Category Archives: Match Reports

CSL: Sligo fall by the narrowest margin

Sligo RFC 15 – Corinthians RFC 16

Sligo suffered their second one point defeat in two weeks with a defeat in their final 2018 Connacht Senior league encounter at Strandhill last Saturday. Despite outscoring their opponents by two tries to one, Sligo failed to capitalise on possession and territorial dominance and the visitors held on at the finish to take the spoils.

With the drizzling rain making handling tricky, Sligo kicked off playing towards the airport end and quickly put pressure on the tribesmen. The early endeavour provided a well-earned dividend with a penalty award from a scrum inside the Corinthians 22. Outhalf mark Butler went to the corner and Diarmuid O’Dowd Hill secured the lineout. Sligo attempted to maul but Corinthians foiled the drive so the ball was moved infield. Jason Havea and O’Dowd Hill both carried before scrum half Brendan Cunningham switched the play back to the right and Butler’s well timed pass gave centre Ryan Feehily the opportunity to crash over in the corner. Continue reading

Challenge game for Gulls

The Sligo Gulls played a challenge game away against a very strong and physical Enniskillen team, in a closely fought contest. However, it was the home team who came out victors in the end, with a narrow 5 point win over a disappointed Sligo. Full time score Enniskillen 22 Sligo 17. Sligo scorers were Gary Golden, Eoin Mc Cormac 2 tries and one conversion by Garry O’Hehir.

CSL: Back to winning ways

Sligo RFC 31 – Galwegians RFC 13

Sligo kickstarted their 2018-19 season with an excellently crafted victory over a lively Galwegians outfit in their second Connacht Senior League fixture played at Strandhill on Saturday.

Sligo scored 5 trys to a solitary Wegians effort as they collected a welcome bonus point to bolster their senior league challenge.

With conditions perfect for running rugby the match kicked off with Sligo playing towards the airport end. It was the visitors who started brightly owning the lions share of possession and putting the Sligo defence under heavy pressure. Sligo’s tackling was strong with front row forwrds Conor Mitchell, Craig Adams and Tom Gormely putting in a notable defensive effort. Continue reading

PRE: Sligo Development v Ballina RFC 2nds

Ballina 2nd XV 7 – Sligo RFC Development 26

The Development squad played their first challenge match against Ballina 2nd XV in advance of the start of the J1A League in September. This was an opportunity for newly appointed Head Coach Ross O’Boyle and his coaching staff of James and Garry O’Hehir, along with managers Roger Burrows and Jack Barry to see the many new players in action.

Enda Gavin plays scrum half

Sligo had great depth in their squad and this was apparent in the many substitutions made throughout the game, allowing the former U18.5s their first taste of Junior rugby and they certainly made their presence felt on the pitch, getting stuck in from the start. Sligo dominated in all areas of the game, and the final score reflected this.

Sligo’s David Cawley intercepts the ball in the lineout

The pack dominated at the breakdown and in the lineouts, while the back line worked the ball out wide, stringing together some lovely flowing rugby, much to the delight of the Sligo supporters. Enda Gavin controlled the game at out-half and his passion and determination earned him the Man-of-the-Match award. The Development team will continue their pre-season matches against Galwegians next Saturday at 4.30pm.

Connacht Women V Ulster Women

Connacht 24 – Ulster 17

Hamilton Park played host to a senior women’s inter-provincial game last Saturday, when Connacht took on Ulster in a challenge game in advance of the Inter-Provincial series next month. This was an opportunity for Head Coach Jarleth Naughton and Assistant Coach Sligo RFC’s Jason East to see the whole squad in action, to determine who will earn the starting places against Munster on September 1st. Ireland international and Sligo RFC member Nicole Fowley played at out-half, returning to rugby after a prolonged absence due to injury.

Tara Buggie drives for the try line

The match kicked off in near perfect conditions for rugby, with the pitch in Hamilton Park a credit to the hard-working grounds crew, worthy of any inter-provincial fixture. Ulster started out the stronger, with the lion’s share of possession, dominating at the breakdown and putting in some bone-crunching tackles. They were rewarded for their efforts and put 10points on the board with no reply from the home side. It took over 20minutes for Connacht to settle into the game, which was being marred by a litany of handling errors and disarray in the line-outs. The nerves were settled when an intercept try by Shannon Tuohy was converted and Connacht began to make more of their possession. Working their way into the Ulster half again, the Connacht pack showed their dominance in the scrum and drove over the line to put Connacht ahead by two points at half-time.


Shannon Tuohy with a breakaway try for Connacht

The second-half was dominated in all areas by Connacht, with Ulster failing to clear their lines or get out of their own half until the 57th minute. By then, the home side had scored another two tries. The girls in green showed great patience in scoring their 4th try, going through the phases with the pack and eventually spinning it out wide for Sligo RFC’s own Nicole Fowley to touch down for Connacht’s final try of the game.

