Sligo 2nd's make winning start

Sligo 2nd XV 29 – Tuam 2nd XV 0

Sligo’s 2nd team made a winning start to the Connacht Junior 2 League when they scored a resounding 29 point victory over Tuam in the curtain-raiser at Hamilton Park on Sunday last.

The winners were superior in all departments,and had far too much pace out wide for their opponents. Sligo included several of their U-20 players in the side, and also featured former club captain, Frankie Feeney at out-half,and experienced prop, Dara Cox. Among the best players on view were two former Sligo Grammar School and Connacht Schools’ stars, Alister Macey at No.8, and Brian Mullen at outside centre, and both should soon be strongly challenging for places on Sligo’s 1st team. Others to make an impact were full-back, Niall Quinn, James Coulter, Terence O’Connor, team captain, David Kilcoyne and scrum-half, Paul Barr.

St. Pats. gaelic player, Dermot Kiely fitted in well at blind side wing forward, with hooker, Aoran Tansey, second rows, Kieran Stafford and Ben Heath, and the two French born wingers, Andre Hautavoine and Jon Christopher all making valuable contributions to the victory.

Sligo’s scorers were Quinn 2 tries, Hautavoine, Mullen and Christopher 1 try each, Stafford and Cox 1 con. each.

Sligo: N. Quinn, A. Hautavoine, B. Mullen, J. Coulter, J. Chrirtopher, F. Feeney, P. Barr, D. Kilcoyne [c.], A. Tansey, D. Cox, K. Stafford, B. Heath, D. Kiely, A. Macey, T. O’Connor.

Referee:Denis Connolly [Connacht Branch]