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.
Monivea ran at Sligo again & again trying to break them down and it looked like they were going to do just that at the very end of the first half, but each and every Sligo man put his opposite to the ground when asked upon, and went in 5 nil up at the break. Sligo played down the slope of the pitch in the 2nd half and you could see them grow in confidence. They dealt with all that Monivea threw at them. Some strategic kick and chase from the Sligo lads resulted in great field position and it was the turn of the Sligo forwards to show Monivea what they had. Some very good rucking, mauling and jamming for the line resulted in Sligo’s 2nd try from prop forward Aaron Platt. The pack of forwards showed superb patience and control resulting in an excellent team score.
Sligo at this stage very much edged the contest and controlled the game with some great close in running by the forwards and tactical kicking out the backs. Again another kick and pressure from the chasers put Monivea under pressure deep in their 22, which ultimately resulted in Sligo’s final try by Max Hunter. Max showed a great turn of pace when given the ball out wide to touch down just at the corner flag which was converted by Oisin O’Neill.
This was a very tight, tough and tiring game for the lads but again they came through this test with flying colours. This squad of players have worked extremely hard throughout the season and have got their reward, a place in the U13 final scheduled to be played in the Sportsground on 21st April