Castlebar RFC 8 :: Sligo RFC 12
Sligoâ€™s U14 Rugby team travelled to Castlebar on Sunday last to play the local team in the fourth round of the North Connaught U14 league. While the Sligo representatives continued their winning streak, the overall performance on this occasion was not up to the usual high standard.
This was a hard fought match against tough opposition who put up a huge score against Tuam RFC in their last match.
However, there was plenty of good rugby played by Sligo. On more than one occasion, James Mullen playing on the wing, relieved pressure on the Sligo back line with long kicks to touch. Indeed the same player opened the scoring for Sligo. The ball was passed along the back line in a move involving Will Weaver, captain Eoin Flanagan and Kieran Blake with James Mullen touching down for a try in the corner.
A second try came after 13 minutes from Diarmuid Oâ€™Dowd-Hill playing at No 8. He pulled away from the back of a scrum and made a strong run while shrugging off all challenges, to score under the post. Fullback Kieran Blake landed the conversion to leave the score 12-0 in Sligoâ€™s favour.
Castlebar now went on the offensive and after some good passages of play they were awarded a penalty in front of the posts. This was successfully taken to leave the score 12-3 to Sligo. The score was to stay like this up to half time.
The second half brought numerous Sligo substitutions but there were to be no more scores for the visitors.
Castlebar did score a well-deserved try with five minutes remaining in the match. The game finished on a score line of 12-8 to Sligo.
The Sligo coaches John Davey, Dean Weaver and Barry McConkey will know that this was not a vintage performance by their young guns but will no doubt be up to the challenges that lie ahead.
More photos from the game can be found here.