Buccaneers beaten by Belfast Harlequins

By MICHAEL SILKE BELFAST HARLEQUINS 14   BUCCANEERS 12 BELFAST HARLEQUINS took a major step in their bid for a great escape when they defeated fellow basement strugglers Buccaneers 14-12 in an evenly-contested but scrappy AIB League Division One game at the Grafton Arena, Deramore Park, Belfast, on Saturday. Buccs will take little comfort from another battling display, that earned them a rare bonus point, as they have handed the initiative to Quins in the relegation dogfight. Harlequins have now leap-frogged the midlanders in the battle for Division One survival. Whilst Buccaneers must now absolutely win their remaining two fixtures, survival is also out of their own hands as they would need Quins and UCD or possibly Dolphin or Ballymena to slip up badly in these last rounds of games. With Quins away to UCD in the final series of matches, one or other is likely to muster a vital win so Buccs really need favours elsewhere at this stage. BUCCANEERS:-  S.Carey; A.Gaughan, A.Hayman, A.Wynne, T.Cregan; G.O’Grady, M.Bruce; M.Diffley, G.Halligan, K.O’Neill; D.McGowan, P.Cunningham; C.Finnerty, C.Hartigan (captain) and D.Kelly. Replacements used:- A.Hanley (for Cunningham, 50 mins) and K.O’Gorman (for Finnerty, 74 mins). GOOD LUCK, GUYS On a more positive note, congratulations to Adam Kennedy and Alan Gaughan on being selected on the Ireland U-18 and U-19 squads respectively.  UNDERAGE FUND-RAISING Parents and youth players willing to assist at ‘bag packing’ in Dunnes Stores (both Montree and Irishtown) between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Good Friday, April 6 th , in aid of underage rugby should contact our Administrator, Geraldine at 086-1732711, as soon as possible so that rotas can be drawn up for this event. Two-hour shifts are the norm and the more volunteers the club has, the easier the task.