Buccaneers Ready for Ballynahinch

Buccaneers play their penultimate home All-Ireland League Division 1B fixture on Saturday when Ballynahinch are visitors to Dubarry Park.

The action kicks off at 2.30 p.m.

Ballynahinch are level on points with second placed Malone, keen to maintain their promotion hopes while Buccaneers will be striving to continue their upward movement on the league ladder.

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The Athlone side moved out of the relegation zone and into seventh place last weekend with a 11 points to 6 win over Malone, it was the their fourth win in five matches.

Matches between these two clubs tend to be high-scoring affairs with the Ulster team prevailing 42-31 at Ballymacarn Park on the October bank holiday Saturday.

Then Buccs, who lost Graham Lynch to injury in the warm-up, were hit by a triple injury whammy on the half-hour mark that derailed their game plan. However, they regrouped late in the contest to secure a try bonus point and will take encouragement from their endeavours in such a challenging situation.

With the Connacht Development squad heading to the USA to play two fixtures there against New England Free Jacks and their Ulster counterparts on March 16th and 20th respectively, Buccs will be shorn their players with the province’s Academy against Ballynahinch.

There are four games left in the season for Buccaneers and head coach Peter O’Donnell spoke to Kevin McDermott about the win over Malone and previewed the match with Ballynahinch.