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U13: Connacht Cup Semi-final

Monivea RFC 0 – Sligo RFC 17

Sligo’s U13 squad had their biggest test of the season last Sunday when they travelled away to Monivea, with a place in the Connacht final on 21st April at stake. As expected, Monivea took the game to Sligo from the very start. They ran at the Sligo defence at every opportunity, but the Sligo lads stood firm and tackled as if their lives depended on it. They were rewarded with a breakaway try from Conor Creavan. Monivea were in attack, but spilled the ball in a tackle, which allowed Conor to pick the ball and run towards the Monivea try line. A great cover tackle from Monivea prevented the try at that instance, but following a couple of exchanges of possession, Creavan spotted a gap and touched down, to the relief of the team and the travelling supporters.

U13s through to Connacht Cup Final after 17-0 win over Monivea

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UBL: Super Sligo Stun Malahide

Malahide RFC 32 – Sligo RFC 34

Sligo moved back to the top of the Ulster Bank League division 2c going into the final game with a, five trys to four, two point margin victory over a powerful Malahide outfit in an enthralling encounter on Saturday. Sligo came out on top in an incredible game in which the lead changed hands seven times and will long be remembered in the minds of the large travelling Sligo support.

The Sligo crowd celebrate Mike Wells’ drop goal, which puts Sligo 2 points in front

With the Malahide home ground at Estuary road declared unplayable, the match was moved to the excellent all weather surface at Belvedere College which was ideally suited for fast running rugby and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

Malahide, with former Ireland International Mike Ross in the front row and ex Guinness pro 12 winner Danny Poolman lining out in the centre, kicked off into the Sligo pack. Sligo gathered and immediately took the fight to their hosts. The early exchanges were intense with both sides testing their defensive opposites before Sligo made the initial breakthrough on the 7th minute.

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Sligo RFC U12s compete in European Tournament

Easter weekend saw Sligo Rugby Club U12’s in action European invitational blitz hosted by Malahide RFC.

Sligo were proud to be the sole Connacht representatives and fielded two teams over both days of the event.
The Sligo boys had the opportunity to test themselves against very strong opposition from professional clubs in Europe such as Clermont Auvergne of France and San Dona of Northern Italy. They also came up against Glasgow based West of Scotland as well as Leinster Club Barnhall and host club Malahide.

The Sligo teams performed proudly in their games with the overseas teams despite their considerable physical advantage with one of the Sligo teams giving the French and Italians their best contests of the weekend. Against their counterparts in Leinster, Sligo were on top in most of their games.

The Michael Campbell Trophy was awarded to the winners Clermont Auvergne based on points awarded for embodiment of the ethos of mini rugby, for outstanding skill, positive communication, team spirit, respect for all in involved as well as tries scored.

U13s Stage Incredible Comeback

NUIG 17 – Sligo RFC 40

Sligo’s U13s were back in Cup action again last Sunday and had a long trip to Dangan to take on NUIG with a place in the cup semi-final at stake.  Sligo got off to probably the worst imaginable leaking 2 quick tries and found themselves 12 nil behind with only 8 mins gone in the game.
The conditions for rugby couldn’t have been better.  Sligo played with a slight breeze in their back and settled into the game when they realised that they looked threatening when they kept the ball in hand and the tempo up.  Sligo scored their 1st try following excellent ground work by the pack with a super jinking break from Sligo’s 2nd centre Oisín Conlon to the relief of the squad and travelling supporters.  Sligo No.10 Oisín O’Neill added the extra 2 with the conversion.  Tackling and commitment from both sides was excellent.  Territory was key and Sligo finished the half in the NUIG 22 and were rewarded by an excellent score by Conor Creaven  on the left wing when he took a pass from O’Neill, rounded the last defender and ran towards to the posts to improve the angle of the conversion which was duly converted again by Oisín O’Neill.  This left the half time score at 14-12 to Sligo. Continue reading

UBL: No joy on the road for Sligo

Omagh Academicals RFC 22 – Sligo RFC 14

Sligo’s poor form on the road continued when they they lost out to Omagh Academicals with an error strewn performance at the Thomas Mellon playing fields on Saturday. As a result Sligo have now dropped to 3rd place in the Ulster Bank League division 2C 5 points behind leaders Malahide with 3 games remaining.

