Back to winning ways.
Sligo RFC 29
Dungannon RFC 19
Sligo ended their recent Energia All Ireland League division 2B losing streak with a 10 point victory over a powerful Dungannon outfit at Hamilton Park on Saturday.
With the 4 try bonus point also earned Sligo have secured their position at 6th place in the league table with one game remaining.
Despite the margin of victory, Sligo were made work for their win, and had to overturn a 14 point deficit at half time on the way to victory.
On an perfect day for running rugby Dungannon kicked off playing towards the Knocknarea end and were on top in the early exchanges.
The visitors early dominance was rewarded with trys on the 9th and 19th minutes with converted trys both stemming from lineout drives close to the Sligo line. No further scores were registered in the opening half.
Following the resumption a much improved Sligo upped the tempo and began to impose their game on the visitors and Euan Brown opened the account with a penalty 3 minutes into the half.
The Dungannon lead was further reduced on 55 minutes when Brown crossed the whitewash to the right of the posts following some powerfull carrying by Kuba Wojtkowicz, Rob Holian and Craig Trimble. The outhalf added the extras and Sligo were within a score of the lead.
Almost immediately from the restart Sligo struck again. A powerful Enda Gavin tackle on the Sligo 10 meter line broke up a Dungannon attack and the ball was reclaimed by Ryan Feehily. The elusive centre brilliantly stepped the first defender and outpaced the cover all the way to the left corner to give Sligo the lead for the first time.
Sligo continued to press and again worked their way into the scoring zone. Eoin Ryan secured the ball from touch and powerful driving from Rob Holian sucked in the defenders allowing Brown release Calum Goddard with a huge skip pass. The winger touched down out wide on the right. Brown successfully converted and Sligo were ahead by two scores.
The bonus point score was picked up with 6 minutes remaining. Holian made a trademark burst on the halfway line bringing play close to the Dungannon 22. A quick recycle saw the ball moved right with Gavin , Guliherme Coghetto and Wojtkowicz handling handling before releasing Goddard. The winger was stopped outside the 5 meter line but Hubert Gilvarry collected and ducked inside the cover before being hauled down short of the line. The forwards took over and James O’Hehir forced his way over sealing the win with Sligo’s 4th try. Brown rounded off a good day with another well struck conversion.
Dungannon replied with a consolation score at the death with the unsuccessful conversion attempt signalling the final action of an entertaining encounter.
Next Saturday Sligo will finish out their campaign with a trip to the capitol to face Wanderers RFC at their Merrion Road base. The match kicks off at 2.30.
Sligo Guilherme Coghetto, Calum Goddard, Ryan Feehily, Enda Gavin, Philip Carter, Euan Brown, Brendan Cunningham (co-captain),Matthew Earley (co-captain), James O’Hehir, Pedro Bengalo, Eoin Ryan, Craig Trimble, Rob Holian, Sean Wynne, Kuba Wojtkowicz, Reps: Eddie Coyle, Finn Young, Michael McMorrow, Hubert Gilvarry, Stefano Giantorno