Sligo Assassins played Enniskillen (The Skins) in Strandhill yesterday. Both sides were evenly matched on the day. Enniskillen took the win on the day beating Sligo by 14 points to 12.Pics attached - Pic 1(Named Under 12) – second from left is Max McGuinn shortly before he broke his collar bone, being tackled. The Sligo Assassins wish their “Legend” a speedy recovery Pic 2 (Named Under 12 -2)- Sligo Line out (and Gerard Whelan – U12 Head Coach) Pic 3 (Named Under 12-3) – the two teams
First sligo team ever to win pat lawlor tournament in limerick which is in its 30th year beating the best of munster and ireland . In total 26 teams took part along the way Sligo beat Thomand RFC , UL Bohs , Newcastle West , Shannon RFC , Wexford , and Enniscorty in the final. Thanks to players and parents and coaches and roll on september we have more business to do !
Navan RFC 30
Sligo RFC 18
Sligo's bid to capture a history making All Ireland U17 title fell agonisingly short when they were defeated by an excellent Navan outfit in an excellent final at Naas RFC on Saturday. The match proved to be one step too far for a Sligo outfit that were unbeaten all season going into the game. Sligo kicked off into the slight breeze and found themselves under early pressure. Navan were retaining the ball well and Sligo were finding it difficult gain any meaningful possession. The opening score arrived with fifteen minutes gone on the clock. A prolonged period of open play stretched the Sligo defence and Navan took full advantage to dot down wide on the right. A well struck conversion followed up with a penalty minutes later gave the u outfit a 10 point early lead. Sligo settled and began to build some pressure. A driving move involving Conan o Donnell and Shane o Hehir earned a good position in the Navan 22. The ball was recycled quickly and Outhalf Daragh Cummins released centre Evan Mc Grath who powered his way over for his teams opening score. The centre added the extras with a well struck effort to put his team within three of the opposition. Mc Grath brought the sides level with a penalty on the half hour but Navan went into the break three points ahead with another well taken penalty kick.
Sligo started the second half strongly and camped themselves in the Navan 22. Mc grath brought the scores level with another well taken penalty and good work from Matthew Cosgrove and Paul Kilcoyne put their side back into the scoring zone. The forwards took over and drove for the line. A series of rucks followed and O'Donnell looked to have made the touchdown but to the bemusement of the onlooking Sligo support the referee awarded a penalty to Navan for a double movement. Navan took full advantage of the let off and worked their way up the field before setting up camp in the Sligo 22. A series of drives ensued before the defence was breached and Navan picked up a second try.
The Leinster men were now in the ascendancy and quickly added to their total with another converted score to rock the Sligo boys back on their heels. A fourth try sealed the game for Navan but to their credit Sligo never stopped fighting and an excellent solo effect from the outstanding McGrath closed out the scoring. Moments later the final whistle sounded to the disappointment of the large travelling Sligo support.
Sligo: Ryan Feehily, Paul Kilcoyne, Evan Mc Grath, Matthew Cosgrove, Jack Keegan, Darragh Cummins, Ronan Redmond, Thomas Moran, Joe Bennett, Conan O'Donnell, Jake Sexton, Cillian Gallagher, Shane O'Hehir, Daire Byrne, Joe Conway. Reps John Bartley, Hadi Mousa, Ryan Bright, Luke Morrison, Liam McEllhiney, Ross Chrystal, TJ Forde.
Saturday 20th April, Sligo 1st XV last same of the season and a Senior Connacht Final no less. The opponents Galwegians 1st XV and the venue Ballyhaunis RFC. A dry, sunny day was going to make it a fast game. Sligo take the kick off which was cleaned up Wegians and was kicked right back at Sligo deep in their half to go for a line out. Some quick work from Sligo, winning the ball and attempting to maul it out and move it up the centre of the pitch. Unfortunately, Sligo concede a penalty within kicking distance and Wegians opt for the kick. Luck on Sligo's side with the ball hitting off the posts and a clean up from Sligo by grounding the ball behind the try line. A short, quick drop out from Butler ensured Sligo possession and followed by great crashes from Bowes and Maxwell.
The first 15minutes was characterised by both sides possession via penalties conceded at ruck time. A lot of kicking to touch for Wegians to gain ground and let the pack do the work at line out. Sligo were putting pressure on Wegians, with a massive rob by Wilson, only to give possession away with a panicked pass and intercept from Wegians. When Sligo gained their penalties, they used quick taps and go from Pearson to make the yards and clinically placed box kicks from Pearson was getting them back into the Wegians half.
