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U18.5s Triumph in Cup Quarter Final

Sligo 28  –  Corinthians 14

After a disappointing league campaign, 5th placed Sligo were drawn against 2nd placed Corinthians in the Connacht U18.5 Cup and they were under no illusions as to the mountain of a task that lay ahead.  A sizeable home crowd had gathered in anticipation of a cracker of a cup game and they were not disappointed.  It was the home team who started the stronger and enjoyed a considerable period of dominance over a frustrated Corinthians side.  Sligo were the first on the scoreboard with two successive penalties from the trusty boot of out half Hubert Gilvarry.  This was followed by a spirit comeback from the visitors, but they were unable to penetrate the solid Sligo defence.  A Luke Hogge try added another 5points to the home side on the half time whistle.

Hubert Gilvarry clears the lines for Sligo
Hubert Gilvarry clears the lines for Sligo

The second half saw a Corinthian’s resurgence, applying pressure in the Sligo 22.  They were eventually rewarded for their efforts and brought the score to 11-7.  Sligo immediately rallied, and the pack worked the ball down the pitch, with Donnacha Byrne crossing the line in the corner to stretch the lead to 9points.  Possession changed hands over the next ten minutes, but it was Corinthians who made the next break through down the Sligo touch line to score in the corner and slot home a difficult conversion to bring the score to 16-14.  This narrow margin seemed to spur the Sligo lads on and an impressive maul, off a lineout on the 10m line, drove Matthew Early over the try line, with only 10 minutes left on the clock.  Sligo sealed the deal with a sweeping move off a lineout on the halfway line.  The ball was worked wide through the hands and across the pitch for Will Whelan to speed up the wing and touch down in the corner.

Rock solid defence against Corinthians
Rock solid defence against Corinthians

This was an impressive game by the Sligo side and all focus is now on the semi-final of the Cup on 24th March against Ballinasloe.

Sligo: 1 Matthew Harte 2 Matthew Earley 3 Cullen Vega 4 Anderson 5 Cummings 6 Will Whelan 7 Adam West 8 Donnacha Byrne 9 Andrew Ward 10 Hubert Gilvarry 11 Brennan 12 Whelan 13 Ronan McGoldrick 14 Higgins, 15 Luke Hogge16 Darragh Mc Elhinney 17 Thomas Fox 18 Matthew Horan 19 Niall Stokes 20 Staunton

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.

Junior Cup: Replay goes to the wire!

The Sligo RFC Development Squad travelled to Galway Corinthians for a replay of the Junior Cup game which had been abandoned the previous Sunday due to a heavy fog .

The day was good with no signs of any inclement weather thought the pitch was very heavy underfoot. Sligo with some senior personnel missing kicked off into the Corinthians half and an early opportunity for a penalty kick to Sligo was missed but this offence due to Sligo pressure was an early indication of how the first half was to be played out with territorial superiority to Sligo.

After 13 minutes Sligo’s continued pressure resulted in a try by Sean Mullin and a surefooted Enda Gavin duly converted. 7-0 Sligo. Against the run of play Corinthians were awarded a penalty which gave them their first points on the score board 7-3 Sligo. Continue reading