Local Derby In Heffernan Park

Sligo travel to Heffernan Park, Creggs Road, Ballina on Sunday next to play the home club in the Connacht Junior 1 League [kick-off 2.30 pm].

Both sides are having difficulty making progress in this year’s league, and the losers of this tie could conceivably end in a relegation dogfight, as there will be only four games remaining. Rivalry between the sides is keen, and games between Sligo and Ballina usually go to the proverbial wire. In last season’s league, Sligo also had to travel, and after an unspectacular encounter, the scores were level, 0-0, while in the previous year in Hamilton Park, Sligo won by 8-6.

Sligo have been plagued by injuries all season, but the team management will be hopeful that second row, Peter Mullan will be fit to resume, as his presence would be a great morale booster. On the debit side, they will have to plan without tight head, Joe Kelly, who was injured against Buccaneers.

Sligo have only shown glimpses of their undoubted potential in recent games, but they certainly showed in their opening game against Corinthians what they are capable of achieving. Unfortunately, to date they have lacked consisency. They have trained very well since the Buccaneers game, so expectations are high in the camp that they will be at their best on Sunday. There is a lot at stake for both sides, and the team which wants victory most will probably prevail. As many supporters as possible are urged to make the journey and support the the team, in what could be a crucial game for the club.