Greystones in flying form
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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.