Seasons opener a useful exercise

Sligo’s first outing of the season to Northern neighbours Enniskillen proved to be an eventful one mainly off the pitch. Actually getting to the grounds proved to be more difficult than playing the opposition. Following the recent very heavy rainfall the route was flooded around Glenfarne and they detoured on to a by road over the mountains. On this route some further flooding was encountered with one of the cars stalling in the flood. The forwards and backs alike put their fitness to the test when they had to roll up the trousers legs and push the car to dry ground. Despite the adversity they finally got to the pitch at three o’clock and the match went ahead later than planned.

Sligo brought a mixed group of youth and experience with them with the idea of giving everyone a run out. This being the first game for both sides it took a while for the teams to settle into any kind of rhythm but when they did they served up a decent match and one that will be beneficial to both coaches in their planning for the season ahead.

Overall Sligo will be very pleased with their day out achieving a draw and scoring three trys . The match ended 15 all and Sligo will be the happier of the sides as Enniskillen got two soft trys, one an intercept and the other a full length of the field score from a Sligo knock on. Also Sligo came from 15-5 down to earn a draw and they finished the stronger side.

Sligo’s trys came from Joe Sweeney(1) and Andrew Williams(2) with several other near misses. On the negative side both David Greene and Simon Coulter were injured and hopefully they will both be back soon. Obviously you cant take too much from these pre season friendlies but they are very important for the developing and fine tuning the team for the more difficult league games ahead. Next week will again be another opportunity to see some more as they travel to Navan RFC for 15 a side competition involving eight of the top Junior clubs in the country.

Sligo Squad; Martin Feeney, Ross Mannion, Adrian McHale, James Wilson, Jamie Bowes, Cathal Culhane, David Greene, Trevor Sweeney, Joe Sweeney, Colin Gorman, Ross O’Boyle, Dara Cox, James Coulter, Stewart O’Brien, Gavin Foley, Ted Mulvany, Ralf Lucey, Julian Rippon, Andrew Williams, Kakaber Machititze.