Creggs RFC 0 :: Sligo RFC 49
Sligoâ€™s impressive U-14 team had a resounding 49-0 away victory over Creggs RFC in the opening round of the Connacht U14 North Division League on Saturday last.
The result of this game, played in ideal weather conditions, was never in any doubt as Sligo were in control from the start. Indeed it must be said that Creggs U14s are still at the early season stage as they are still getting their players together.
After the initial handling jitters the opening try was scored by Diarmuid Oâ€™Dowd Hill as he used his considerable power to cross the try line and touchdown near the corner flag. The same player soon made it 10-0 on the opposite side when he peeled off the back of a scrum following good work by the centres.
Sligo now had the upper hand and Enda Gavin at scrum half collected the ball from a 5 metre scrum and quickly cut his way through the Creggs defense to score an intelligent try to leave the score 15-0.
With the forwards now very much on top, Matthew Davey playing in his customary prop position, made it 20-0 when he went in for a crash-dive try in the corner.
Half time passed but the pressure was relentless on the luckless Creggs team when, after some good rucking, the ball was passed along the back row for Kieran Blake to touch down in the corner.
The next score came when a long Sligo clearance out of defense was collected by the opposing fullback only to find himself isolated with Sligo players quickly closing in on top of him. Following the inevitable maul 10 metres out, which produced a free kick, Oâ€™Dowd-Hill again touched down in the corner for his third try of the day to leave the score 30-0.
Sligo coach Dean Weaver continued to introduce subs to great effect. One such player was debutant David Heffernan who quickly showed his undoubted ability when after a long jinking run from wing back position he managed to touch down between the posts to score his first try.
Another newcomer to the game was Caomhan Lyons. He scored his first try when he collected an unselfish pass from Diarmuid Oâ€™Dowd Hill to leave the score 42-0 with the conversion successfully added.
The final converted try of the game was scored by Sean Donnelly to leave the final score 49-0 in Sligoâ€™s favour.
All travelling players played their part in this fine win but no doubt sterner tests will be confronted in the months ahead. The team was made up of the Davey brothers Martin and Matthew along with James Rooney in a solid front row combination while the second row of Diarmuid Oâ€™Hill-Dowd and Jonathan Draper were very impressive indeed. The back row of Ben Spellman, Brian Simon and Sean Donnelly was very influential. The halfbacks of Enda Gavin and Will Weaver were very busy around a powerful scrum and delivered plentiful quality ball to the centres Robert Smith and Kieran Blake. Wingers Ross Gordon and Enda Roche were dangerous up the wings and always looked for openings to explore. James Mullen was the last line of defence at full back for most of the game. This was a new position for James but he filled it very well indeed. All subs were introduced at different stages throughout the game, Eddie Weaver, David Verdon, Patrick Saba, Owen Kilroy, and newcomers David Heffernan and Caomhan Lyons all contributed handsomely to a big scoring victory.
One committed rugby player who travelled but didnâ€™t play due to a recent injury was Eoin Flanagan. Eoin is wished a speedy recovery.
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