With an early start time of 12 noon Sligo kicked off into the teeth of the strong wind. The early exchanges looked promising with Sligo having the edge at the scrum and putting pressure on the Omagh throw at the lineout but it was the hosts that opened the scoring with a penalty after 17 minutes.

Sligo looked to immediately respond but a loose pass was intercepted by the on-rushing Omagh defence resulting in the concession of a try under the posts.

Sligo’s woes were further compounded 5 minutes later when Omagh picked up their second try of the afternoon with a flowing move down the left. Continue reading

U14 Cup: NUIG v Sligo

NUIG 5 – Sligo RFC 66

Sligo U14s began their Connacht Cup campaign with a comprehensive 66-5 win over NUIG on a bright, sunny day in Dangan last Saturday. Despite a number of absences as a result of sickness and injury the Sligo side ran in a total of 12 tries against their rivals. Top try scorer was Jack Dennison with three tries; tries also for Alastair Hill, Eoghan Lang, Hugo Filan and Ben Graham.

Spirited performances from the forwards pack with notable contributions from Andrew Barlow, Sam White, Matthew Ryan and Teddy Kilgallen. Sean McLoughlin at outhalf had another great outing including a contribution to the try fest.

Second half saw the introduction of a strong subs bench including a front row comprising Eoin Mulkeen, Malachy Costigan and Oisin Lawley and Daniel Casey at scrum half.

Next stage in the campaign is an at home clash with Ballinasloe on March 3rd’. The determination of this squad was evident at training the following day as they acknowledged the work required in their tackling and at the breakdown.

Comprehensive Cup Win for Sligo U16s

Ballinrobe RFC U-16 07 – Sligo RFC U-16 62

On Saturday last the Sligo U16s travelled to Ballinrobe in the first round of the Connacht Cup.
On a glorious day for rugby, Sligo started the strongest scoring penalty after 4 mins, the away side continued to mount the pressure on this young Ballinrobe side, scoring 29 points in the first half.

Sligo U-16 Max King, Man of the Match against Ballinrobe

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UBL: Sligo tripped up in Tullamore

Tullamore RFC 32 – Sligo RFC 17

Following their Bateman Cup heroics last weekend Sligo were brought back down to earth with a bang by a hungry Tullamore outfit in the refixed Ulster Bank League fixture at Spollanstown on Saturday. The midlanders outscored Sligo by 6 try’s to 2 to claim the bonus point victory and send Sligo home empty handed.

With underfoot conditions proving challenging but little or no breeze evident, Sligo kicked off playing towards the clubhouse end. Tullamore had the better of the early exchanges but a missed Karl Dunne penalty after 5 minutes meant no reward was earned for the early dominance.

Tullamore stuck to their task and with 15 minutes gone picked up the opening score following some good continuity play from a scrum on the Sligo 10 metre line. Dunne was wide with the conversion.

Sligo were stirred into a response and hit back within 5 minutes. A penalty awarded on the halfway line was expertly dispatched to the corner by outhalf Mark Butler. Shane O’Hehir found Matthew Cosgrove in the lineout and the pack drove over the line with captain Shane Boyle on hand to touch down. Jack Keegan added a well struck conversion to put Sligo into the lead.
The lead was short lived however and Tullamore hit back with their second try following a turnover from a Sligo scrum.

Sligo again tried to respond but an error in a Sligo attack saw the ball spill loose and Tullamore centre Brian Geraghty reacted quickest , hacked the Boyle forward and won the race to the touch down. Dunne’s conversion set the halftime score to 17-7 in favour of the hosts.
Unfortunately for Sligo the pattern continued after the interval with the locals capitalising on a Sligo error to pick up the bonus point try.

