Honours even in Limerick

Richmond RFC 10
Sligo RFC 10

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Sligo:
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.

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Sligo drive into second!

Sligo RFC 24
Wanderers FC 16

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Sligo’s rich run of form continued apace when they overcame their illustrious guests, Wanderers FC, in an intense Ulster Bank League encounter at Strandhill on Saturday. Sligo went into the game in the knowledge that a win would propel them from third place to second in the league as the top two clubs, Highfield and Armagh, were playing each other on Saturday.

Despite the early morning heavy rain Hamilton Park was in perfect condition and the locals began the game at a ferocious pace. From the Wanderers kick off and Sligo immediately looked to put width on the ball. A searing Mark Rooney break positioned Sligo inside the visitors 22 and quick transfer from left to right saw the ball moved to Aaron Spring and the powerful centre burst his way through to touch down under the posts. Conor Kerins slotted the conversion to complete the perfect start.

Wanderers responded and began to attack Sligo with their expansive game but big tackling notably from Richard Child’s , Matt Davey and Brooke Treymane ensured that the threat was negated.

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With half an hour gone Sligo doubled their advantage. A fine Conor Kerins kick and well worked chase put Sligo in the Wanderers 22. The turnover was forced and Sligo were awarded a scrum 10 metres out. The Sligo front row of Ross Mannion, Tadgh Power and Conor Mitchell got the better of the Wanderers trio and the Sligo scrum marched towards the line. The pushover try was inevitable but Wanderers encroached to prevent the Sligo touchdown and the the Referee went under the posts to award a penalty try. Kerins again added the extras.

Wanderers again responded, and were rewarded with a penalty on the stroke of half time to put the score at 14-3 at the interval. Unfortunately for Sligo the penalty punishment was compounded with the sin binning of the influential David Heath for persistent team infringements at the breakdown.
Following the resumption the Dublin outfit raised the tempo in order to make full use of the numerical advantage. Their industry was rewarded 5 minutes into the half with a sniping score from scrum half Michael Mc Loughlin following a period of pressure in the Sligo 22.

The Wanderers resurgence continued and penalties on 55 and 60 minutes put the Landsdowne Road based outfit ahead for the first time in the game.
The match defining moment came with 15 minutes left on the clock.

Wanderers were awarded a penalty in front of the Sligo posts 8 metres from the line. The opportunity to kick was turned down and the scrum option was taken. Wanderers went for the pushover but the scrum went down and had to be reset. Sligo Coach Gavin Foley sent the previously temporarily replaced Conor Mitchell back into the fray and the result was immediate. The Sligo scrum disrupted the Wanderers eight and the ball was turned over allowing Sligo to clear downfield. Sligo continued to press and a Kerins penalty restored the home team advantage.

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With 10 minutes remaining Sligo moved into an unassailable 8 point lead. A relieving Sligo kick was countered by the Wanderers back three. Sligo’s kick chase put pressure on the counter attack and the ball was knocked forward on the halfway line. Matthew Cosgrove was quickest to react and the flanker scooped up the ball, burst away from the would be tacklers and showed great pace to finish under the posts. Kerins capped a fine performance with another two pointer.

In the closing moments Wanderers threw everything at Sligo to try and earn at least the losing bonus point but Sligo have prided themselves on their defence and a last gasp drop goal attempt was charged down to send the visitors home with no reward for their endeavours.

With 4 wins from 5 matches Sligo now sit in the very healthy position of second in the table but despite the great start to the season Coach Foley is keeping the team firmly grounded and is only concentrating on one game at a time. Sligo’s next challenge is an away trip to RIchmond RFC in Limerick next Saturday the 15th of November . There is a supporters bus for anyone wishing to travel to cheer on the team. For details contact Michael at 0868198540 or John at 0876212414.

Sligo:
Conor Kerins, Colin Keane, Richard Child’s, Aaron Spring, Mark Rooney, Brooke Treymane, Enda Gavin, Ross Mannion, Tadgh Power, Conor Mitchell, James Wilson, David Heath, Matthew Cosgrove, Matthew Davey, Eddie Connell. Reps Gary Conneely, Philip Allen, David Bergin, Andrew Williams, Niall O’Hara.

