Buccaneers travel to Heffernan Park on Saturday for the second round of the Energia Community Series in which both they and Ballina will be striving for a first victory in this new league.
Ballina lost 41-20 away to Corinthians last weekend while Buccs could not match Sligo’s firepower. The Pirates will, however, be hopeful that their young side will be smarter following that setback.
They may have further selection options too with Corey Reid’s transfer back to the Shannonsiders likely to be finalised for this vital clash.
However, Ballina (despite a torrid AIL season) inflicted a heavy defeat on Buccaneers when the sides last met. But there was much to be optimistic about in Buccs outing against Sligo and, if the midlanders improve on that display, they can eke out a win.
Kick-Off is 2:30p.m. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, intending supporters will have to log (after 6am on Saturday morning) to book.
Meanwhile Buccaneers Seconds entertain Dunmore in the second round of the Cawley Cup at Dubarry Park on Sunday afternoon, kick off is 2:30pm.
Dunmore overcame Monivea 12-0 in their opening fixture and, with a hardy pack, will be doughty opponents. Buccs were most disappointing away to Creggs last Sunday and will be eager to put that trouncing behind them as soon as possible.