There were mixed fortunes for the U17 teams as they both played away last Sunday. The Division 1 team travelled to the fortress of Monivea and came away with all the spoils, securing a 15-21 victory against the home side to add another 4 points to their league tally and remain in the top four of the U17 Division 1 league. Their next home game is on Sunday 2nd December, when they take on second placed Ballinasloe.
Such are the great numbers in the U17 squad, that they are able to enter a second team in the Connacht U17 boys’ leagues. After their narrow 2 point defeat to league-leaders Westport last weekend, the Sligo U17 Development team travelled to Westport on Sunday, where they were met by a strong home side who won 42-21, to go top of the table. The U17 Development side travel away to Loughrea next Saturday.
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.
U13s through to Connacht Cup Final after 17-0 win over Monivea
Sligo RFC Development XV 24 – Monivea RFC 1st XV15
Following the nail-biting finish to last week’s game, that saw the favoured home team of Monivea beaten by 2 points, this week’s return leg promised to be a cracker, and the many home fans were not disappointed.
It was a tense affair in a cold and wet Monivea, as Sligo Development team were hoping to secure their fourth win of the season. Playing Monivea at home is never an easy affair and this game was no exception. The first score went to the away team from a determined Sligo scrum. Persistent infringements by Monivea resulted in the referee awarding a penalty try. Andrew Blannin quickly added to the tally with a try of his own, but Sligo’s lead was chipped away and they found themselves 15-12 down at half time. The score remained deadlocked for the majority of the second half, with neither side giving an inch. However, it was Sligo who eventually broke through the Monivea defence. Led by captain Gary O’ Hehir, Sligo showed great patience and composure and a well-executed move set up Sean Wynne, Man of the Match, to score in the corner, ensuring the narrow victory for the away team. This was a great team performance, bolstered by the senior debut of Christian Nielson in the back row.
The return leg of this fixture will take place this Sunday at 2.30p.m. in Hamilton Park. This promises to be a real battle as Sligo hope to secure another back-to-back win. All support welcome.