Sligo RFC’s U16 starting strongly this season

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On a windy day in Castlebar the boys from Sligo RFC U16 opened this seasons campaign with a solid win over Castlebar RFC.

At the opening kick off Sligo received the ball and combined resolutely though the forwards Callum Tonry, Oisin Staunton and Captain Michael Kilcoyne making the first line break and Brian Cox making the second break up the right hand side of the pitch well supported by Jack Hoey and Vincent Reynolds. The ball was fed to the back line and after some really good play Fiachra Doherty, the Outside Center, scored in the corner on the far left. 5 mins gone and Sligo was leading 5- 0.
The second try by the young Sligo men came shortly after when Castlebar after some poor defending found themselves on their own 5 meter line. Blindside Flanker Sean Wynne got the ball of yet another well worked Sligo ruck and backed himself against the odds and surrounded by 4 Castlebar players powered himself over the line for a great individual try.

After this early dominance by Sligo Castlebar rose to the challenge and through some good kicking down wind and a few missed tackles by Sligo they managed to push their way through the Sligo defence to open their account.
Some messy play in the middle of the pitch by both teams followed. A kick to the Sligo 5 meter line by Castlebar put the pressure on the visitors resulting in a number of penalties be rewarded to the home team. In the end Castlebar was rewarded a penalty try and Jack McDermott was sin binned. Half time Castlebar 14 – Sligo 10.

The second half open with massive pressure by Sligo and Castlebar had no reply to the attacks and Sean McVeigh, who had an excellent game, ran in the first of his 2 trys on the day. The last try from Sligo came after a line out 15 meters from the Castlebar try line. Oisin Staunton throw found the safe hands of Jack McDermott and as a result of the excellent maul that followed Hugh Kisby, the ever tenacious scum half, dived in off the back of the maul on the blind side to score his try.

Fiachra Doherty converted the Kisby try in off the upright and Sligo were now ahead 27-14.

In the last 10 mins Castlebar got a consoling try after Sligo had emptied their bench to end the match 27-19.

The Sligo squad always look the better team and going forward much more capable. Had the wind not played such a big part the margin of Sligo’s victory could have been considerably larger.

Sligo RFC: Vincent Reynolds, Oisin Staunton, Jack Hoey, Callum Tonry, Jack McDermott, Brian Cox, Sean Wynne, Michael Kilcoyne, Hugh Kisby, Philip Carter, Oisin Conlon, Christian Nielsen, Fiachra Doherty, Sean McVeigh, Cormac Murray.
Subs: Caoileann Carty, Noel Muldoon, Liam O’Shaughnessey, Andreas Probst, Fergus Lang, Tom Kerins, Cathal Byrne, Gary Golden and Brian Flanagan.

Man of the match – Brian Cox.

Sligo Topple Table Toppers

Sligo RFC 27
Tullamore RFC 10

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Sligo secured another 5 Ulster Bank League points with a bonus point win over previously unbeaten Tullamore RFC in a superb display of power and control at Hamilton Park on Saturday. Sligo’s win has moved them to third place in the division 2b table, just 1 point behind current leaders Highfield RFC.

Sligo kicked off playing with the advantage of the breeze but it was the Offaly outfit that seized the early initiative. A searing Jordan Conroy break paved the way for a well taken try with Aaron Deverill converting to put his team into an early lead. Deverill further compounded Sligo’s woes with a well struck penalty with 10 minutes gone.

Sligo refused to panic and began to impose themselves on the game. The front row work of Conan O Donnell, Tadgh Power and Conor Mitchell at scrum time began to reap rewards and some important penalties were won which allowed Sligo establish a foothold in enemy territory.

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With 20 minutes on the clock Sligo struck for their opening score. A period of pressure in the Tullamore red zone saw Jamie Bowes, Rory Kerins and Aaron Spring all carrying strongly before the ball was moved left to Michael Allen and the winger made no mistake with a well taken finish. Conor Kerins’ well struck conversion attempt unfortunately came back off the upright. Kerins did open his account just before the break with a well struck penalty to move his side within two of the midlanders.

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The second half began much as the first ended with Sligo dominating in all facets of play. James Wilson and David Heath were lording the lineouts and Sligo’s intensity at the breakdown was earning useful turnovers.

