Sligo continued their excellent J1C form with a fine victory over a strong Monivea outfit at the Castle grounds on Sunday. The visitors scored 3 tries to the locals solitary effort on their way to a well worked win.
Sligo’s success was layed down by a powerful display up front from the pack coupled with excellent use of their pacey back line.
The front row of Aaron Tansey, Nick Ryan and Brian Keane anchored a powerful scrum, and Darran Wilson slotted in seamlessly when called upon. Kieran Meehan and Dermot Kiely ensured a plentiful supply of line out ball and replacements Kieran Stafford and Michael Mc Morrow made telling impacts when they joined the fray. The back row of James Fox, Terrence O’Connor and Leigh Fenton won the battle at the breakdown.
The half backs of Stuart O’Brian and Stephen Butler controlled the game with O’Brian picking up Sligo’s opening try and Butler added to the tally with a well struck penalty. The centre partnership of Clive Morris and Brandon Harvey caused their opposite numbers problems in attack and defence and Morris added to his teams total with two well struck conversions. The pace of Sligo’s back three of Brian Mullan, Sean Bagnall and Dermott O’Connor proved to much for the home defence with Mullan racing in for his teams second try. Kevin Donegan and Andy Mulligan demonstrated the strength of the squad when joining the play.
Sligo’s next league outing is on the 11th of December in Strandhill against table topping Dunmore, who are ahead of Sligo by a single point. On current form coach Steve Alley will be confident his charges will be capable overcoming the Galway outfit.