Sligo Gulls 10 – Carrick-on-Shannon 5
Following on from their comprehensive win over Claremorris in their season-opener, Sligo senior men’s third team took to the pitch on a glorious day in Hamilton Park last Sunday. It was great to see 23 players turn out for the Gulls for the Connacht Junior 2 league local derby game against Carrick-on-Shannon RFC and the good home crowd were not disappointed with the result. It was a low-scoring game, with possession divided evenly between the teams. Sligo were first to put points on the board, with a well-struck Clive Morris penalty. This remained the only score of the first half.
The second half was played primarily in the middle of the pitch, but it was the visitors who eventually broke through the Sligo defence to cross the whitewash in the corner. The conversion drifted wide and only two-point now separated the sides, with twenty minutes to play. Sligo increased the pressure on the visitors but were unable to capitalise on their possession. With only 2 minutes left on the clock, a series of penalties in the opposing half gave the Gulls a lineout on the 5m line. David Cawley secured in the air and the ball was worked wide through the backs for David Cummins to touch down in the corner. The difficult conversion was coolly slotted home by youngster Eoin McCormack to give Sligo some breathing room. Carrick were unable to add any more points to their tally and it was a relieved home side who held on for the final whistle.