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UBL: No joy for Sligo in Navan

Navan RFC 15 – Sligo RFC 5

Sligo’s bid to capture the 2016/17 Ulster Bank League division 2c crown ended in disappointment with defeat to league winners Navan at Balreask Old in the final round of regular season fixtures on Saturday. Having won ten UBL matches in a row Sligo entered the game full of confidence but were pitted against a Navan side that had only been bested three times in the entire league campaign, were undefeated in 2017, and whose biggest losing margin was a mere seven points. Going into the game three league points behind, Sligo not only had to win the match but also had to ensure that Navan were denied a losing bonus point because in the event of a tie on League points the Meath outfit had a superior scoring points difference. Continue reading

J1B: Sligo crowned League Champions!

Sligo RFC 51 – Loughrea RFC 0

Last Sunday the Sligo RFC Development Squad faced Loughrea in their final league game  at home in Hamilton Park on a beautiful warm afternoon. Sligo having lost only lost one game knew that beating Loughrea would see them crowned J1B Connacht Champions for the 2016-2017 season. A large crowd was in attendance, a nervous air of hopeful expectation hung over the pitch, this was understandable as Loughrea had beaten Tuam this season in a cup game, Tuam being the only side to beat Sligo out of 14 games.

Sligo RFC kicked off towards the Knocknarea end of the ground and as with every game this season the Sligo pack immediately put down an early marker by winning the first scrum in a powerful drive which lead to a rolling maul, involving Craig Adams, Ross O’Boyle, David Cawley and the bruising Thomas Gormley. When the maul crossed the Loughrea 5 meter line Sean Mullin joined and went straight through the middle, breaking the line to score a well earned try putting Sligo on the score board, 5-0. Continue reading

J1B : Sligo Power to Win over Closest Rivals

Sligo RFC 16 – Corinthians RFC 5
Sligo Development Squad faced Corinthians in Strandhill for what will probably be seen as the League Cup Final this season. After days of heavy rain the prospect of any game of rugby going ahead was slim. Coach Pearson believed it was critical to play this game at home so a group of Sligo RFC members went out early on Sunday morning to do some work on the pitch to ensure the game could go ahead removing excess water, scattering sand where necessary and with no rain that morning the referee gave the go ahead.

The game kicked off at 2.30 after the pitch had been bathed in some much needed sunshine for the previous hour though this was not forecast to continue and a deterioration in weather was probably required given Corinthians would try to power run the ball wide. Continue reading

J1B: SLIGO win ugly – but keep their League Promotion hopes alive

Last Sunday morning in Strandhill after heavy rain all night the possibility of a game of rugby looked bleak due to water present on the pitch.

Sligo RFC were due to face Ballyhaunis. This game was were the league challengers meet a bottom of the league team hungry for a win so the game was moved to The Grammar School pitch. This was a generous gesture by Sligo Grammar school who have a great history in Sligo Rugby.

This was another must win game for the Sligo Development side who are now at the hard end of the season, where all match outcomes are critical for any team with promotion prospects. Sligo see themselves as potential league winners.

Ballyhaunis kicked off into what turned out to be a surprisingly dry afternoon for most of the game but the kick didn’t make the full 10 meters but play was allowed to continue with Ballyhaunis attacking into the Sligo 25 meter area. An early penalty awarded to Ballyhaunis went wide of the posts. So Sligo kicked off and after good work by the Sligo pack led by Captain McMorrow, Matt Davey scored a try on 11 minutes converted by Enda Gavin. Sligo 7-0. The game was similar to the previous week in that a lot of errors were evident from both sides. After 35 minutes and pressure inside the Ballyhaunis half a quick ball from a ruck resulted in a fine try by Sean Mullin, supported by Enda Gavin and Stewart O’Brien. The pressure continued in the Ballyhaunis half and a well worked move saw Stewart O’Brien touching down under the posts and easily converted by the sure footed Enda Gavin. 19-0 to Sligo at half time.

The Sligo team despite the score line were becoming increasingly frustrated with their own play because Sligo were after the fourth try bonus point and the multiple stoppages were preventing the game from flowing.

Twenty minutes into the second half, Ballyhaunis were awarded a penalty which they converted, 19-3 to Sligo .

Sligo returned into the Ballyhaunis half and moved the ball wide away from the scrappy arm wrestle which had dominated this game so far and Sean Mullin scored a fine try which remained unconverted. 24-3, So with no further scores the game ended with Sligo gaining the win and an important bonus point. This was a very scrappy affair but as Coach Burrows stated ‘sometimes you win ugly, but it’s a win, and we need move on to next Sunday for the Corinthian league decider in Strandhill.

Team: Aaron Tansey, Ross O’Boyle, James O’Hehir, Thomas Gormley, Jake Sexton, David Bergin, Dave Cawley, Michael McMorrow (Captain), Gary O’Hehir, Enda Gavin, Sean Mullin, Matt Davey, Clive Morris, Brian Mullen, Stewart O’Brien, Gary Conneely, Liam McElhiney, Dermot Kiely, Jack Gormley, and Karl Van Rensburgh.

J1B: Castlebar RFC v Sligo RFC

Sligo RFC Development Squad who are lying in second place of the Connacht J1b league travelled to Castlebar on Sunday needing to continue their recent good form in search of a win in order to keep them in contention of winning the league.

Unfortunately the weather was wet, the pitch heavy and the ball greasy which was not conducive to the attacking style of Sligo play .

Sligo started well putting pressure on Castlebar holding them in their own half which led to a penalty against them for an offside player giving Sligo an early opportunity to get a score on the board. The penalty was missed giving Castlebar an early let off. Continue reading

J1B: Sligo v Creggs

This was Sligo’s first match of 2017, eagerly awaited by both players and supporters alike. Given the previous meeting of these two sides in early October when the game ended 5-3 a tight battle was expected. Today’s fixture was forecasted to be as close especially when Creggs had the advantage of their fine GAA players back in the side who were unavailable for the last game.

So on an unseasonably dry afternoon in Hamilton Park Creggs kicked off into a cross wind and the anticipated arm wrestle commenced. Continue reading