Richmond RFC 10
Sligo RFC 10
Sligo retained second place in Division 2B of the Ulster Bank League but had to be content with a share of the match points when they were held to a draw in an intense encounter at Richmond Park in Limerick on Saturday.
Sligo went into the game full of confidence having won four of their five league matches to date but were stalemated by a Richmond team determined to garner points on their home patch.
With little or no breeze to speak of Richmond kicked off but it was Sligo who took the early initiative. Good work from Mark Rooney and Conor Kerins positioned Sligo inside their hosts half and a platform for an early attack. With 14 minutes gone on the clock Sligo opened the scoring. A Richmond clearance kick was countered by the Sligo back three and the ruck was formed on the 22. Quick hands from right to left saw the ball moved to Richard Childs and the centre burst through to touch down at the posts. Kerins added the conversion to give Sligo the start they needed.
Richmond countered and began to use their kicking game to pin Sligo back. The locals industry was rewarded with a well taken penalty on the half hour.
Sligo looked set to pick up a second try just before half time when Aaron Spring broke through and was stopped 10 metres short. Although the centre immediately regained his footing and headed for the line following the last gasp tackle the referee adjudged that Spring was held and the penalty was conceded.
Following the resumption Sligo moved back into the lead with a well struck penalty from Matthew Cosgrove.
Sligo continued to battle to try and get a stranglehold on the game but the desire to put pace on the game led to some poor option taking and unforced errors and frustration crept into the Sligo performance.
With 10 minutes remaining Richmond scored the equalising try. A chip ahead into the Sligo 22 was not dealt with by the visiting defence and Richmond won the race to the touchdown. The simple conversion levelled the scores.
For the remaining minutes both sides attempted to find the match winning score but neither side were unable to break the deadlock and when the referee blasted the long whistle the points were shared.
Sligo now take a break from league action until the Saturday the 6th of December when they travel to Limerick again to take on Old Crescent. Coach Gavin Foley will be using this time to sharpen up his charges and get his team back into winning ways.
Conor Kerins, Colin Keane, Richard Childs, Aaron Spring, Mark Rooney, Brooke Tremayne, Enda Gavin, Conan O’Donnell, Gary Conneely, Conor Mitchell, James Wilson, Jamie Bowes, Matthew Cosgrove, Rory Kerins, Eddie Connell.
Replacements: Ross Mannion, Wesley Maxwell, Niall O’Hara, Phillip Allen, Matt Davey.