Sligo youths and ju­ve­nile teams in ac­tion

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SLIGO U18.5s cur­rently lie 5th in the Di­vi­sion 1A of the U18.5 league. Last Satur­day they trav­elled to Corinthi­ans RFC, who are sec­ond in the league, on equal points with Bal­li­nasloe, but with a lesser points dif­fer­ence. The home side proved strong in the end and were com­fort­able vic­tors with a 33-14 score line.

Sligo U17s De­vel­op­ment team hosted West­port on a stun­ning day in Hamil­ton Park. This was a com­plete try-fest, the visi­tors gain­ing the up­per hand at the end, with an in­cred­i­ble fi­nal score of 54-70. The U17s have a huge squad of play­ers and the emerg­ing de­vel­op­ment team has been the re­sult. Well done to all play­ers and coaches in­volved.

The highly an­tic­i­pated U16 derby be­tween Sligo and Bal­lina kicked off on Satur­day and the game lived up to the hype, with nei­ther side giv­ing an inch in the open­ing twenty min­utes of the game.

The visi­tors were first to strike and had a pe­riod of dom­i­nance at the end of the first half, to stretch their lead to 5-12 at the half-time whis­tle. The sec­ond half was a tor­rid af­fair, with a litany of high tack­les mar­ring the game and the ten­sion was mount­ing be­tween the two sides.

Bal­lina struck again to go 14points up on the home side, but Sligo showed their de­ter­mi­na­tion to ex­ert a sus­tained pe­riod of pressure on the visi­tors and were re­warded for their ef­forts when Adam Hunter drove over for the try. Sean Gil­varry slot­ted home the ex­tras to bring the home side within 7points.

Bal­lina’s de­fence held strong and a suc­ces­sion of penal­ties even­tu­ally led to a yel­low card for an­other high tackle. Sligo again led a bar­rage against the Bal­lina try line, but their maul was held up and a scrum to the de­fence was the re­sult.

The visi­tors cleared their lines with a long punt up the pitch, which was chased by the Bal­lina back line, de­spite the calls for off­side and the re­sul­tant try un­der the posts was awarded.

With only min­utes re­main­ing, the visi­tors crossed the white­wash again to bring the fi­nal score to 12-31.

The U14s trav­elled to Castle­bar, where the home side were de­ter­mined to notch up their sec­ond win of the sea­son and move up the table, but Joe Walsh’s team had other ideas.

The re­sult was a tough en­counter be­tween the two sides, but it was the visi­tors who held their nerve to win 26-21 and come away with all 4points and main­tain their dom­i­nance of the U14 Di­vi­sion 1 Pool A, proudly top­ping the table af­ter four games.

Sligo RFC Ju­ve­nile sec­tion trav­elled en masse to Car­rick-on-Shan­non on Satur­day to play in the Car­rick RFC blitz. A to­tal of 130 play­ers, rep­re­sent­ing teams from U8s to U12s played a se­ries of games against their Car­rick coun­ter­parts and a great day was had by all, de­spite the blus­tery and cold con­di­tions.

Matthew Cos­grove.

Un­der 17s Pa­trick Dixon in ac­tion.

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