Sligo U13′s 17 Westport U13′s 7
Sligo U13′s will now go through to the Final round of the Connacht U13 Cup after a fantastic win against a hard Westport outfit.
Sligo have made the final after wins against Ballinrobe and defeating a top class Galwegians side who beat Sligo away in the League competition.
They started the match with the wind behind them and after receiving the kick off immediately took the game to Westport. Captain Ben Smyth lead from the front followed by his front row partners Brendan Cunningham and Remi O’Connell. With a well set ruck and quick ball Out half Cody Gardner kicked long to force Westport deep in their own half. 2nd rowers Connor McElligot and Sergee Brian Kelly competed well in the line outs and the Sligo backs used the ball well spinning it wide at every opportunity. After multiple phase ball scrum half Cian Quinn changed direction and the quick hands from centres Robbie Ryan and Ronan McGoldrick gave winger Eion Hallinan time and space to use his pace and glide over for Sligo’s first try.
Sligo immediately applied pressure from the restart heading straight back into Westport territory and recycling the ball well then running blind, winger Adam McCormick Simon ran in Sligo’s second try in making it 10-0 at half time.
The second half started with Westport on the front foot applying all the pressure but with solid tackling from both wing forwards Kelvin Morris and James McDonagh Sligo turned it around fighting back into their oppositions 22. Back row Brian West who had a solid game broke off, with ball in hand busted his way over the line to score Sligo’s third try and dynamic Full back Dillon McDermott converted to make it 17-0.
From then on it was all defence as Westport showed their courage and fought back. Replacements Mark Harte, Leo Brennan Tohill, Jack Moran and Cian Herghty proved Sligo’s depth and defended well. Westport kept on attacking and after numerous attempts at the line finally crossed over to close the game 17-7.
Sligo now have to play the winner of the Corrinthian White’s vs Buccaneers match, on April 7th they will try hard to bring the cup home.
Sergee Brian Kelly
Adam McCormack Simon
Leo Brennan Tohill