In preparation for the upcoming Connacht League the Sligo U-16 squad traveled north to play a friendly against Enniskillen RFC last Saturday.Â The squad has recently combined with the U-15 players which should prove beneficial to both age groups in terms of training and competition.
Enniskillen have always proved to be formidable opponents in the past, and with some of Sligo U-16â€™s unable to travel the odds were stacked against Sligo, especially as the squad had many newcomers and players trying out new positions.
Five minutes into the match the odds looked worse when Enniskillen ran in an early try. However, in what the coaches hope is an encouraging sign for the future, the team refused to be demoralised, grew more determined and battled on.
After a few early mistakes, the forwards came together, pushing Enniskillen back into their own half; dominating at the breakdown and scrummaging well. Sligo backs quickly found their form and forced many tactical errors from Enniskillen, while Sligoâ€™s own ball handling and decision-making looked superb at this early stage of the season.
The final score of 12-19 was a fair reflection of a hard game, well played by both sides.
TRIES: R.Keegan, W.Weaver, K.Cox
CONS: E.Dougherty, K.Cox
Training continues every Friday at Hamilton Park and new players are more than welcome at any time.