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U13s through to Connacht Cup Final

Sligo RFC’s youngest 15 a side team were convincing winners over Ballina in a thrilling cup semi final contest in Hamilton Park on Saturday.

Sligo U13s open the scoring after 5 minutes

The Sligo boys started strongly receiving the kick off and retaining the ball well in the early phases with openside flanker Dean Davey soon breaking free to cross for the first score. Out Half Mark Tempany stepped up to slot the conversion adding the points.

Sligo continued to apply the pressure with some strong ball carries by their forwards , good interplay and swift passing by their backs seeing winger Abhainn Savage get over in the corner.  

Ballina came back strongly with some excellent play stretching the Sligo cover and getting in for a well worked try just before half time.

After the break the visitors came back strongly and closed on Sligo with another good try narrowing the score board to 12 – 10.

Sligo U13’s Abhainn Savage celebrates after scoring a try to put Sligo 22-15 up

A well organised Sligo were soon back in control with structured play and rampaging runs by their forwards leading to another good try when Issac Marsden made the line. 

The local boys continued to apply the pressure and soon got the ball wide to release pacey Savage again for an impressive run down the right and finished under the posts. Again, Mark Tempany was on target for the conversion. 

Ballina fought back well and pinned Sligo in their half with some good tactical kicking and open play stretching the Sligo defence. This yielded a fine try in the closing minutes however as the whistle blew it was Sligo’s day with the scoreboard showing a 24 – 12 victory for the home team. 

Sligo meet Buccaneers RFC, Athlone in the final to be played in The Sports Ground in Galway on Apri 14th.

Heartbreak for Sligo U16s

Sligo 10 – Ballina 14

After the first quarter-final battle ended up 19-19, Sligo were hoping to make the most of home advantage to topple local rivals Ballina, who were hot favourites to win the Connacht U16 Cup.

There was a sizeable home crowd in attendance and the atmosphere was charged, typical of a cup tie.  The game started at a fast pace and the home wise were quick to settle, putting pressure on Ballina and maintaining possession.  However, it was the visitors who were first to break the deadlock.  A sweeping move by Sligo, with the ball being moved wide through the hands, was intercepted by the pacey Ballina fullback and he punched through the Sligo defence to touch down to the left of the posts. The out half added the extras to bring the score to 0-7.

U16s battle against Ballina in the Cup semi-final

Sligo regained possession from the restart and piled on the pressure.  The forwards did a great job of picking and driving their way up the pitch, going through the phases and pulling the Ballina defence out of position.  A strong drive from the back of a ruck, supported by the pack, eventually drove Ewan Ripon over the line for a well-deserved 5points.  Out half Oisin Cregg had a difficult kick to level the game, but he judged it to perfection, kicking into the wind and curling the ball inside the upright.  Sligo continued to control the game for the remaining 8 minutes of the half.  Persistent infringements by the visitors eventually led to a penalty in front of the posts and Cregg assuredly slotted the ball home to bring the score to 10-7 on the half-time whistle.

Sligo U16s double-team a Ballina player

The second half was a dogged affair with Sligo dominating in the line-out and having the lion’s share of possession.  The greasy conditions led to a lot of handling errors on both sides, but it was the home side who continued to press, looking for the next score.  A Cregg penalty was well struck from quite a distance but didn’t have the legs and the margin between the two sides remained a mere three points.  Sligo once again applied pressure from the restart, but it was Ballina who made the breakthrough, when they pounced on a loose ball and kicked through the Sligo defence.  A chase ensued, and the Ballina centre picked it up and sped through to score a try.  The conversion brought the score to 10-14, with only minutes left on the clock.  The Sligo lads kept their heads and kept fighting for the ball.  They regained possession and pushed for the line.  Repeated infringements by the opposition resulted in a string of penalties for the home side, bringing them within metres of the line each time, however only a try would suffice, and the clock was against them. Sligo kept the pressure on, but Ballina eventually won the ball back and kicked it to touch to end the game and put themselves into the Cup semi-final against Corinthians.

It was heartbreak for the Sligo lads, who put in a huge effort, giving 100% right until the final whistle.  Great credit must go to all the players for their dedication throughout the season and a huge thanks to the coaching team of Hagan Mc Quaid, Michael O’Hehir, Wesley Maxwell and John Garvey, as well as all the parents for their support during the year.

U16 Cup Thriller

Ballina 19   – Sligo 19

Sligo U16s travelled to Ballina RFC last Saturday for the hotly anticipated Connacht Cup quarter final and local derby.  Ballina U16s took to the field full of confidence after a great year of results, having only lost a single game all year and having had comprehensive victories over Sligo both home and away.  However, this was cup rugby and the script was promptly thrown out the window, as the weather played its part in upsetting the favourites.

From the first whistle the home side quickly showed their dominance and put 7points on the board.  However, Sligo kept their heads and patiently worked their way up the field to score under the posts and level the scores.
Both sides tried to gain the upper hand with the Ballina scrum having the upper hand and the Sligo lineout having more success.

