Sligo RFC 21 – Rainey Old Boys RFC 30
Sligo’s quest for promotion to division 2b of the Ulster Bank League ended in disappointment when they went down in the play off semi final to a powerful Rainey Old boys side at Hamilton Park on Saturday. Having finished second in the table for the regular season Sligo were granted the home draw but Sligo’s intense run in appeared to have taken its toll and Rainey looked the fresher side as the game unfolded. Continue reading
Rainey Old Boys RFC 13 – Sligo RFC 17
Sligo’s Ulster Bank League winning streak continued with an excellently crafted win over a strong Rainey outfit at Hatrick Park in Magherafelt on Saturday. With both sides on equal points in joint second place prior to the match a win was vital to the title aspirations of each club.
Despite the heavy rainfall which caused the postponement of all but two of Saturdays games in division 2C, the pitch in the excellent Hatrick Park facility was in excellent condition as Sligo’s Conor Kerins kicked the match off.
Sligo started the game at a terrific pace, shifting the ball wide at every opportunity and putting tremendous pressure on the home defence. A promising early foray into the Rainey 22, with Shane O’Hehir, Diarmuid O’Dowd Hill and Kuba Wojtkowicz all carrying well, almost yielded the opening score but unfortunately for Sligo the move broke down at the final stage. Sligo continued to press with their high tempo game and were finally rewarded with a Jack Keegan penalty from the 22 after 15 minutes. Sligo continued to dominate particularly at scrum time where Conor Mitchell, O’Hehir and Wojtkowicz were giving their opposite numbers a torrid time. Continue reading
Sligo claimed a crucial 4 points in their encounter against table toppers Rainey Old Boys in Hamilton Park on Saturday afternoon. Sligo had been written off by many prior to this game as their Derry counterparts had beaten all before them with ease.
Sligo were against the breeze in the first half as they kicked off towards the picturesque Knocknarea mountain. Rainey dominated the opening exchanges of the encounter as Sligo tried to gain a foothold in the game, and they were duly rewarded for their early pressure via a penalty from the boot of outhalf C. Laidler after 6 minutes.
From the restart, Sligo came roaring back and were almost rewarded for their efforts when the inspirational prop Conor Mitchell neatly combined with fleet footed winger Jack Keegan, who in turn offloaded to leader Shane Boyle in a lovely flowing move. However, his efforts were thwarted with Rainey winning a turnover at the decisive moment. Sligo continued to gain the upper hand on their opponents as they put together some neat set plays as well as making some nice breaks through the influential Michael Wells but couldnâ€™t put the finishing touches to them. Sligo missed a penalty from Conor Kerins on 17 minutes resulting from a dominant scrum and were made to pay for their inaccuracies on 27 minutes when Rainey touched down in the corner through winger J.Burgess after a well orchestrated move. Fortunately, Laidler failed to add the extras to give the home side some hope. Sligo supporters tried to rally their men as they went in pursuit of a comeback. In the final minute of the half, scrumhalf Ryan Feehily made a dart towards the line but was controversially adjudged to be held on the line to leave the half-time score at 8-0.