Sligo RFC 36 :: Ballina RFC 7
Sligoâ€™s U14 rugby team continued their winning run in the North Connacht League on Sunday last. On this occasion they played Ballina at home and notched up a creditable 36-7 victory in this their third competitive game of the season.
The Sligo boys started this game in a confident fashion and immediately exerted pressure on the Moysiders. Good forward play and a powerful drive by Sean Donnelly resulted in the No 8 getting the first try of the game after 5 minutes when he touched down in the right corner.
Sligo continued to dominate exchanges. A second try soon came when Eoin Flanagan at first centre delivered a pass to scrum-half David Heffernan. David jinked his way through the Ballina defence to cross the try line and touch down.
The third try came after good rucking by the pack. Will Weaver at out-half collected the ball and in typical fashion cut a straight line through the Ballina defence to score near the posts. Full-back Kieran Blake landed the conversion.
The fourth try of the first half was scored when a long relieving clearance out of the Ballina back line was collected in midfield by Kieran Blake. He then made a good run before passing to James Mullen who took off at full speed to score in the corner. Half time followed to leave the score 22-0 in favour of Sligo.
The second half brought little relief for the Ballina lads as Sligo scored two more tries. The first was scored by James Mullen on the right hand side after a great run through the defence. The second was scored with five minutes remaining when Sean Donnelly collected wide on the right and made an unstoppable run to score his second try. Both conversions were successfully converted by Kieran Blake.
While Ballina found the going tough, a lapse in concentration by the Sligo backs resulted in a try near the posts for the visitors. The conversion was successful to leave the final score 37-7 in Sligos favour.
There were many pluses in this game for Sligo. Notable among them was the support play by the entire team. The work rate at the breakdown was immense, especially by the front row forwards Matthew and Martin Davey and Philip Moriarity. They received good back up and support by the second row combination of Jonathan Draper and Diarmuid Oâ€™Dowd Hill. The back row was made up of flankers Eoin Kilroy and Robert Smith, while at No 8 was the impressive Sean Donnelly. The half-backs were made up of David Heffernan and Will Weaver with centres Eoin Flanagan and Ben Spellman. James Mullen, Caomhan Lyons and Kieran Blake made up the back three. Also contributing to the game when introduced were Patrick Saba, Eddie Weaver, Brian Simon, Michael Martin, James Rooney and David Verdon.
Next up is Castlebar in two weeks time.
More photos from the match can be found here.