Sligo U16′s 27 – Castlebar U16′s 19
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.