Connacht Junior League (Div 1A) – Round 2 – Sligo RFC 107 Ballinrobe RFC 0

Sligo cemented their place at the top of division one of the Connacht Junior League when they scored 107 points without reply against Ballinrobe at Strandhill on Sunday.

Sligo scored 17 trys on their way to a dominated one side victory.

As the score line suggests Sligo scored early and often and after 4 minutes quick thinking by man of the match Frankie Feeney released Simon Coulter who broke through for the first try of the game.

Sligo doubled their total three minutes later when power house Matele Fifita broke through the cover before releasing speedster David Gerrity who raced away from the cover to give his side a 10 nil lead.

Sligo continued to press and following a scrum in mid field Roger Burrows burst towards the line and following the covering tackle expertly popped the ball to Gavin Foley who touched down left of the posts. Jordan Farrington converted to give his side a 17 nil lead.

The bonus point try arrived after 20 minutes when a poor Ballinrobe clearance kick was collected by Gerrity. The ball was spun wide to Burrows who chipped ahead, Farrington collected and touched down under the posts. The centre converted his own try to put his side 24 points ahead.

Sligo were now starting to go up the gears and Farrington and winger Ted Mulvaney both added trys following some fine open field running.

Mulvaney, Gerrity and the excellent Paddy Conlon all added to Sligo’s try total before the break.

The second half began much as the first half ended with Sligo continuing to notch up the scores.

Fine work by Fifita saw him make tries for Gerrity and Mulvaney before the strong running centre doted down for a try of his own.

Sligo continued to press and substitute Aaron Spring added two tries and Fifita added another one of his own.

Roger Burrows and Ted Mulvaney both added to their total and with Feeney in go kicking form Sligo’s final score reached 107 points.

Coach Simon Galvan will be pleased with his side’s performance but will know that harder days lie ahead in their quest for Junior League glory. However the team deserve great credit in the manner that they put their opponents to the sword and if they keep this level of performance up good days will lie ahead.

Next week Sligo travel to O.L.B.C. in Galway to take on what many pundits feel are strong contenders for this year’s Junior League title. Kick off 3.00 pm at Galway Sports Grounds.

Sligo:

David Gerrity, Ted Mulvaney, Jordon Farrington, Matele Fifita, Roger Burrows, Gavin Foley, Frankie Feeney, Wesley Maxwell, Jason Coulter, Adrian McHale, James Wilson, Jamie Bowes, Cathal Cullane, Simon Coulter, Paddy Conlon, Reps. Aaron Spring, Trevor Sweeney, Simon Galvan, Billy Leahy, Gary Connelly.

Connacht Junior League Div 1A table – here