Sligo RFC 19
Malahide RFC 7
Sligo picked up a second win from three Energia All Ireland League division 2B matches with a well deserved win over visitors Malahide at Hamilton Park on Saturday. A Rob Holian try and 14 points from the boot of Euan Brown cemented the win for the home side resulting in a move to fifth position in the league table.
Sligo kicked off playing towards the road end, into the breeze, and had to withstand early pressure from the visitors. A period of sustained pressure on the Sligo line looked sure to yield a score for Malahide but heroic defence kept the line intact and good work from Daire Byrne forced the error resulting in the turnover.
The home team switched to attack and almost immediately struck a mighty blow. A lineout was secured on the left side on the Malahide 10 metre line. The play was moved to midfield where Josh Reeves, Byrne, Enda Gavin and Pedro Bengalo all made strong carries before scrum half Hubert Gilvarry fed Craig Trimble who burst through the cover with a well timed drive. Trimble was hauled down inside the 22 and the ball was moved to midfield where Holian collected ,drove forward, performed an audacious chip over the onrushing ex international 7s player Mick McGrath and collected and dotted down under the posts to the delight of the Sligo faithful. Brown added the extras and Sligo were ahead.
The visitors responded and with ex Welsh international second row Dominic Day to the fore again put pressure on the Sligo line, but again the Sligo defence stood strong and forced the turnover.
Following the water break it was Sligo that took the initiative. An excellent driving maul brought play to the Malahide 22, the ball was flashed wide to the right with Stefano Giantorno and Guilherme Coghetto carrying towards the line. Gilvarry switched the play back to the left and Byrne drove into the heart of the defence. The move was halted illegally and Brown split the posts from the resulting penalty.
Sligo continued to press but the score line remained at 10-0 at half time.
Following the resumption Sligo picked up where they left off hunting for further points to put the game out of reach.
The lineout was functioning well, with Matthew Earley accurately combining with his jumpers and Matthew O’Hara proving a nuisance on the Malahide throw. In the loose Eddie Coyle and James O’Hehir were bundles of energy, disrupting the breakdown at every opportunity. The scrum was solid and the backline were a constant threat with Philip Carter proving a real handful every time when brought into play.
Sligo’s dominance was rewarded with penalty’s from Brown on 45, 55 and 60 minutes to move into a 19 point lead before Malahide picked up a consolation try,late on, following a series of pick and drives on the Sligo line.
The Sligo coaching group of Reeves and Simon Galvan will be satisfied with the improvement in performance and will look to further up the ante for the next round of league action versus Galway Corinthians at Cloonacauneen on Saturday October 29th.
Sligo: Guilherme Coghetto, Stefano Giantorno, Enda Gavin, Josh Reeves, Philip Carter, Euan Brown, Hubert Gilvarry, Eddie Coyle, Matthew Earley, Pedro Bengalo, Craig Trimble, Rob Holian, Matthew O’Hara, James O’Hehir, Daire Byrne. Reps Michael McMorrow, Jake Sexton, Michael Broaders, Brendan Cunningham, Calum Goddard