In a game that immediately followed the seniorâ€™s abject performance, Sligo 2nds restored smiles to the large travelling support with a fantastic performance of free-flowing, glorious rugby.
Sligo made an incredible start with 4 tries inside the opening twenty minutes. Straight from kick-off, Sligo roared into action spreading the ball wide for fleet-footed centre Owen McDermott to open the scoring with a magnificent score. Creggs replied with a quick penalty, but this only galvanized Sligo into further attacks. A fine break from the influential Kim Williams, ably supported by the solid Matt Drury, gave Sligo an attacking platform 10m out. Some uncharacteristically good handling by prop Ross Oâ€™Boyle, led to the burly Ralph Lucey thundering over to make it 10-3. Creggs tried to respond but a breakdown in their attack, led to a break by McDermott who released Simon Connolly who showed searing pace to race away from the Creggs cover to touch down for a breath-taking score. Sligoâ€™s blistering start was complete on the twenty minutes mark, with Ross Oâ€™Boyle again the creative spark in Sligoâ€™s attack with the robust prop producing a cheeky pass to impressive out-half Brian Hynes who cruised through to score under the posts. The game settled down, with Creggs battling well after the early Sligo onslaught and at the interval Sligo led 20-3.
The second half saw Sligo again on the attack with the exciting Clive Goulden and winger Mark Lewis both having incisive breaks. With the mercurial Brian Hynes orchestrating Sligoâ€™s lively backline, Sligo poured forward with Hynes himself making a superb break that forced Creggs into conceding a 5m scrum. From the scrum, the powerful Jamie Bowes picked and went, smashing through the helpless Creggs defence to score. It was Bowes who was again prominent on the hour mark, breaking from another scrum before a quick off-load to the alert scrum-half Robert Ongirski, who grabbed the score his performance deserved. The rest of the game was played out with Sligo attacking but unable to add any extra score, leaving a final score of 30-3.
The 2nds management team of Stephen Allay, Tony Delahunty, and Declan Lynch will be delighted with this performance and turn out for the first competitive game of the season. Every Sligo player was superb, with forwards Kim Williams, Kieran Stafford, and Jamie Bowes prominent, ably assisted by the lively Ross Oâ€™Boyle, Ralph Lucey, Dermot Kiely and Andy Brennan. Ongirski and Hynes at half back were imaginative, producing some lovely ball for the Sligo backs to prosper on. Matt Drury and Owen McDermott were a revelation at centre while the back three of Connolly, Goulden, and Lewis were dangerous throughout. Subsitutes Cedric Calvez and the veteran Tony Delahunty made impressive cameos. The 2nds can take great heart from this result and will seek to build on it for the rest of the season. Any players who would like to take part in 2nds rugby are urged to contact any of the management team as all players, no matter how inexperienced are welcome. The 2nds would also like to wish flanker Simon Coulter all the best as he recovers from a serious arm injury that will unfortunately keep him out of action for a while.