Spring Time at Hamilton Park

Sligo 24 :: Connemara 0

Sligo u16 got their league aspirations back on track on Sunday last beating Connemara by 24 to nil with 4 tries from Sligo No 8 Aaron Spring. Sligo had a full panel to choose from with the exception of Sean Conlon (injured) and started the match strongly from the kick off. Sligo were soon camped in the Connemara 22 and from the first scrum Spring picked and broke down the blind side and brushed pass the covering tackles to score in the corner. Sligo missed the difficult conversion.

From the restart the Sligo lads again used the wind advantage to get a good field position and Caolan O Hehir won a good line out the pack drove forward with Tomas McMunn and Blyth McCormack prominent. Following a number of phases Connemara conceded a penalty and Donal Brady fed Aaron Spring on a well worked move and he broke through the cover for his second try. Pat Hughes was off target with the conversion.

After this Connemara began to settle and controlled possession for long periods, solid tackling from wing forwards David Heath and Enda Connolly ensured that they could not break through, but Sligo were pinned back in their own half until prop David French turnover possession. From the ruck Aaron Spring took the ball on sold a great dummy, accelerated through the gap leaving the Connemara defence in his wake to run 60 yards from a super individual try. Pat Hughes added the points to leave the score 17 to nil at half time.

Connemara started the second-half with wind in their backs and tested the Sligo defence but they held firm with some good tackles from outhalf Cathal Finneran and centre Keith Mc Golderick. Full back Pat Hughes and wingers James Clarke and Robbie Keegan dealt well with all the array of kicks that was put to them, from a counter attack from Hughes he fed Chris Nairn who made great ground before being hauled down near the 22 but Spring again popped up to burst through a number of would be tacklers and score under the posts , Chris Nairn added the points.

Overall this was a very competent display from the Sligo boys with good lineout possession from Caolan OHehir and Enda McManuas giving a good attacking platform, the Sligo back row were excellent in defence with replacement Gerard Keaney putting in some great work late in the second half.
All replacements were used and this victory sets the Sligo boys up for a show down with Galwegians at Strandhill on Sunday next.

Team: P.Hughes, J.Clarke, R.Keegan C.Nairn (Capt) K.McGolderick, C.Finneran, D.Brady, B.McCormack, T.McMunn, D.French, C.O’Hehir, E.McManuas, D.Heath, E.Connolly, A.Spring, Replacements: D.Rooney, A.Donnellan, P. Martin, CJ McCarrick, P.Laffey, O Cox, G.Keaney.