Monivea RFC 0 – Sligo RFC 17
Sligo’s U13 squad had their biggest test of the season last Sunday when they travelled away to Monivea, with a place in the Connacht final on 21st April at stake. As expected, Monivea took the game to Sligo from the very start. They ran at the Sligo defence at every opportunity, but the Sligo lads stood firm and tackled as if their lives depended on it. They were rewarded with a breakaway try from Conor Creavan. Monivea were in attack, but spilled the ball in a tackle, which allowed Conor to pick the ball and run towards the Monivea try line. A great cover tackle from Monivea prevented the try at that instance, but following a couple of exchanges of possession, Creavan spotted a gap and touched down, to the relief of the team and the travelling supporters.
This Saturday, 14th April at 2.30pm, the final league game of the season goes down to the wire, with the top two teams, both on 51 points after 17 games, scheduled to play each other, to decide who gets the one automatic qualifying spot to get into Division 2B of the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League.
This fixture is like something out of a Hollywood movie, complete with all the bad clichés and catchphrases. It really is a case of winner takes all. Sligo have home advantage and are hoping for a huge turnout from their supporters. Free entry for all under 18s, adults €5.
In the wake of the highly successful Strictly Sligo Rugby fundraiser, anyone who shows a Strictly Sligo Rugby programme will also get free admission.
The final pre-match lunch of the season is at 1p.m. at a cost of €20p.p., which includes complimentary wine and entry to the match. Places are limited, so contact John on 087 6212414 to book your place. There will be a cheese reception post-match, complete with prosecco bar, followed by live music with Dean Mahon.
This promises to be the clash of the titans and one match you do not want to miss.
Malahide RFC 32 – Sligo RFC 34
Sligo moved back to the top of the Ulster Bank League division 2c going into the final game with a, five trys to four, two point margin victory over a powerful Malahide outfit in an enthralling encounter on Saturday. Sligo came out on top in an incredible game in which the lead changed hands seven times and will long be remembered in the minds of the large travelling Sligo support.
With the Malahide home ground at Estuary road declared unplayable, the match was moved to the excellent all weather surface at Belvedere College which was ideally suited for fast running rugby and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
Malahide, with former Ireland International Mike Ross in the front row and ex Guinness pro 12 winner Danny Poolman lining out in the centre, kicked off into the Sligo pack. Sligo gathered and immediately took the fight to their hosts. The early exchanges were intense with both sides testing their defensive opposites before Sligo made the initial breakthrough on the 7th minute.
Sligo RFC 31 – Bruff RFC 10
Sligo put themselves firmly back into contention for a shot at the Ulster Bank League Division 2C title with a comprehensive 4 try bonus point win over a sturdy Bruff outfit at Strandhill on Saturday.
With two rounds of games remaining Sligo are sitting in second position one point behind leaders Thomond RFC and joint with third placed Malahide RFC. The sting in the tail being that Sligo’s two final league games commence with an away visit to Malahide followed by a potential mouth watering season deciding finale at home to Thomond. The ball is in Sligo’s court and two wins over their nearest rivals will see the long coveted Division 2c title residing in Hamilton park for the next 12 months. Continue reading
Sligo RFC 11 – Creggs 9
Sligo RFC’s development team paved the way for a Connacht Junior Cup final encounter against local rivals Ballina with a hard fought win over Creggs. The home side had a slow start, under pressure for the first 20 minutes, but their defence stood up to the waves of attack from Creggs. Neither side crossed the whitewash in the first half but the trusty boot of Niall Gray gave Sligo a 6-3 lead after 40 minutes.
The second half opened with a flurry and Creggs once again stepped up the pressure on the home side and were rewarded with an equalising penalty on the 45minute mark. The sides remained deadlocked until 6minutes before the final whistle. Sligo patiently worked their way up the pitch and Creggs found themselves defending their line through countless phases of possession, until Christian Neilsen finally punched through at the side of a ruck to score the first try of the game. Gray coolly slotted the conversion home, to give the home side a 7point advantage. Creggs opted for the long kick in the restart, and eventually won the ball back, spreading it wide to the wing for a touchdown in the corner. Much to the delight of the home supporters, the difficult conversion failed to add the equalising points and a relieved Sligo side held on for the final two minutes of the game to advance to the final in the Sportsground, Galway on March 25th.
