After a very strong performance from Sligo in the league semi against Claremorris Sligo went into Saturdays final full of confidence. The game was fixed for Ballyhaunis and the Sligo Supporters travelled in large numbers on what was perfect conditions for rugby.
Ballinasloe started the stronger with multiple attacks but Sligo defence were up for the challenge with some excellent play from the pack. After 14 mins Ballinasloe did manage to break the gain line to score their first try but fail to convert. Sligo responded with a well worked try from Daire Cregg supported by Louie Scott, Cregg converted leaving the score at 7 – 5 to Sligo. Sligo attacked again but Ballinasloe intercepted the pass which was going to Rowan Elliot and the Ballinasloe no 14 ran 50 meters to score his second try.
In the second half Ballinasloe applied a huge amount of pressure on the Sligo defence to score their third try leaving the score at 17 to 7. For the 20 mins Sligo dominated scoring a excellent try by Daire Cregg which was converted by Jim Davies, at 9 mins to go Sligo were 3 behind and had the momentum and Ballinasloe were beginning to tire, unfortunately a few mistakes by Sligo allowed Ballinasloe in for their fourth try leaving the final score at 22 to 14. The Sligo squad performed brilliantly on the day against a very strong Ballinasloe side who have won the Connacht league final for the last three years with this group of players.
Now that the League is over the Cup campaign begins with an away game against the winners of Loughrea V Tuam, where a win would see Sligo come up against Ballinsloe in the second round in Strandhill.
Sligo: Damien Cullen, Ben Millar, Stephen Doyle, Michael Broaders, Danny Funke, Cathal Feely, Diarmuid Brennan, Calum Wall, Max King, Fintan Casey, Joseph Keaney, Louis Scott, Brian Marren, Dáire Cregg, Marc O’Hehir, Finn Young, Liam O’Kelly Lynch, Matthew Blain, Matthew Moroney, Patrick Dixon, Patryk Badowski, Conor McDermott, Sean Hynes, Gavin McGrath, Colm Lang, Mark McGlynn, Matthew O’Hara, Jake McNiff, Sean Hynes, Jack Carroll