Sligo 2nds began their season with an impressive friendly victory over Ballina on Saturday last, September 27th. New coach Stephen Allay was delighted with the massive turnout of players, with old familiar faces mixing with some new ones. Sligo used over 25 players in the game and will be hoping this kind of turnout continues for the season. Sligo started brightly and some strong attacking saw them lead 12-3 at the interval. The second half saw Ballina press strongly but some awesome Sligo defensive work saw the away side unable to breach the Sligo line. In fact it was Sligo who claimed the only score of the 2nd half as flanker Simon Coulter put the finishing touches to a great move to score in the corner with only seconds remaining. This meant a final score of 17-3 to Sligo, and the result combined with the excellent showing by the players should ensure that Sligo can look forward to the upcoming 2nds league with an excellent chance of a successful season.