Midleton 13 – Sligo 33
The game began with Sligo kicking to Midleton. Midleton started the game with a high intensity forcing Sligo into numerous mistakes. Sligo with the shakey start, including an intercept pass by Simon Coulter to the opposing Lock, which was superbly covered by a combination of tackles by Kiwi Calum Goddard and Jack Keegan. Sligo held out after a tremendous amount of pressure to build their way up to half way where Michael Wells made a break stepping inside his opposite number. Wells low offload to supporting winger Conor Kerins was then volleyed forward and cooly collected by Kerins to dot down underneath the posts. Another opportunity arose minutes later through amazing carries by both Wells and Beirne allowing Sligo to enter the Middleton 22. Forward dominating carries were too much to hold out the as the influential Conor Mitchell went over for a try. 14-0 after 15 mins. Jack Keegan adding the extras for both tries.
Middleton settled themselves with a penalty to get on the board followed by a try in the far right corner and the conversion was duly converted by their outhalf to leave the half time score at 14-10 in Sligo’s favour.
After half time Middleton started the brighter with a penalty nudged between the posts to reduce the arrears to just one point. This score clicked Sligo back into gear and allowed them to refocus on the task in hand. Deep in Middleton 22 Sligo stayed composed putting forward carries to great use to set up a perfect platform for Conor Kerins to return the favour to Michael Wells to prance over the line.
Confidence was flowing at this stage allowing Sligo to play more exciting ball. Which was shown when a simple skip pass allowed Mark Rooney to open up his muscly legs to beat his opposite number on the outside to offload to Calum Goddard who with still work to do, beat the full back to grab the bonus point and to cap off his hard work.
Straight from the kick off great offloading found prop Conor Mitchell in open space, who backed his pace until the support of Diarmuid O’Dowd Hill brought play into the opposition 22. Scrum-half, Ryan Feehily took over from him jinking and turning the Middleton back three inside out before his basketball-esque pass, that even Michael Jordon would be proud of, found housemate and number 2 Shane O’Hehir to dunk it down and to clinch the victory to leave the final score at Midleton 13 Sligo 33.
Sligo still lie in third after the weekends results but have continued their excellent run of form and put themselves in with a great chance of promotion.Get out and support this exciting, young, athletic side.
Next game is vs Boyne RFC at home, this Saturday @ 2:30pm, February 18th, 2017.