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10 minutes into the half Sligo moved into the lead. A well secured lineout on the Tullamore 22 was driven towards the line before scrum half Enda Gavin linked with Brooke Tremayne and the out half’s well timed pass allowed Mark Rooney the opportunity to finish in the right corner.

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Sligo continued to press and more good work from the pack allowed the opportunity to set up camp in the visitors 22. A five metre scrum allowed the front row the chance to put on the squeeze and the scrum shunted towards the line. Tullamore illegally prevented the inevitable try and the referee had no hesitation in going under the posts and awarding the penalty try. Kerins popped over the conversion to stretch the lead to 10 points.

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Sligo were now on the hunt for the precious try bonus point and with 10 minutes remaining the prize was secured. In an almost carbon copy situation Sligo were awarded another 5 metre scrum and again Tullamore caved in under pressure giving the ref no choice but to award a second penalty try. Kerins capped a fine outing with another two pointer.

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Sligo now move into a three week break from League action before they make the trip south to take on Cork city outfit Sunday’s Well on the 1st of November.

Sligo:
Conor Kerins, Michael Allen, Richard Childs, Aaron Spring, Mark Rooney, Brooke Treymane, Enda Gavin, Conan O’Donnell, Tadgh Power, Conor Mitchell, James Wilson, Jamie Bowes, David Heath, Rory Kerins, Eddie Connell. Reps Adrian McHale, Aidan McNulty, Niall O’Hara, Andrew Williams, Matt Davey

Midleton win close encounter in Cork

Midleton RFC 9
Sligo RFC 3

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Sligo made the mammoth journey South to east Cork to tackle Midleton RFC in their second Ulster Bank League match of the 2014/15 season. Having put Ards RFC to the sword in emphatic style in their opening league encounter Sligo travelled in a confident mood and hopeful of continuing their strong form. Middleton however provided stern opposition and their well drilled physical pack succeeded in starving the Sligo backline of any quality possession and the leesiders won out in the low scoring encounter.

In ideal conditions for rugby Sligo kicked off and tried to set the early pace sensing that the Midleton pack needed to be moved around but in their enthusiasm unforced errors allowed the cork outfit to get an early foothold. An early Midleton penalty opened the scoring before Conor Kerins equalise with a penalty on the half hour. Midleton restored the advantage on the stroke of half time with another well struck effort.

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The second half continued as the first ended with Midleton using their powerful pack to good effect. Sligo props Conor Mitchell , Adrian Mc Hale and replacement prop Conan O Donnell had to battle hard at scrum time and Gary Connelly and his jumpers had to be spot on to secure lineout possession. The battle of the breakdown was immense with Rory Kerins, Aidan McNulty and Eddie Connell having to work really well together to gain parity.

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With flowing rugby in scarce supply the Sligo backline didn’t get much chance to use their attacking flair but when called upon the power of Aaron Spring and the pace of Mark Rooney and Richard Child’s looked threatening. New club outhalf Brooke Treymane gave a competent debut performance and is sure to become an integral part of the team setup when he finds his feet. Conor Kerins continues to grow into his scrum half role and Michael Allen and Colin Keane demonstrated their footballing prowess when called upon.

One aspect of the game that is certain to please Coach Gavin Foley is the defensive strength. Despite Midleton throwing the proverbial kitchen sink at Sligo the defensive line remained intact throughout.

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Midleton increased their advantage with another penalty effort with 10 minutes remaining and it proved to be the final score of a tough encounter.

Next Saturday Sligo play host to Tullamore. Last season the teams played a close encounter in Spollanstown with the midlanders coming out on top of a tight scoreline. Sligo will be looking to use their home advantage to its fullest and will be trying to get back to winning ways.

Sligo:
Richard Childs, Colin Keane, Michael Allen, Aaron Spring, Mark Rooney, Brooke Treymane, Conor Kerins, Adrian Mc Hale, Gary Coneeley, Conor Mitchell, James Wilson, David Heath, Aidan Mc Nulty, Rory Kerins, Eddie Connell. Reps Conan O’Donnell, Tadgh Power, Andrew Williams, Matt Davey, Enda Gavin

Photos courtesy of Midleton RFC

Try bonanza at Strandhill

Sligo 60
Ards 5

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Sligo kicked off their 2104/15 Ulster Bank League campaign in the best possible manner with a 60 point haul as they overcame over Ulster rivals Ards RFC at Hamilton Park Strandhill on Saturday. The home side ran in 8 try’s in a demonstration of pace and power with a crowd pleasing performance for the large home support.

