The County semi-finals and finals of the Sligo Community Games were held in Hamilton Park on Friday last. The large crowd present were treated to some exciting rugby. In the semi-finals, Ballymote scored a narrow victory over a gallant Coolera side, who were forced to field a depleted side because of holidays and and the staging of the Community Games gaelic final on the same evening. Surely,it should be possible to avoid an unnecessary clash of fixtures. In the other semi-final, Maugheraboy proved to be too strong for a game Rosses Point side.
In last week’s opening round, Ballymote defeated last year’s national finalists, Cornageeha, Coolera beat Skreen in a thriller, and Rosses Point got the better of Collooney.
In the final, Maugheraboy, coached by David Murray, assisted by former Mayo footballing all-Star, T.J.Kilgallon, impressed as they defeated a physically stonger Ballymote side, coached by Michael McMorrow. The rugby produced by both sides was of a high standard, and all of these players look destined to a bright future in the game. Many thanks to John Davey, who refereed both semi-finals and the final, as well as in the preliminary round, and who did an excellent job, and to club captain, Jamie Livingstone, who also officiated in a first round game.