Sligo 40 :: Connemara 7
In very testing weather conditions Sligo put in a complete team performance to defeat Connemara 40 to 7, in the under 18 Connacht cup quarter final. Right from the kick off Sligo put Connemara on the ropes, and never really let them off them. The Sligo pack out muscled their opposites and the Sligo backs out maneuvered theirs.
The Sligo pack dominated forward exchanges, they drove the visitors back at scrum time, and the entire eight were more physical around the contact areas, both in attack and defence. Although they all supported each other well and carried the ball with aggression, it was Thomas Gormley who popped up at the right time to crush over to score both of the Sligoâ€™s forward tries.
Although the conditions on the day were more conducive to a forward orientated game, the Sligo backs did not use the conditions as an excuse, and moved the ball with control and confidence. Two tries to full back Darren McMullen, and a try each to second centre Chris Nairn and winger Stephen Mullaney, highlighted their excellent ball handling ability in very wet and muddy conditions, and the fact that they were not scared to move the ball wide when the opportunity arose.
Sligo undefeated second division league champions, now look forward to a semi final clash with Big Guns undefeated division one league champions Corinthians in Galway. Although this is a massive task, if Sligo play with the same control and attacking ability they are now showing, and maintain their strong defence that has only let in three tries the entire season, they can go into this match with real confidence.
Sligo: Darren McMullen, Brendan Glynn, Chris Nairn, Rory Keirns, Keith Farry, Niall Kenneally, Colin Keane, David Bergin, Aron Loftus, Evan O’ Donnell, Micheal McMorrow, Tighe Power, Thomas Gormley, Thomas Stenson, Adam Galea, subs used Craig Adams, Stephen Mullaney, Paddy Mannion, Luke Henderson, Francis Hazelton.
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