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The Sligo Champion - - SPORT - By JOHN KANE


SLIGO hosted Wan­der­ers FC in their sec­ond home All Ire­land League match of the sea­son, but de­spite scor­ing four try’s to the visi­tors three, had to set­tle for a sin­gle match point as the Lands­downe road based out­fit held an eight point lead at the fi­nal whis­tle.

De­spite the in­ces­sant heavy Strand­hill rain on Satur­day morn­ing the pitch was in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion as the teams crossed the white­wash. Sligo kicked off play­ing to­wards the air­port end but it was Wan­der­ers who took the ini­tia­tive and made an early at­tack on the Sligo line. Sligo’s de­fence pre­vented the line from be­ing breached and a strong scrum earned a re­liev­ing penalty.

Wan­der­ers con­tin­ued to press and even­tu­ally opened their ac­count with a Peter Brougham penalty with fifteen min­utes on the clock.

Sligo re­sponded im­me­di­ately. From the restart the Wan­der­ers clear­ance was col­lected by Sligo’s Cal­lum God­dard. The Full back counter at­tacked into mid­field be­fore link­ing up with Philip Carter. Carter was held on the ten me­tre line and Sligo quickly re­cy­cled. Scrum half Bren­dan Cunningham moved the ball in­field to Mark But­ler who timed his pass per­fectly to put Kuba Wo­jtkow­icz through the gap. The ram­pag­ing prop burst through the de­fence and used all of his con­sid­er­able power to make it all the way to the line for Sligo’s open­ing score.

It was Wan­der­ers turn to re­act, and a sus­tained pe­riod of pressure on the Sligo line re­sulted in cen­tre Rob O’Byrne crash­ing over to re­claim the lead. Brougham con­verted and Wan­der­ers were up by five.

Again Sligo hit back when good work from Sean Mullin and Mata Fi­fita gave po­si­tion in the visi­tors 22. Shane Boyle made a strong carry fol­lowed up by fur­ther good play from Shane O’He­hir and Wo­jtkow­icz. The play con­tin­ued right and But­lers long pass to God­dard al­lowed the full back the space to feed Carter who squeezed over in the cor­ner to level the scores.

Right on the stroke of half time the visi­tors re­gained the lead. A penalty on half way was kicked to the cor­ner. Wan­der­ers used their pick and drive to work the ball close to the line and a switch move in mid­field caused enough hes­i­ta­tion to al­low Martin O’Neill the space to crash over at the posts. Brougham con­verted and the blue side went into the in­ter­val with a seven point lead.

Ten min­utes into the sec­ond half the visi­tors pushed the lead out to ten points with an­other well struck Brougham penalty be­fore mov­ing fur­ther ahead with try out wide from winger Martin Bosch.

Sligo hit back with an ex­cel­lently taken score when a sweep­ing back­line move fol­low­ing a scrum on the left gave God­dard the chance to use his pace to race in to the right hand cor­ner.

Wan­der­ers closed out their ac­count with an­other Brougham penalty with five min­utes re­main­ing be­fore Ryan Fee­hily earned a try bonus point for Sligo with an ex­cel­lent fin­ish in the right cor­ner.

Sligo now sit in sixth place in the di­vi­sion 2B table and next up is a trip to the cap­i­tal to lock horns with sec­ond placed Grey­stones RFC. The match kicks off at 2.30 at Dr Hickey Park next Satur­day.

Sligo: Calum God­dard, Sean Mullin, Ryan Fee­hily, Mata Fi­fita, Philip Carter, Mark But­ler, Bren­dan Cunningham, Kuba Wo­jtkow­icz, Shane O’He­hir, Tom Gormely, Ja­son Havea, Ciaran Cas­sidy, Shane Boyle, Matt Davey, Ross Hickey, Conor Mitchell, Ross O’Boyle, Rob Ho­lian, Matthew Cos­grove, Enda Gavin

Shane O’He­hir.

Mata Fi­fita.

The of­fi­cial open­ing.

Adam and Mark Fox.

Ryan Fee­hily in ac­tion.

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