Sligo RFC 33 – Ballinrobe RFC 26
An understrength but determined U-18.5 Sligo team took to the pitch last Sunday, in what was a do or die game for the home side. Depleted numbers have taken their toll on the talented young side but their determination gave them a deserved win in a high-scoring game at Hamilton Park. Having started off with all guns blazing, Sligo soon had a comprehensive lead on their opposition, with free-flowing rugby gaining vital yards and putting even more vital points on the board.
However it was Ballinrobe who put the foot down in the second half, scoring three unanswered tries and narrowing the gap to a mere 5 points, with only 10minutes to go. Sligo needed to re-organise the troops and dig deep. Ballinrobe were put under pressure for the last 8minutes of the game, and defended their line well, until scrum-half Hubert Gilvary spotted the narrowest of gaps and drove straight through a ruck to score a well-deserved try, his second of the game.