Line outs were paying dividends for Sligo with Kerins winning ball at the back and enabling Murphy to feed quick ball to the backs and with Butler, Spring and Keane show casing their passing and moving up the right wing in search of that elusive try 20 minutes into the game.
The game was continuing to be open and neither side looked like clear winners. Some serious pressure on defence from both sides meant a lot of work for both packs at the crouch, touch, set time with knock ons increasing in number and penalties at ruck time which resulted in both sides opting for the kick to touch and let their forwards secure possession and Iain ground.
With massive work being done by forwards in support of Kerins and Mullan at ruck time and Bowes making his patented crashes, Adrian mcNulty was able to find space and charge through the gap and Butler in support taking the ball up the right wing to cut inside and take contact. Mistakes coming from Wegians by Sligo pressure gave Sligo the scrum within 10 metres of Wegians try line to the left of the posts. With ball from the scrum and a crash up the centre, and eventually into the hands of Bowes, fully supported by Mitchell to ensure he crashed over the line to the left of the uprights. An easy conversion for Butler meant the Sligo led 7-0 almost 30 minutes into the game.
Sligo kept their momentum throughout the remaining minutes of the first half, with Wilson, Kerins and Power putting in crashes and punching holes in the defense and Murphy at scrum half showing off why he was put in his position and McNulty plaguing Wegians defense breaking though, shining massive yards for Sligo. A choice of subs when Mathews was put on near to the half time whistle who broke renewed energy and applied pressure, particularly on the counter kick.
Backs Foley and Pearson playing great support at ruck time, securing ball being taken in by Spring making his usual skips through the defense. Sligo looked like they had another try in them but unfortunately it wasn't to be as Wegians kept the pressure on and were not going to allow another Sligo try. Before the whistle, Sligo displayed some gutsy defense work with Mathews, Foley and Spring putting in some crucial hits. The score going into half time 7-0 in favour of Sligo.
Sligo put up a great fight to keep Wegians out, despite conceding penalties and suffering a sin binning and a man down for the beginning of the second half.
Sligo kept up the fight and with crucial subs being made to keep the front row fresh, bringing Mannion on to keep pressure on Wegians at scrum time, Sligo kept the foot on the pedal. Great work at line outs by Heath and Wilson securing ball and Sligo making ground via well placed kicks by Pearson into open space. Foley and Nairn putting huge pressure on Wegians to keep the ball in the Wegians half and force the counter attack in to touch on one occasion and winning line out via Wilson. Despite phases of fantastic play by Sligo, ill-discipline crept into their game, with penalties at rucks or allowing the ball to go loose at rucks, losing valuable ball time. Wegians began to awaken and allow their backs to display quick ball, offloading fast ball from a tackle to ensure to keep Sligo constantly on the back foot and make yards up the wings to eventually allow Wegians to crash a try under the uprights 20 minutes into second half. An easy conversion brought both sides level at 7-7. This match had the making of a dog fight with both sides not letting either away with anything easily.
Unfortunately, Wegians gained confidence from their first try and steam rolled another under the uprights in similar fashion to the first, despite dogged defence from Sligo and lead the game for the first time 14-7 25 minutes in.
Another sin-bin lost another man for Sligo and Wegians are a side that will take full advantage of this opportunity, which they did. The possession changed so fast, with foley making a hit to hold up the ball and Sligo choke tackle to win possession only to kick it away seconds later. Wegians clean up quickly, running it down the right wing, and quick off load allowed for another try in the right corner. Wegians secure their lead at 19-7.
Continuing their fight for the remaining 10 minutes, and fresh heads of Leahy and Conneely going on and McHale, Mullan and Wilson continuing the onslaught on Wegians and eventual loose ball and clean up by Wegians who kicked to touch to end the game at 19-7.
Team: Conor Mitchell, Tadhg Power, Wesley Maxwell, James Wilson, Jamie Bowes, Peter Mullan, Rory Kerins, Adrian McNulty, Mickey Murphy, Paddy Pearson, Colin Keane, Aaron Spring, Gavin Foley, Chris Nairn, Mark Butler. Reps: Ross Mannion, Adrian McHale, Gary Conneely, Eoin Mathews, David Heath, Billy Leahy.