Sligo U20s traveled to Tuam on Saturday to take part in a ten a side tournament hosted by Tuam RFC. Teams taking part were Castlebar, O.L.B.C., Monivea, Sligo and the hosts Tuam. The competition ran in a group format, guaranteeing three games for the Sligo lads.
Sligo 17 Tuam 5
In atrocious weather Sligo met hosts Tuam in the first match with Liam Sweeney and Niall Canning combining to get Sligo off to a fast start. From a quick break Canning got Sligoâ€™s first try before more pressure from Sligo paid off and Sweeney went over for a second try. Canning got his second try in the second half, before adding the conversion himself. A late consolation try for the hosts could not change the outcome as Sligo cruised to an impressive victory.
Sligo 19 Castlebar 0
Sligo again started well and with rolling subs took full advantage of their squad with Cedric Calvey maintaining the momentum from the first game with some good work. Andy Mulligan, also playing his first game, was prominent. Sligo opened the scoring with a try from the impressive Liam Sweeney before Matt Drury added a second try and conversion. Sligo dominated throughout and Ciaran Reilly ran in a deserved try after a good kick through from Mike Conlon, before adding the extras with a good conversion to ensure another victory.
Sligo 22 O.L.B.C. 0
Sligo began brightly and grabbed an early score through Phillip Allen, getting his 1st try for Sligo, which was quickly followed by a try from Craig Cooper. Sligoâ€™s handling was excellent with Drury, Reilly, and Bergin at full back, involved in some impressive attacking. Bergin sprinted away for the 3rd try before McDermott added the 4th and the conversion.
Sligo 7 Monivea 0
Sligo made it an unbeaten tournament success when they played some sparkling rugby against a determined Monivea side. A try and conversion by Canning in the first half put Sligo on top. Sligo started the 2nd half well but were unable to add to the scoreline despite their possessional advantage. Unfortunately with only two minutes remaining an injury to the Monivea prop saw the game have to be called to a premature conclusion.
This tournament was a great confidence boosting effort for the U20s panel, and coach Roy Cooper will be delighted with the excellent showing by his players who played some exciting attacking rugby. Cooper will be hoping that this good form can be carried into the upcoming league season.
Sligo Squad: P.Allen, C.Cooper, D.Bergin, C.Calvey, T.Maurin, A.Galea, M.Drury, C.Reilly, M.Conlon, D Westby, N.Canning, L.Sweeney, A.Mulligan, E.McDermott, D.Rynne, L.Doherty, L.Brenton.