Sligo 34 – Buccaneers 0
Sunday saw Sligo RFC U16s first home match of the season against Buccaneers. Following a few disappointing results and a settling down of position placement, this was an important game for a team under a new coach Mickey O’Hehir and coaching staff; Wes Maxwell, John Garvey and Mark Fox.
Under a heavy head on wind, the game started strong from both sides. The Sligo forwards did a great job of providing opportunity for the backs via Sligo’s Niall O’Connor and Oisin Cregg. Buccaneers tested the Sligo defence lengthy with a committed tackle rate from Brady Lynch amongst all others holding them out. Line outs worked well for Sligo too with Cormac Fahey in the mix and Leo Layden in the maul. The second half saw a renewed intensity in rucks from Liam Candon and Oisin Diffley that allowed continued recycling for Fionn Feeley who came on as scrum half replacement.
Centres Ewan Ripon and Fionn O’Hehir provided repeated opportunities for try scoring. Sean Gilvarry excelled at full back, as did Conor Mullaney and Sonny Muldoon, with repeated forward ball carrying. Every player, including each and every substitute, excelled and must be congratulated for intensity and work rate. Next game for the U16s is on 13th October, away to Ballinasloe RFC.
Sligo U16s: Adam Fox, Adam Hunter, Brady Lynch, Ciaran Cawley, Ciaran Dolan, Conal Kennedy, Cormac Fahey, Conor Mullaney, Diarmuid Dowd, Eoin Ryan, Evin Ballantine, Ewan Ripon, Fionn Feeley, Fionn O’Hehir, Jim Sweeney, Leo Layden, Liam Candon, Niall O’Connor, Oisin Cregg, Oisin Diffley, Olan Martin, Sean Gilvarry, Sonny Muldoon.