It was a tense affair in a cold and wet Monivea, as Sligo Development team were hoping to secure their fourth win of the season. Playing Monivea at home is never an easy affair and this game was no exception. The first score went to the away team from a determined Sligo scrum. Persistent infringements by Monivea resulted in the referee awarding a penalty try. Andrew Blannin quickly added to the tally with a try of his own, but Sligo’s lead was chipped away and they found themselves 15-12 down at half time. The score remained deadlocked for the majority of the second half, with neither side giving an inch. However, it was Sligo who eventually broke through the Monivea defence. Led by captain Gary O’ Hehir, Sligo showed great patience and composure and a well-executed move set up Sean Wynne, Man of the Match, to score in the corner, ensuring the narrow victory for the away team. This was a great team performance, bolstered by the senior debut of Christian Nielson in the back row.
The return leg of this fixture will take place this Sunday at 2.30p.m. in Hamilton Park. This promises to be a real battle as Sligo hope to secure another back-to-back win. All support welcome.