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Connacht League Final for Sligo U14s

Sligo U14s had a comfortable win over Corrib RFC last Sunday in Hamilton Park in the last 16 of the Connacht Cup. It was an excellent, all-round team performance, with tries from Ben Hayden (1), Oisin Conlon (2), Stefan Roche (1), Ronan O’ Hehir (2), Alex Harte (2), Robert O’ Kelly-Lynch (1) and Tom Walsh (1), with conversions by Oisin O’Neil ensuring safe passage to the quarter-final of the cup away to Buccaneers on March 2nd.

U14s’ Ben Hayden drives for the line against Corrib RFC

Focus now switches to the Connacht U14 League final next Saturday against fellow Division 1A team Corinthians R.F.C. This promises to be an enthralling contest with memories of last season’s cup final. The two sides shared the spoils in their league encounters this year, each winning their home match, but it was Sligo who topped the pool and under the excellent coaching team, led by Joe Walsh, will hopefully continue their winning ways.

Sligo U14s in Connacht League Final next weekend

Sligo U14s: Conor Clinton, Keelin Schoen, James Horan, Tom Walsh, Arran Platt, Max Hunter, Ambrose Bamber, Malachi Cullen, Jacob Kilcoyne, Oisin O’ Neill, Conor Crevan, Oisin Conlon, Ronan O’ Hehir, Oliver O’ Riordan, Robert O’Kelly-Lynch, Michael Honeyman, Aran Gilligan, Colm McGonagle, Ross Clifford, Lochlan Jordan, Ben Hayden, Alex Harte, Stefan Roche, Matthew Gallagher, Senan Fallon

U16s Through to Quarter Final

Sligo 29 – Corrib 7

Last Sunday saw Sligo R.F.C. U16s home in the first round of the Connacht U16 Cup against Corrib R.F.C. This was the first times for these two teams to meet. Corrib travelled with fourteen players and Sligo agreed to match their number for the start.

Sligo started strong and the game was tight to begin but Sligo fought hard and secured their first converted try early on, despite having an over-eager Conal Kennedy sin binned for an offside offence. Corrib did well but failed to make the most of their 10 minutes with an extra player.

U16s Ewan Ripon shrugs off a tackle, with Dara Foy in support

It took awhile for the home side to settle, but their experience eventually paid off and their dominance was obvious with tries from Oisin Cregg, Dara Foy and Eoin Ryan. Adam Hunter’s two tries and their subsequent conversions saw the home side stretch their lead to 29 points with no reply. The whole Sligo team played well as a unit and there was good interlinking between the pack and the back line.

U16s Oisin Cregg ready to lay the ball off

Great credit is due to Corrib who kept fighting right to the final whistle. With only minutes left in the game, the visitors retained possession, going through the phases and spotted an uncharacteristic lapse in the Sligo defence and scored a well-deserved try, which they converted to end the game.

U16s Niall O’ Connor drives through a tackle, with Jim Sweeney, Adam Hunter, OIsin Diffley and Eoin Ryan in support

All attention is now turned to the second round of the Connacht U16 Cup in two weeks’ time, which sees Sligo drawn away against a formidable Ballina team.

Sligo: Adam Hunter, Ben Garvey, Brady Lynch, Ciaran Cawley, Ciaran Dolan, Conal Kennedy, Cormac Fahey, Dara Foy, Eoin Ryan, Evin Ballantine, Ewan Ripon, Fionn Feeley, Jim Sweeney, Kian Reynolds, Niall O’Connor, Oisin Cregg, Oisin Diffley, Olan Martin, Sean Gilvarry, Sonny Muldoon. Coaches Michael O’Hehir, Wes Maxwell. John Garvey and Mark Fox.