Sligo suffered their second one point defeat in two weeks with a defeat in their final 2018 Connacht Senior league encounter at Strandhill last Saturday. Despite outscoring their opponents by two tries to one, Sligo failed to capitalise on possession and territorial dominance and the visitors held on at the finish to take the spoils.
With the drizzling rain making handling tricky, Sligo kicked off playing towards the airport end and quickly put pressure on the tribesmen. The early endeavour provided a well-earned dividend with a penalty award from a scrum inside the Corinthians 22. Outhalf mark Butler went to the corner and Diarmuid O’Dowd Hill secured the lineout. Sligo attempted to maul but Corinthians foiled the drive so the ball was moved infield. Jason Havea and O’Dowd Hill both carried before scrum half Brendan Cunningham switched the play back to the right and Butler’s well timed pass gave centre Ryan Feehily the opportunity to crash over in the corner. Continue reading →
Sligo kickstarted their 2018-19 season with an excellently crafted victory over a lively Galwegians outfit in their second Connacht Senior League fixture played at Strandhill on Saturday.
Sligo scored 5 trys to a solitary Wegians effort as they collected a welcome bonus point to bolster their senior league challenge.
With conditions perfect for running rugby the match kicked off with Sligo playing towards the airport end. It was the visitors who started brightly owning the lions share of possession and putting the Sligo defence under heavy pressure. Sligo’s tackling was strong with front row forwrds Conor Mitchell, Craig Adams and Tom Gormely putting in a notable defensive effort. Continue reading →
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.