Buccaneers Win Connacht Senior Cup

Kieran Joyce was the hero for Buccaneers as he dramatically kicked them to silverware in their first competitive game of the year.

Buccaneers are the Connacht Senior cup champions for 2019 after a 16-14 win over Corinthians in Dubarry Park this afternoon.

The Athlone side started well and were ten points to no score ahead after ten minutes. John Sutton scored the opening try after five minutes.

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Scrum-half Graham Lynch scored Buccs second try five minutes later. Neither try was converted.

Corinthians came back into the game and in the final move of the half. Mick Harrison crossed the line for and Out-half Simon Kelleher converted.

The half-time score was Buccaneers 10 Corinthians seven. Buccaneers played the second half without key players Mark Staunton and Peter Claffery who went off injured.

Michael Hanley scored a penalty for Buccs in the 42nd minute to extend their lead to six points.

Corinthians took the lead for the first time in the 60th minute when Jack Noonan got a try converted by Simon Kelleher.

Buccs missed two penalties as they chased the game and Corinthians looked to have victory assured when Peter O’Donnells side were awarded a penalty in what was to be the last kick of the game.

Centre Kieran Joyce scored his first ever penalty for Buccs and secured them the silverware.

Buccs will now be hoping to bring the winning momentum in their league form as they aim to get out of the bottom two in Division 1B of the All-Ireland league.

Heres Michael Silkes report for Shanonnside FM for the game.