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PRE: Sligo Development v Ballina RFC 2nds

Ballina 2nd XV 7 – Sligo RFC Development 26

The Development squad played their first challenge match against Ballina 2nd XV in advance of the start of the J1A League in September. This was an opportunity for newly appointed Head Coach Ross O’Boyle and his coaching staff of James and Garry O’Hehir, along with managers Roger Burrows and Jack Barry to see the many new players in action.

Enda Gavin plays scrum half

Sligo had great depth in their squad and this was apparent in the many substitutions made throughout the game, allowing the former U18.5s their first taste of Junior rugby and they certainly made their presence felt on the pitch, getting stuck in from the start. Sligo dominated in all areas of the game, and the final score reflected this.

Sligo’s David Cawley intercepts the ball in the lineout

The pack dominated at the breakdown and in the lineouts, while the back line worked the ball out wide, stringing together some lovely flowing rugby, much to the delight of the Sligo supporters. Enda Gavin controlled the game at out-half and his passion and determination earned him the Man-of-the-Match award. The Development team will continue their pre-season matches against Galwegians next Saturday at 4.30pm.

CSL: Ballina v Sligo

Ballina RFC 35 – Sligo RFC 24

The local derby was always going to be a tough game and this 9 try thriller was no exception. Sligo RFC, winners of Division 2C in the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League last year, were missing several key players from their starting 15 and newly-promoted Ballina RFC were keen to prove themselves in the first game of the senior league.

It was a bruising encounter for both sides, with Sligo dominating in the scrum, but failing to make the most of their possession. Ballina opened the scoring in the first ten minutes and seemed the hungrier at the start of the game. Winger Phillip Carter touched down in the corner after a period of possession for the away side, but Niall Gray was unable to slot over the difficult conversion. Ballina crossed the whitewash again on the 35minute mark to bring the score to 14-5 at halftime.

Philip Carter scores in the corner for Sligo

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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.