With the sun beating down and the grounds in perfect condition, Sligo played with the aid of the breeze in the first half and soon camped themselves in the Ards 22.

Conor Kerins picked from the base of a ruck and placed a perfect grubber kick through the defence towards the left hand corner. Mark Rooney won the race to the ball and touched down in the corner for his and Sligo’s first score. Kerins slotted the conversion from the touch. The home team doubled the advantage on 20 minutes. A lineout drive from the Ards 22 was illegally hauled down and the referee awarded the locals the penalty. Kerins kicked to the corner and hooker Gary Connelly found the towering James Wilson at the lineout. The pack drove over the line and Rory Kerins touched down, brother Conor again added the extras. Kerins pushed Sligo further ahead 3 minutes before half time with a penalty kicked from just inside the Ards half before the visitors responded with their own try from a rolling maul right on the break.

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Following the resumption Sligo made the perfect start with another Rory Kerins effort following a lineout drive. The bonus point try was secured 5 minutes into the second half. Outhalf Niall O’Hara put a pinpoint cross kick towards winger Colin Keane who fielded brilliantly before off loading to Aaron Spring and the centre raced in to open his account. Kerins again added the extras. Sligo were now on top in all facets, the front row of Conor Mitchell, Connelly and Adrian Mc Hale were dominant at scrum time, Wilson and David Heath were secure at the lineout and the back row trio of Kerins, Aidan McNulty and Eddie Connell were on top at the breakdown.

Kerins junior and Niall O Hara were controlling the game efficiently at half back and centres Spring and Michael Allen were combining well and the pace of wingers Keane and Rooney and Full Back Richard Child’s was a constant threat.

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Sligo continued to press and the scores began to flow , Michael Allen used his footwork to good effect to dot down on 55 minutes before winger Rooney and full back Childs added two more each, Rooney completing his hat trick with a great effort following some noteworthy play from substitute Matt Davey.

While Coach Gavin Foley knows that there will be sterner tests to come , the Strandhill native will be delighted with the start his team has made in this seasons campaign.

Next Saturday Sligo make the long trip south to take on Middleton RFC. The match takes place at 2.30 at Towns Park.

Sligo:
Richard Childs, Colin Keane, Michael Allen, Aaron Spring, Mark Rooney, Niall O’Hara, Conor Kerins, Adrian McHale, Gary Connelly, Conor Mitchell, David Heath, James Wilson, Aidan McNulty, Rory Kerins, Eddie Connell reps Ross Mannion, Craig Adams, David Cawley, Matt Davey, Enda Gavin.

Presentation

The match was preceded by a pre-match meal with 75 people in attendance. We are indebted to the hard work and continued support of our generous sponsors The Glasshouse Hotel and O’Hehirs Bakery.

Pre-match meal

After the match Sligo celebrated in style with a cheese and port reception followed by live music late into the evening. Again many thanks to Club Social secretary Jacqui Cunningham for arranging the pre and post match events and her sponsorship thereof.

Cheese & Port

New Club Kit provider and sponsor – Jako Sports

Sligo RFC are delighted to announce Jako Sports as the Club’s new official kit supplier and sponsor.

Jako Sports based at Unit 2 Cois Inbhear, Markievicz Rd, Sligo
Telephone +353 71 914 7877 or +353 71 914 7879
Email – sales@jako.ie

For personal orders please contact Jako at the above contact details.
For Club team or section orders please contact Club Kit Manager Niall Gray on 086 0412212 for more information.

See the new Club Kit page – here

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Sligo Rugby Club Development Fund Auction – Nov 29th

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Sligo Rugby Club Development Fund Auction
Location: Club House, Strandhill
Time: 3pm Saturday 29th November 2014 – followed by a social night with music

We currently need your support for this very important fundraiser so that funding for pitch development can begin.

We need your commitment to provide good saleable items or services for the auction eg. unwanted gifts, household items, memorabilia, signed football jerseys, signed rugby balls, hotel/weekend vouchers, meal vouchers etc.

Please phone in your items to George Draper (President) Tel. 087 2451570 or Tony Heath (Snr. Vice President) Tel. 087 2439445.