Sligo Development Team:
Craig Adams, Ross O’ Boyle, Jamie Bowes, David Cawley, Jake Sexton, Mattie Davey, Christian Neilsen, Ross Hickey, Gary O’Hehir, Niall Gray, Stewart O’ Brien, Gavin Foley, Charlie Cooper, Sean Mullin, Enda Gavin,
NUIG 17 – Sligo RFC 40
Sligo’s U13s were back in Cup action again last Sunday and had a long trip to Dangan to take on NUIG with a place in the cup semi-final at stake. Sligo got off to probably the worst imaginable leaking 2 quick tries and found themselves 12 nil behind with only 8 mins gone in the game.
The conditions for rugby couldn’t have been better. Sligo played with a slight breeze in their back and settled into the game when they realised that they looked threatening when they kept the ball in hand and the tempo up. Sligo scored their 1st try following excellent ground work by the pack with a super jinking break from Sligo’s 2nd centre Oisín Conlon to the relief of the squad and travelling supporters. Sligo No.10 Oisín O’Neill added the extra 2 with the conversion. Tackling and commitment from both sides was excellent. Territory was key and Sligo finished the half in the NUIG 22 and were rewarded by an excellent score by Conor Creaven on the left wing when he took a pass from O’Neill, rounded the last defender and ran towards to the posts to improve the angle of the conversion which was duly converted again by Oisín O’Neill. This left the half time score at 14-12 to Sligo. Continue reading
Sligo RFC 35 – Claremorris 5
On Sunday last the Sligo U16s hosted Claremorris in the U16s Connacht Cup quarter-final at Hamilton park. The Sligo Squad were without key players Max King, Dara Cregg and Damien Cullen due to injury but were still able field a very strong 23.
Sligo started the stronger and quickly exposed huge gaps in the Claremorris defense with a superb team try by new player Cian Barden and converted by out half Finn Young. After 5 mins tight head prop Eddie Coyle suffered a knee injury and was replaced by Cillian McMeekin who slotted into the back row with Patrick Dixon moving to prop. Sligo continued to dominate with a excellent try by Rowan Elliot in the corner after he received a loop pass from scrumhalf Cathal Feely, this was followed by another well worked try by Cathal Feely leaving the half time score at 17 – 0.
Sligo started the second half well and quickly secured another try from flanker Cillian McMeekin. Sligo then began to offload their bench with substitutes Jim Davis and Mark McGlynn swapping in a 9 and 10. Claremorris had no answer for Sligo’s pressure with further scores from Jim, Cathal and Rowan Elliot leaving a final score of 36 – 5.
Next up for Sligo is a semi-final against the winners of Galwegians and Greggs scheduled for the weekend of the 24/25 March.
Sligo: Damien Cullen Vega, Callum Wall, Edward Coyle, Michael Broaders, Patrick Dixon, Stephen Doyle, Matthew O’Hara, Robert Reynolds, Jamie Reynolds, Ronan Elliott, Josh Cronin, Cian Barden, Louis Scott, Michael D Cregg, Cathal Feely, Ben Millar, Cillian McMeekin, Finn Young, Jack Carroll, James Davis, Mark McGlynn, Danny Funke, Marc O’Hehir, Patrick Badowski, Mark Erwin, Ronan Gilmartin
Sligo RFC 15 – Ballinasloe 10
Sligo U14s progress to the semi-finals of the Connacht Cup after a hard fought win over Ballinasloe on a blustery afternoon at Hamilton Park.
Sligo scored first after 8 minutes as Alastair Hill barged across the line despite good Ballinasloe tackling. Shortly afterwards Ballinasloe followed with a converted try. The visitors added a penalty score to make it 10-5 at half-time.
A resurgent Sligo hit back in the second half with a magnificent intercept try by centre Hugo Filan who touched down behind the posts. David Keyes slotted over the conversion. A penalty kick by David from a very tight angle brought the score to 15 – 10 but with 10 minutes to go Sligo were not out of danger.
With Sligo looking to extend their lead they came close to breaching the strong Ballinasloe defences. In the last 5 minutes the action moved dramatically to the Sligo 5 metre line. The Sligo defences scrambling to repel the attack. Sligo won three scrums on their 5 metre line, one against the head. The tension only ending with the ball being kicked out two minutes after the clock went red.
This was a disciplined and intent Sligo team. Strong tackling by Ben Cawley, Jack Dennison and Sergey Donoghue helped Sligo relieve pressure on a number of occasions. The forward pack operated as a tight unit with notable contributions in particular from front rowers Teddy Kilgallen and replacement prop Ross Clark.
Matthew Ryan in the second row and James McDermott in the back row were very much in evidence around the field with big contributions.