Ulster enjoyed a short period of dominance towards the end of the game and their perseverance paid off, as they were rewarded with a well-worked try of their own, bringing them within 7points of Connacht. However, it was a case of too little, too late for the visitors, as the final whistle blew, and Connacht had the win in the bag, much to the delight of the large home crowd.

Connacht U18 have last gasp win against Leinster

Connacht U18 33 – Leinster U18 29

The boys in green pulled off a stunning victory with a last-minute comeback win against Leinster in the U18s Inter-Pro series in the University of Limerick last Saturday. Connacht were trailing 22-12 at half-time but stunned their opposition in the second half with their never-say-die attitude and touched down with the last play of the game to beat the much-favoured Leinster.

Sligo RFC’s Hubert Gilvarry, Donnacha Byrne and Luke Hogge after playing for Connacht U18s

Sligo’s Donnacha Byrne was singled out for having an outstanding game at number eight, making a big impact throughout the game, especially at close quarters. Connacht will continue their campaign on Wednesday 22nd, when they take on Munster U18s, who also have a win under their belts after defeating Ulster 32-10. 

CSL: Ballina v Sligo

Ballina RFC 35 – Sligo RFC 24

The local derby was always going to be a tough game and this 9 try thriller was no exception. Sligo RFC, winners of Division 2C in the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League last year, were missing several key players from their starting 15 and newly-promoted Ballina RFC were keen to prove themselves in the first game of the senior league.

It was a bruising encounter for both sides, with Sligo dominating in the scrum, but failing to make the most of their possession. Ballina opened the scoring in the first ten minutes and seemed the hungrier at the start of the game. Winger Phillip Carter touched down in the corner after a period of possession for the away side, but Niall Gray was unable to slot over the difficult conversion. Ballina crossed the whitewash again on the 35minute mark to bring the score to 14-5 at halftime.

Philip Carter scores in the corner for Sligo

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U13: Connacht Cup Semi-final

Monivea RFC 0 – Sligo RFC 17

Sligo’s U13 squad had their biggest test of the season last Sunday when they travelled away to Monivea, with a place in the Connacht final on 21st April at stake. As expected, Monivea took the game to Sligo from the very start. They ran at the Sligo defence at every opportunity, but the Sligo lads stood firm and tackled as if their lives depended on it. They were rewarded with a breakaway try from Conor Creavan. Monivea were in attack, but spilled the ball in a tackle, which allowed Conor to pick the ball and run towards the Monivea try line. A great cover tackle from Monivea prevented the try at that instance, but following a couple of exchanges of possession, Creavan spotted a gap and touched down, to the relief of the team and the travelling supporters.

U13s through to Connacht Cup Final after 17-0 win over Monivea


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UBL: Super Sligo Stun Malahide

Malahide RFC 32 – Sligo RFC 34

Sligo moved back to the top of the Ulster Bank League division 2c going into the final game with a, five trys to four, two point margin victory over a powerful Malahide outfit in an enthralling encounter on Saturday. Sligo came out on top in an incredible game in which the lead changed hands seven times and will long be remembered in the minds of the large travelling Sligo support.

The Sligo crowd celebrate Mike Wells’ drop goal, which puts Sligo 2 points in front

With the Malahide home ground at Estuary road declared unplayable, the match was moved to the excellent all weather surface at Belvedere College which was ideally suited for fast running rugby and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

Malahide, with former Ireland International Mike Ross in the front row and ex Guinness pro 12 winner Danny Poolman lining out in the centre, kicked off into the Sligo pack. Sligo gathered and immediately took the fight to their hosts. The early exchanges were intense with both sides testing their defensive opposites before Sligo made the initial breakthrough on the 7th minute.


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Sligo RFC U12s compete in European Tournament

Easter weekend saw Sligo Rugby Club U12’s in action European invitational blitz hosted by Malahide RFC.

Sligo were proud to be the sole Connacht representatives and fielded two teams over both days of the event.
The Sligo boys had the opportunity to test themselves against very strong opposition from professional clubs in Europe such as Clermont Auvergne of France and San Dona of Northern Italy. They also came up against Glasgow based West of Scotland as well as Leinster Club Barnhall and host club Malahide.

The Sligo teams performed proudly in their games with the overseas teams despite their considerable physical advantage with one of the Sligo teams giving the French and Italians their best contests of the weekend. Against their counterparts in Leinster, Sligo were on top in most of their games.

The Michael Campbell Trophy was awarded to the winners Clermont Auvergne based on points awarded for embodiment of the ethos of mini rugby, for outstanding skill, positive communication, team spirit, respect for all in involved as well as tries scored.