Sligo U15s 3 – Corinthians U15s 5
For their second outing in the league, the Sligo U15s came up against Connacht Cup and League champions Corinthians. This was an epic encounter with both teams slugging it out to gain the upper hand.
Sligo laid down a marker in the early minutes with Sergei Donoghue committing to a huge tackle which seemed to set the tone for Sligo. The Corinthians onslaught was met with strong resistance from both Sligo’s forwards and backs. Sam White, Sean Keane, Sean McLoughlin, Matthew Ryan, Ross Clarke and Alastair Hill just some of the standouts. Eoin Lang relishing his role as prop brought the fight to Corinthians on a number of occasions. While much of the action was in the Sligo half, the dam held, and the sides were level at 0-0 at half time.
The second half saw Cathal Shovelin come in at hooker and James McDermott into the second row as this contest began to take its toll. Sligo looked the stronger side and despite a number of penalties in their favour did not manage to alter the scoreboard. Three points from the boot of David Keyes edged Sligo into a 3-0 lead. Sligo continued to soak up the pressure but with minutes to go Corinthians scored a try to bring the score to 3-5. For the remaining minutes Sligo hammered at the Corinthians defence where a single score would have brought victory. Alas there was to be no last gasp Paris score! The game ended on the narrowest of margins.
This was a highly disciplined and tight Sligo team. This young squad showed huge improvement in a number of key areas including; tackling intensity and communications. The squad benefitted from the return of Hugo Filan who slotted in at full back.