Dungannon RFC 29
Sligo RFC 10
Round 2 of All Ireland League action saw Sligo travel to north to Stevenson Park full of confidence after the first round victory over Wanderers FC but a sub par performance resulted in a bonus point win for the hosts and the westerners had to travel home empty handed.
On a balmy autumnal afternoon, Sligo kicked off with the strong sun at their backs and were at their best in the opening exchanges, spending a sustained period in the Dungannon 22. The Sligo scrum was solid and a well worked early backline move almost resulted in a try for the visitors.
Dungannon opened the scoring, against the run of play with a penalty from the 10 metre line.
Sligo responded and a Euan Brown penalty levelled matters with 20 minutes gone.
Sligo then moved into a deserved lead with a well worked try from winger Stefano Giantorno. A lineout was secured on the Dungannon 5 metre line and the resulting maul brought play in field and close to the try line. Scrum half Brendan Cunningham switched the play back to the blindside and Brown fed Giantorno who went over in the corner. Brown added the the extras to move the score to 3-10, where it stayed until halftime.
The second half proved a different challenge for Sligo as unfortunately meaningful possession proved difficult to secure. Although the scrum was solid and good work at the breakdown yielded a number of penalties the Sligo lineout malfunctioned at crucial times and scoring opportunities were few and far between.
Dungannon made the most of Sligo’s issues and used their maul to good effect to drive over with 45 minutes gone.
The locals took the lead with a try after 55 minutes and with their tails up added late trys on the 70th and 80th minutes to finish a disappointing day for Sligo.
Despite the setback, Sligo coaches Josh Reeves and Simon Galvan will know what is required to get back to winning ways for the visit of Malahide RFC in the round 3 clash at Strandhill next Saturday. The match kicks off at 2.30.
Sligo : Guilherme Coghetto, Stefano Giantorno, Enda Gavin, Josh Reeves, Philip Carter, Euan Brown, Brendan Cunningham, Eddie Coyle, Matthew Earley, Pedro Bengalo, Eoin Ryan, Rob Holian, Matthew O’Hara, James O’Hehir, Daire Byrne. Reps Craig Trimble, Jake Sexton, Michael Broaders, Finn Young, Calum Goddard