division 1A game at Crowley Park on Saturady. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

Galwegians followed up an opening season loss with a bonus point 31-14 victory at home to UCC on Saturday in their Ulster Bank All-Ireland League division 1B campaign.

Wegians overcame a poor start as the students raced into a 6-0 lead after only four minutes, and then added a try from left-wing Cillian Ansbro for an 11-0 lead. However the home side's senior players steadied the ship, and a try from Terenure recruit Matthew Byrne converted by outhalf Mitch Lam reduced the gap to 11-7.

Athough both Byrne and Jason East were replaced through injury, Wegians took a 12-11 half-time when centre Cormac Brennan sold a dummy to his opposite number and crossed on the right for a second try.

Wegians wasted no time in stretching their lead from a Lam block down, and following some patient backline play, hooker Jack Dinneen finished off, with Lam tapping over the extras to make it 19-11.

Although UCC reduced the arrears with a third penalty, the home side continued to dominate. Securing a fourth try and bonus point through debutant Carey, full-back Aidan Moynihan crossed in the right corner for a satisfying first home game under new coach Brian McClearn. They now travel to Cork with confidence to face Dolphin in Musgrave Park on Saturday.

Galwegians XV: A Moynihan; M Byrne, C Brennan, B Murphy (capt ), E O’Keeffe; M Lam, B Lee; J East, J Dinneen, C O’Donnell; E Tarmey, M Towey; P Hackett, J Pim, A Ryan.Subs: C Carey, J Moloney, R Moore, A McMahon, D Clarke.

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