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Barnhall take spoils in Strandhill

Sligo RFC 11 – Barnhall RFC 22

Sligo hosted All Ireland League Division 2B champions elect, Maynooth University Barnhall RFC, in an excellently fought encounter at Strandhill on Saturday. Sligo went into the game hoping to do what no other team in Division 2B had done all season and turn over their visitors, but a seven minute three try blitz, one before and two just after the interval put paid to Sligo’s hopes of causing an upset.

The home team kicked off and started brightly, taking the game to their guests. Early carries from Mata Fifita and Kuba Wotzicit put pressure on the visiting defence and Sean Wynne was a nuisance at the breakdown.

Sligo’s Ryan Feehily, nominated for Connacht Senior Club Player of the Year, in action against Barnhall

 Sligo opened their account after 12 minutes with an excellently struck Jack Keegan penalty but the visitors hit back 10 minutes later with a penalty of their own. The home team retook the lead with another Keegan penalty on the half hour but unfortunately for the large local support Sligo were unable to keep ahead. 

Right on the stroke of half time Barnhall took the initiative when a prolonged period of pressure resulted in a try in the corner to put the half time score at 6-8. 

Immediately after the resumption Barnhall rocked Sligo again with a well worked try and followed up with a fortunate effort from an intercept pass on the half way line. 

Sligo’s Philip Carter leaves his opposite number for dust

Despite the hammer blow of conceding the 3 trys Sligo gamely tried to work their way back into the game. The Sligo scrum was strong with fine work from Tom Gormely and Conor Mitchell. Shane O’Hehir was combining well with Rob Holian and Diarmuid O’Dowd Hill at the lineout and Half backs Ryan Feehily and Mark Butler were managing the play. The back three of Philip Carter, Calum Goddard and Niall Gray were a constant threat out wide.

Sligo’s endeavour was rewarded with a try from Wotzicit following some good work from Keegan,  Ciaran Cassidy and Matt Davey. Replacement Full Back Euan Browns’ conversion looked to have travelled inside the left post but the touch judges flags stayed down and the extras were not added. 

Diarmuid O’Dowd Hill secures the ball for Sligo

Sligo continued to press to add to the tally but the well organised visiting defence kept tight and the scoreboard remained at 11-22 until the long blast.

With 2 games to go Sligo lie in 4th place , 6 points ahead of 5th. A win in one of their final 2 fixtures will secure a playoff place, the target that Sligo had set themselves at the start of the season. Sligo now have a week break before travelling North to face Dungannon RFC in their penultimate league match on April 6th in Stevenson Park. 

Sligo: Niall Gray, Calum Goddard, Jack Keegan, Mata Fifita, Philip Carter, Mark Butler, Ryan Feehily, Kuba Wotzicit, Shane O’Hehir, Rob Holian, Ciaran Cassidy, Diarmuid O’Dowd Hill, Sean Wynne, Matt Davey. Reps Conor Mitchell, Jason East, Jake Sexton, Enda Gavin, Brendan Cunningham

All-Ireland League

Saturday 23rd March sees the second last home game of the season in Division 2B of the All-Ireland League. Sligo, currently in 4th place, take on league leaders M.U. Barnhall at 3.00p.m. in Hamilton Park.

There will be a pre-match lunch beforehand, open to all members and friends of Sligo RFC.  Tickets for the lunch are priced at €15 per person, which includes a 2 course lunch from The Glasshouse, complimentary wine and entry to the match.

AIL 2B: Sligo fall short in Barnhall

MU Barnhall RFC 25 – Sligo RFC 17

Sligo travelled to Kildare last Saturday for their third All Ireland League match of the season to take on table toppers MU Barnhall. The home outfit were sitting pretty on top of the Division 2B table with maximum points from the first two rounds, but Sligo had shown their mettle with a bonus point win over a fancied Dungannon outfit the previous week and were well up for the task of challenging the league leaders.

Storm Callum may have abated but the match day conditions proved tricky with a heavy drizzle making handling difficult for both sides despite an excellent track underfoot. Sligo opened well and dominated the early exchanges. The first opportunity for points came with a penalty award in front of the Barnhall posts but Sligo turned down the kick and opted for the scrum. The locals dug in and forced the penalty and the chance to open the scoring was lost.

The home team made the most of the reprieve and worked their way up the park and with virtually their first foray into Sligo territory, a sustained period of pick and drives resulted in Barnhall’s opening try. Continue reading

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.