Ballina made the most of the wind behind their backs and proceeded to put another converted try between the two sides. The visitors again kept a level head and soon after crossed the whitewash to level it. Possession continued to change hands and both sides were battling the elements, as well as each other.  Again, it was the home side that put another try on the score board, but the strong wind pushed it wide of the posts and the difference between the teams was 5points.  With the clock ticking by, Sligo knew they had to make one last determined push for the Ballina line. The strong Sligo pack set up a maul and drove for the line, the Sligo scrum half broke down the blind side and touched down in the corner to even the scores.
The difficult conversion drifted wide, much to the relief of the home crowd.  This was a hugely entertaining game and the quarter final replay will now be played in Hamilton Park on 

Sligo: Adam Fox, Adam Hunter, Ben Garvey, Brady Lynch, Ciaran Cawley, Ciaran Dolan, Conal Kennedy, Cormac Fahey, Conor Mullaney, Dara Foy, Eoin Ryan, Evin Ballantine, Ewan Ripon, Fionn Feeley, Fionn O’Hehir, Jim Sweeney, Kian Reynolds, Leo Layden, Liam Candon, Niall O’Connor, Oisin Cregg, Oisin Diffley, Olan Martin, Ronan Gray, Sean Gilvarry, Sonny Muldoon, Eoghan Lang, Hugo Filan.

Local Derby Ends in a Draw

Sligo U18.5s took to the pitch against bitter rivals Ballina in a highly contested and tense affair. There is never any love lost between the two neighbouring sides and it was the home side who had the first opportunity to draw first blood, winning a penalty within kickable distance. Hubert Gilvarry struck the ball well, but the upright denied the home side the opening score of the game. Sligo enjoyed a period of sustained pressure in the opening 15 minutes, with Ballina struggling to get out of their own half. The game remained scoreless well into the first half, but the visitors eventually settled and indiscipline in the Sligo defence gave Ballina the edge they needed to cross the whitewash and go 7 points ahead.

Sligo were quick to regroup, and a determined Sligo pack were eventually rewarded with the equalising score, when Luke Hogge made a strong run to dot the ball down. The try was converted by Gilvarry. The game continued in the same vein as before, with big hits going in on both sides, and there was nothing between the sides at half time.

The weather then took a turn for the worse, with the rain making handling difficult. A lapse in concentration in the Sligo defence allowed the big centre from Ballina to power through the gap and touch down in the corner. With only 5 minutes left on the clock, a determined Sligo team secured the ball from the restart and a well-worked move fed the ball to Donnacha Byrne, fresh from international duty in Italy, who powered over the line in the corner. The difficult conversion fell short and the two sides remained deadlocked at 12-12 right up to the final whistle.

U15s Shine in Local Derby

Sligo U15s 27 Ballina U15s 17

The victorious Sligo RFC U15 team, sporting their new youth jerseys, sponsored by Cosgroves Centra Maugheraboy

Local rivals Sligo and Ballina U-15s showcased rugby in Hamilton Park on Saturday. Played in excellent spirits throughout, both sides boasted talent across their respective teams. Sligo emerged with the victory on this occasion against a well-drilled Ballina team.

Jack Dennison crosses the whitewash to score the first of three tries for Sligo U15s

Man-of-the-Match Jack Dennison adopted to his new role of full back with a three try contribution and two second half tackles as the last man at the back took down rangy opponents in open play. The Ballina backs were threatening but well-marshalled by a committed Hugo Filan and an elusive Sean McLoughlin, while in the forwards, prominent displays by Allister Hill and James McDermott kept Sligo inching forward. 
The scores were tit-for-tat all the way, with three from Dennison and one from Filan. A conversion and penalty from all-action out half David Keyes kept Sligo’s nose in front throughout.

All the pack made big contributions with good handing from Matthew Ryan in the first half and second half substitutes Ferdia Fitzgerald, Cathal Shovlin and Eoin Mulkeen prominent with their tackling and carrying. Sligo’s bench were probably the difference in the end, as this U-15 team continues to both improve and entertain.

U10s: Aviva Blitz

Sligo U10s competed in the Aviva blitz hosted by Corinthians on Saturday. Sligo RFC were well-represented with two panels and a total of 28 players. Our teams played Corinthians, Galwegians, Buccaneers, Creggs, Ballina, Ballinasloe, Oughterard & Gort. All games ended in a draw (minis rules!) but both teams acquitted themselves very well and matched anything they came up against. Well done to all the players, coaches & parents involved

U14s Battle Ballina

Ballina 17 – Sligo 29

Sligo U14s travelled to Heffernan Park on Saturday to play against local rivals Ballina. Conditions were excellent for rugby and the visitors were psyched up for the match. This turned out to be a bruising encounter between the two sides, with the lead changing hands several times throughout the 50 minutes. The home side were determined to clock up their second win of the season, but Sligo had other plans and wanted to maintain their 100% record. The game proved to be an entertaining battle between the two sides, but it was a disciplined Sligo side who clocked up the final scores to secure another vital win in the Connacht U14 league. Next game for the U14s is on 13th October, at home to Corinthians RFC.

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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