2nd’s secure fine home victory over Ballyhaunis

Sligo RFC 10

Ballyhaunis 8

Sligo 2nd team notched up another big win against Ballyhaunis last sunday at Strandhill. With now two wins from three games this season, this was a massive victory.

Sligo’s pack from the start give notice of their intent early on with some huge drives and good rucking. Thanks to this pressure, Sligo were rewarded a penalty which Gary O’Hehir converted, giving Sligo a three point lead within the first five minutes of the opening half. However Sligo had most of the possession in the first half, and could not make the final pass to finish with a try. This gave Sligo more pressure as they were unable to put points on the board, and having been beating by this same team in a friendly few weeks ago, Sligo knew Ballyhaunis where going to come back at them, which they did. The Ballyhaunis prop used his size and barged his way under the Sligo post to help his team go 7 points to Sligo 3 at half time.

The second half was very tight with both teams breaking the line and having some scoring opportunities but could not make the final pass. The referee saw an off the ball incident with both the Sligo number 6 David Cawley and the Ballyhaunis hooker, the referee had no other option but to send both players to sin bin for 10mins half way in to the second half.

Sligo received a penalty and went for a kick to the corner, but the kick did not go fully out and with a good Sligo chase, the Ballyhaunis winger tried to clear his line and was blocked. Thankfully Stewart O’Brien who was just brought on,was first to react and grounded the ball close to the post to score Sligo’s first try. Gary O’Hehir then converted bringing score 10 points to Ballyhauinis’ 8 with six minutes to go. With excellent defense and discipline Sligo held out till final whistle.

Even though Sligo left it late, overall they were the better side. Every player played there part on the day, even the subs that came on, but the man of the match was Clive Morris, his strong running, defense and passing were excellent. The Sligo set piece play will need a bit of fine tuning and if the forwards can produce more quality ball then the backs certainly have the ability to score against any opposition. Overall this was a great team win and we can look forward to the next big game.
Sligo: S. McGuinness, N. Ryan, M. Feeney, A. Williams, C. Stafford, D. Cawley, A. Loftus, S. Glackon, G. O’Hehir,
S. Butler, B. Hynes, C. Morris, M. McMorrow, H. Lafitte, D. O’Connor, A. Tansey, L. Fenton, S. O’Brien, S. Dorrin, S. Bagnan.