Also we need volunteers to source items for the auction and help on the day please contact me (George) Tel. 087 2451570.

2014/15 UBL kicks off with a home game against Ards RFC

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Saturday September 20th sees the start of the new season of the Ulster Bank League when Sligo will welcome Ards RFC to Hamilton Park for the opening game in the 2014/15 All Ireland League Campaign.

Sligo will be looking to follow up on the successful away win in Ards last season but can expect that Ards will have different plans.

Given that its the start of the new season and to celebrate the first game at home, Club Social Secretary Jacqui Cunningham has arranged a super line-up of activities for the day as follows;
- Pre-match lunch at 1pm in the Clubhouse
- Included match programme
- Match entry – kick off 2:30pm
- Cheese & Port reception at 4:30pm in the Clubhouse
- Live band
And all of this for just €25 per person. To book a seat please call Jacqui on 087 2483524.

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The day promises to be a good one, so we hope you can join us at the Club and support your team!

6 Nations Trophy back in Sligo

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The RBS 6 Nations Cup will be in Sligo on Thursday 11th September at Cleveragh Sports Centre at 7pm.

Anyone that would like to see the Cup and/or have a picture taken please come along.

C.R.O.S.S. Rugby Legends Cycle stops over in Sligo

David, Paul, Henry and Richard Wallace at the Sligo Park Hotel

The 2014 Mizen to Malin rugby legends charity cycle is under way.

The cycle leaves Westport this morning (Wed) for Sligo, arriving to Sligo at around 6pm. They will overnight at the Sligo Park Hotel and after a short rest and a meal the cyclists are due down town Sligo in Club senior section sponsor McHughs Bar at around 8-9pm.

This years line up for the Sligo leg includes Paul Wallace, David Wallace, Richard Wallace, Mick Galwey, Phil Kearns, John Smit, Simon Best, Paddy Johns, Alain Rolland. Local legends and former Club Presidents Michael Storey and Des Butler, having done the Sligo-Westport leg last year are this year doing the full cycle. They are joined by club senior second row James Wilson for the full cycle this year. The guys have been busy fundraising for cancer research and you can find our more and make a donation here.

Rugby Legend David Wallace

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U13′s – Start of season news

U13s ( Born 2002 )

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Registration and First Training Session takes place this Sunday morning 7th September at Sligo Rugby Club from 10am – 12 midday. All new members welcome.

New membership forms and rates are available here.

If you need any further information please contact Hugh O’Hehir @ 087 2370646 or hugh.ohehir@gmail.com.

Juvenile Rugby – new season news

Sligo RFC Juveniles

Training for the Juvenile section re-starts in Sligo IT on Sat Sept 6th at 10 am.

Please note that registration for the new season takes place in Sligo Rugby Club on Wed 3rd Sept between 19:00 & 21:00. (new membership forms and rates are available here). Parents are asked to complete the membership and registration forms in advance by printing them from the resources section of the Club website – here. Please also ensure to bring the appropriate membership subscription (cheques can be made payable to Sligo RFC) together with a passport sized photo and completed and signed IRFU Player Registration form for all new registrations.

New Members are most welcome.

Sporting traditions....

Catering for U7’s (child born 2008) up to U12’s (child born in 2003).

Note that U7 is Leprechaun (also known as TAG RUGBY) so it’s a great safe introduction for your child to the game of rugby.

Connacht U19′s overcome Irish Exiles

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Connacht U19s 23-21 Irish Exiles U19s

After last week’s defeat to Leinster, a win will feel important to the Connacht U19′s after a promising outing.

Connacht, Captained by Mathew Cosgrove consisted of four Sligo players in the starting XV with two more on the bench – hooker Joe Bennet, back row and captain Mathew Cosgrove, left wing Jack Keegan and 2nd centre Andrew Lynch. In the reserves were tight head prop Thomas Moran and utility player Ronan O’Brien. Also invloved with the U19′s squad is scrum half Stephen Kerins who was unavailable for selection due to injury.

The Connacht U19 side is managed by Sligo’s Football Chairman John Davey, while Sligo head coach Gavin Foley is the back line coach. Sligo’s new forwards coaching advisor Charlie Cooper is the Connacht U19 head coach.

Well done to all involved and their families!