Galwegians 3rd XV 17 :: Sligo 2nd XV 15
Sligo’s 2nd team’s improvement in the Connacht Junior 2 League continued at Glenina on Sunday last, when they were most unfortunate not to have gotten at least a share of the spoils against a strong Galwegians side. With just a couple of minutes remaining, Sligo trailed by 17-10, but in a barn-storming finale they laid siege to the home side’s line, and prop forward, Ross O’Boyle, crashed over beside the posts for a great try. The conversion would have given Sligo a well merited draw, but alas, the kick from in front of the posts was off target, so Galwegians got a reprieve they scarcely deserved.
After a slow start, Sligo controlled matters in the second half, when they crossed for three tries. Their opening try was scored by No. 8, Simon Coulter after a fine individual break, while team captain, David Kilcoyne also touched down for an excellent try. With none of their three tries converted, Sligo can only rue the absence of an accurate goal kicker, although the conversion attempt of Kilcoyne’s try rebounded off an upright.
In a fine team display, Sligo’s pack did exceptionally well. Simon Coulter, Ciaran Stafford, Ross O’Boyle and David Kilcoyne led by example, as Galwegians had difficulty in containing the Sligo eight. Aaron Tansey hooked well, while the new second row partnership of Dermot Kiely and Tony Delahunt worked hard, as did the former Banada Abbey student, Alan Brennan at open side.
Behind the scrum, Polish born, Robert Orbinski had a fine game on the wing, and showed a lot of promise, while Philip Henry making a come-back after sustaining a bad finger injury in a pre-season friendly against Railway Union, formed a solid centre partnership with Andrew Williams. Australian born, Tim Jessop was an enterprising full-back, while winger, Padraig Flanagan also impressed. The half back partnership of James Coulter and Clive Morris kept Sligo going forward, especially in the second half.
In that second half, Sligo introduced five replacements, the South Sligo duo, Damien Henry and Martin Brennan, Seamus Bannon, David Delahunt and Simon Coyle, and all contributed to a spirited team effort.
Sligo play Loughrea in Hamilton Park on Sunday next [kick-off 2.30 pm], and they will be hopeful of collecting the points. On Sunday week [December 9th], they make the long journey to Ferbane, Co. Offaly, to play new entrants to Connacht rugby, West Offaly Lions. The entire squad should attend training on Wednesday evening at 7 pm. Well done to all who work so hard behind the scenes with the Sligo 2nd team, especially Michael Storey and Declan Lynch, who were at the helm on Sunday last.
Sligo: Tim Jessop, Robert Orbinski, Philip Henry, Andrew Williams, Padraig Flanagan, Clive Morris, James Coulter, Ross O’Boyle, Aaron Tansey, Ciaran Stafford, Dermot Kiely, Tony Delahunt, Alan Brennan, Simon Coulter, David Kilcoyne [c.] Subs:[All used] Damien Henry, Martin Brennan, Seamus Bannon, David Delahunt, Simon Coyle.
Referee: Mr. Bobby Hanrahan [Westport RFC]