U17s Lose Out in League Final Replay

Sligo 20  – Westport 22

The replay of the Division 2 League Final took place in Ballina RFC last Sunday.  The first encounter between these two teams had been memorable.  The large crowd were treated to an 8 try spectacle, with a 26-26 draw ensuring both teams would get another shot at the title.

Sligo U17 League Runners-Up

The replay was once again a very close encounter. Westport lead 10-8 at the break thanks to a penalty and intercept try against the run of play.  Sligo’s points came from a Cathal Feely penalty and a try by Josh Young.

Following the break Sligo took the lead when Callum Wall drove over from a well-worked maul. Westport however, came back strongly to take the lead with a converted try under the posts and then extended this lead out to 22-15 with a well-worked try in the corner with less than 10 mins to go. Led by captain Patrick Dixon, this Sligo U17 side have developed a great team spirit through this season and were not finished yet.  U16 player Liam Candon, who had given a storming performance throughout, touched down out wide, following a period of sustained pressure, but unfortunately Cathal Feely’s conversion fell short of the mark. This proved to be the last kick of the game and a mere two points gave the league title to Westport.

Next Sunday sees Sligo play the Connacht U17 Cup semi-final against Buccaneers in Hamilton Park at 12 noon.  

Sligo: P Padowski, C Wall, E Coyle, P Dixon (c), A Young, L Candon, J Mc Niffe, D Brennan, M O Hehir, C Feely, C Mc Meekin, B Reynolds, L Scott, F Young, J Carr, J Young, M Moroney, A Hunter, S Muldoon

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