Sligo gamely tried to respond but Tullamore were managing the greasy conditions more efficiently and picked off two more tries from Sligo errors before Sligo’s Mark Rooney grabbed a consolation score for his side at the death.

Sligo will look to put this blip behind them and get back to winning ways as they host Seapoint RFC next Saturday. The match kicks off at 2.30 at Hamilton Park.

Sligo : Jack Keegan, Calum Goddard, Mark Rooney, Mike Wells, Philip Carter, Mark Butler, Garry O’Hehir, Mark Keegan, Shane O’Hehir, Conor Mitchell, James Wilson, Ciaran Cassidy, Shane Boyle (Capt), Manu Parkin, Matthew Cosgrove. Reps Shane Mc Guinness, Ross O’Boyle, David Heath, Niall Gray, Sean Mullen.

J1A: Sligo lose out to mud-bath in Ballina

Ballina RFC 38 – Sligo RFC 10

Sligo Development Team went down fighting in the local derby against J1A table-toppers Ballina RFC. It was an early start to a Sunday morning, with an 11a.m. kick-off. The pitch conditions reflected the effects of the heavy rains from the previous 24 hours, but the Ballina grounds had no lying water and the referee deemed the pitch playable. From the whistle, it was obvious that there would be a high count on handling errors, but it was Ballina who adjusted best to the conditions and they were 14-3 ahead after 25 minutes. Sligo piled on the pressure but failed to capitalise on their possession and it was Ballina who added to their tally again just before half-time, bringing the score to 19-3.

The home-side were quick to extend their lead in the second half with an intercept try in the opening minute. Scrummaging was proving difficult as the conditions on the muddy pitch continued to deteriorate but it was Sligo who best adapted to this and Ballina were penalised for their many infringements around the scrum. The away-side stuck to their game plan of pushing up in defence and this tactic finally paid off, with a spectacular intercept try by Matt Kavanagh from within his own 22, which was duly converted by the trusty boot of Niall Gray. However, the many handling errors on both sides continued to mar any hope of a free-flowing game and possession flitted from one side to the other. Ballina continued to drive forward and despite the heroic tackling of Sligo’s Charlie Cooper and Mattie Davey, the home side added a further two tries in the closing minutes of the game, to bring the final score to 38-10. It was a tough learning curve for the young Sligo side, who will undoubtedly improve on today, intent on providing a more consistent 80 minute performance in future games. They remain third in the league and travel to Galwegians next Sunday to try and cement their position above Buccaneers in the J1A Connacht League.

Sligo: Craig Adams, Ross O’ Boyle, Aaron Tansey, Liam Mc Elhinney, James Mc Guinness, Christian Neilsen, Ross Hickey, Mattie Davey, Jake Sexton, Enda Gavin, Niall Gray, Matt Kavanagh, Charlie Cooper, Sean Mullin, Niall O’Hara, Stewart O’Brien, Hugh Kinsbyugh Hu

J1A: Sligo Seal the Deal in Snowy Westport

Westport 1st XV 10 – Sligo Development XV 16

It was doubtful whether the game would go ahead last Sunday, with weather conditions not being so conducive to rugby, but Sligo made the journey to a picturesque Westport and succeeded in securing their second win over the experienced home side.

Niall Gray was once again wearing his golden boots, slotting home the first two scores of the game. Liam McElhinney added to his side’s tally with a well-worked try, which was duly converted by Gray. The home team failed to put any points on the score board and the half-time score was 13-0.

Another penalty from the accurate boot of Gray brought Sligo to a 16 point lead. However, it was Westport who finished strongly against a tiring Sligo side, scoring two successive unconverted tries, which led to a tense final 12 minutes of the game. Sligo held on for another impressive win in the arctic conditions of a bitterly cold Westport pitch.