Sligo played Ballyshannon, away, in a training game on Saturday last, and in the end emerged decisive winners. With a number of players in France at present, Sligo fielded an experimental side, and their first half performance was blighted by a series of basic errors.
In that period, Sligo should have dotted down half a dozen times, as their pack was providing the ideal platform, but some basic handling errors negatived their efforts. At half time Sligo led by 10-0, with full-back, Kakaber Machitidze, just back after injury, crossing for two tries. Sligo were a vastly improved side after the break, as the half time team talk was obviously instrumental in ironing out some of the basic defects in their game. They crossed for four more tries in this half, with former Georgian International, Machitidze again touching down, while Joe Sweeney, Gavin Foley and Gary Conneally also scored tries, with Julian Rippon landing two conversions.
The last action of the day was a Ballyshannon try, to give Sligo a 32-8 victory. Sligo’s best performers were Joe Sweeney, prop Ronan Gillespie, and newcomer, Stephen Woods, formerly of Buccaneers, in the pack, and hat-trick hero, Kakaber Machitidze, and winger, Thomas Darcel in the backs.
Sligo: Kakaber Machitidze, Thomas Darcel, Julian Rippon, Cathal Culhane, Ciaran Stafford, Gavin Foley, Warner Wilder, Martin Feeney, Gary Conneally, Ronan Gillespie, Peter Mullan, Simon Coulter, Stephen Woods, David Greene, Joe Sweeney. Subs:[Used] David Kilcoyne, Ross O’Boyle.