Less than two years ago in Ballina, Sligo and Westport played off to decide the destination of the 2005-06 Connacht Junior 1 League. After an absorbing game, which went to extra time, Westport emerged victorious on that April evening with a drop goal in literally the last action of the day. On Sunday next in Hamilton Park [kick-off 2.30], the two teams meet again in the league. On this occasion neither side will entertain lofty league ambitions, as both sides badly need the points to move away from the dreaded relegation zone, although Westport, with games in hand, have less worries in this regard.
Games between Sligo and Westport are invariably very keenly contested affairs, and with so much at stake on Sunday, this promises to be another extremely competitive game.
The sides also met in Hamilton Park in the league last season, and Sligo won a cliff-hanger by 10-5. A similar result would do nicely on Sunday, and it is probable that there will be no more than a score between the teams at the finish. Westport are strengthened this season by out-half, Lyndon Jones, the Connacht Branch Regional Development Officer, who formerly played in the AIL with City of Derry. They will have all their stalwarts in action, with Eddie Walsh at full-back, his brother, J.P. at No.8., who captains the side, and South African, Marius Boseman in the second row.
Sligo, without a game for three weeks, will field from a full squad. Training has been going very well so we can expect a huge effort from the home side. As this is the last home league game of the season, a big vociferous local following would do much to urge the team on.