Sligo RFC 29 :: Creggs RFC 5
Sligo under 14s topped the league on Sunday with a win against Creggs of Roscommon. The game was a much laboured affair in the opening minutes with the Xmas rest taking its toll on the skills of the game, Sligo broke the deadlock when Darragh Byrne ran a try in from a good individual run off the wing. Evan Mc Garth stepped up to kick the conversion from a difficult angle but the trusty boot failed to bring it between the posts. From the kick off Rory Mullan collected the ball and with some better movement the ball was taken into Creggs 22 by Steven Kearins where he drew the defence in to create a small gap for Evan McGrath to touch down for a fine try.
Again the angle was too tight for Mc Garth to convert but Sligo’s confidence was lifting. With the ball back in the Sligo half a knock on gave a scrum to Creggs and with a front row of Matthew Cosgrove Diarmiud Hough and Conan O Donnell the opposition was pushed back but a smart move saw the ball come out on the blind side and the opposition were heading for the line but a good tackle from Jack keegan saw the play break down and Sligo had the opportunity to win the ball back from a line out. Matthew Cosgrove put a great ball into the line out and Ryan Bright collected it and Ronan Redmond moved it on with a swift pass to Kearins but a dropped ball left Sligo back at the scrum .Jake Sexton and Ryan Bright in the second row got a drive on and the ball was back at the feet of Sligo. The pick and drive by Byrne put the opposition on the back foot and Jack Tillion was there to mop up the ball and a well timed pass saw Matthew
Cosgrove break from the ranks in a great run to get right to the Creggs ten meter line but support was not coming and ball was turned over and the swing in play saw Creggs back hitting the Sligo defence .
The second half began slowly with plenty of handling errors on both sides. Evan Mc Grath got an opportunity to convert a penalty in front of the posts from a handling infringement at the ruck, and up he stepped to put it away to bring the score to 13 nil to the Sligo lads. From the kick off Conor Mc Goldrick collected the ball and with the opposition arriving in his line he was forced to kick for space but failed to find touch bringing Creggs back to a scrum on the Sligo 5 metre line .A well executed move from Cregs drew the play to blind side of the scrum but some hard work from Darren Harte and Evan Mc Grath could not keep the opposition from crossing the line putting the score at 13 -5 to Sligo .Daniel ford and James Hamson took to the field replacing Jack Keegan at wing and Connor Mc Goldrick at full back and Sligos hopes of increasing their tally rose when a great pass from Steven Kearins almost put Evan Mc Grath in but the Boyle man was bundled into touch just short of the line. The line out was won back with a great take from Sean Hurley and good work from Conan O Donnell saw him collect the ball only to be dampened by a knock on from his team mate. Sligo again attacked and were awarded a penalty in the Creggs 22.Not opting for the posts a quick Sligo tap and go yielded a great try from Darragh Byrne. Mc Grath converted and the scored board stood at 18-5 to the visitors. The final wave of subs saw Luke Morrison Connor Herighty Jason Greer and Anthony Mc Guinn took to the field and from the drop kick they were straight into the action .The two fresh legs of Herighty and Morrison pulled of a great move and were unfortunate not to yield a try as Herighty was taken into touch. Creggs took position from the line out and from a very strong kick they pushed Sligo back into to their own half .James Hamson struck back from the pickup but Creggs battled to win the ball back but great defence work from Jason Greer and Ryan Bright kept possession while support play was set up Ronan Redmond. Matthew Cosgrove having the best game of the season hit the for the line and was unlucky not to score but was awarded a penalty for his efforts .Sligo opted to tap a go and the old reliable Darragh Byrne found the line. With confidence high Evan Mc Grath converted his kick finishing the game 29—5 to Sligo.