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J1A: Connemara All-Blacks prove too strong for Sligo

Sligo Development 17 – Connemara 31

A depleted Sligo Development team played the first senior game on the newly opened second grass pitch last Sunday, taking on table-toppers Connemara in the Connacht J1A league. It was always going to be an uphill battle against a team who have only lost once this season, but the Sligo squad had been laid threadbare through injury and illness and had to call up players from The Gulls to bolster their ranks.

Sligo’s Robbie Ryan makes his debut at senior level

The visitors had the lion’s share of possession from the start and Sligo found themselves defending phase after phase of pressure, but their defence stood strong and it was the home side who took the lead with an Enda Gavin penalty after 21 minutes. Connemara equalised with a well-struck penalty of their own, but it took the visitors until the 35th minute to get their first try to give them a 3-10 lead. This was quickly followed by a second try as they breached a gap in the Sligo defence to go 3-17 up at half-time.

Jason Havea powers through the Connemara defence

The second-half opened with Sligo piling on the pressure, but Connemara were determined not to let the home side breach their line and a resurgent counter-attack resulted in a third try for the visitors on the 45 minute mark. All credit to the home side as they rallied the troops and after a period of sustained pressure, were rewarded with a try by powerhouse Jason Havea. Out half Enda Gavin added the extras to bring the score to 10-24. With 5 minutes left on the clock Connemara added another 7 points to their tally, securing the try bonus point, but it was the home side who closed out the scoring as Enda Gavin dived over the line and converted the try with the last play of the game.

Sligo: Patrick Saba, Liam Mc Elhinney, Ross O’Boyle, Gary Golden, David Cawley, Jake Sexton, Simon Coulter, Jason Havea, Garry O’Hehir, Kevin Connell, Sean Mullin, Robbie Ryan, Jack Gormley, Eoin Mc Cormack, Swifty, Alex Seapoint, Michael Healy, Terence O’Connor,

J2: Seagulls show character in defeat

On a blustery day at Hamilton Park, the Sligo 3XV, Seagulls kicked off their first league game in over 30 years at home against Connemara.

Connemara came down with a strong team including a few former Connacht academy players. Playing against a hard wind in the first half Sligo struggled the conditions and their temperament.

Bosco Harte, playing scrum half, releases his back line for another attack

Connemara raced into a 32-7 lead by half time, with a Sean Donnelly try being the Gulls only highlight of the first half. At half time, captain Terrance O’Connor and manager Podge Johnson, spoke honestly and tried to reinstall believe into the Seagulls.

In the second half, the Gulls came out fighting, in more ways than one! They had 2 men sent to the sin-bin and 1 man harshly sent off. This only seemed to reinvigorate the Sligo men. With the clock against them, they chased the game with swashbuckling style, running from every angle on the pitch.

At the full-time whistle, the brave Sligo men got the score back to a respectable 46-33 in Connamera’s favour. Manager Podge Johnson was very positive despite the defeat, saying if the gulls could start a game as they finished it, they would be a force to be reckoned with in the this division. Try scorers on the day were Sean Donnelly, Stuart O’Brien (2), Darren Harte and Jean de Roquefeuil.

Sligo Seagulls (3XV) team:
1. Patrick Saba
2. Vincent Reyenlds
3. Christope Perrot
4. Terrance O’Connor (c)
5. Dermot Kiely
6. Jordan Sexton
7. Peter Walople
8. Sean Donnelly
9. Frankie Feeney
10. Stuart O’Brien
11. Aron O’Donnell
12. Julian Ripon
13. Henri Liot de Nortbécourt
14. Wayne O’Hara
15. Jean de Roquefeuil

  1. Michael Healy
  2. James Tansey
  3. Nathanel Boulot
  4. Darren Harte
  5. Joe Callaghan
  6. Amin Shiek
  7. Jack Gormley

U18.5: Sligo beat table toppers Connemara All Blacks

Sligo RFC 30 – Connemara All Blacks 7

In what essentially was a repeat of last season League Final Connemara All Blacks and Sligo RFCs U18.5s battled it out in the neutral venue of Castlebar after Connemara had failed to provide a referee for the scheduled match 3 weeks earlier.

Choosing to play down wind in the first half Sligo quickly asserted themselves on the match and as in earlier encounters Connemara’s discipline in defence were to cost them dearly. On no fewer than 3 occasion in the first 20 mins Sligo were awarded a penalty on the Connemara 22 and the very talented out-half and captain Niall Gray did not disappoint resulting in Sligo leading 9-0 – after that Sligo never really looked back. Continue reading