Grey­stones in fly­ing form

The Sligo Champion - - SPORT - BY JOHN KANE


SLIGO trav­elled east­wards on Satur­day to take on pre­vi­ously un­beaten Wick­low out­fit Grey­stones at Dr Hickey Park for their fifth All Ire­land League di­vi­sion 2b en­counter of the 18/19 cam­paign.

Sligo trav­elled with lots of pos­i­tiv­ity hav­ing per­formed well, with­out just re­ward, in their recent games against ta­ble top­ping Barn­hall and high fly­ing Wan­der­ers, but things didn’t go ac­cord­ing to plan and come full time the Yeats county men had suf­fered the heav­i­est loss of their sea­son so far.

Grey­stones won the toss and opted to play with the breeze in the first half. In the early stages Sligo dug in well and de­fended with dis­ci­pline de­spite Grey­stones lord­ing the early pos­ses­sion.

The lo­cals were throw­ing ev­ery­thing at Sligo but the vis­i­tors were stand­ing strong un­til a for­tu­itous bounce from a pass that went to ground wrong footed the de­fence al­low­ing Grey­stones open their try ac­count on the half hour.

De­spite the set­back Sligo con­tin­ued to bring the fight to their hosts but once again lady luck let them down when the ref­eree bran­dished a yel­low card to a Sligo for­ward to the dis- be- lief of the trav- elling sup­port just be­fore the in­ter­val.

The lo­cals made the most of the nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage and picked up a penalty try be­fore the break and two tries in quick suc­ces­sion af­ter­wards to leave Sligo with a mountain to climb.

The prover­bial mountain grew even higher for the vis­i­tors when in­flu­en­tial for­wards Shane Boyle, Matthew Cos­grove and Tom Gormely had to re­tire from the bat­tle.

To their credit Sligo gave their all to the cause with Kuba Wo­jtkow­icz and Ryan Fee­hily giv­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to try to get some­thing for the game for their team. Un­for­tu­nately it wasn’t to be for Sligo and it was dis­ap­point­ment for the trav­el­ling sup­port when the ref­eree sounded the long blast. Sligo have a week to lick their wounds and re­group and Coaches Paddy Pear­son and Ja­son East will do ev­ery­thing in their power to en­sure that things get back on track when Rainey Old Boys visit Hamil­ton Park next Satur­day.

The match kicks off at 2.30pm. SLIGO RFC: Jack Kee­gan, Calum God­dard, Ryan Fee­hily, Mata Fi­fita, Philip Carter, Mark But­ler, Bren­dan Cun­ning­ham, Kuba Wo­jtkow­icz, Shane O’He­hir, Tom Gormely, Ciaran Cas­sidy, Rob Ho­lian, Shane Boyle , Ross Hickey, Matt Cos­grove. Reps: Matt Davey, Ross O’Boyle, Ja­son Havea, Craig Adams, Enda Gavin.

IN­SET: Kuba Wo­jtkow­icz and Ross Hickey de­fend the Sligo line against Grey­stones.

Sligo RFC’s Niall O’Con­nor and Ewan Ripon were part of the Con­nacht U16s side who beat Mun­ster in UL re­cently.

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