Ladies face Tuam as Connacht League campaign continues
SLIGO LADIES continue their Connacht League campaign with a game against Tuam Womens RFC in Ballyhaunis today, Tuesday.
The fixture gives them a chance to get back to winning ways following a defeat to Buccaneers in their last outing.
Bucaneers were hungry on a cold wet day in Dubarry Park, Athlone.
They took the fight to the unbeaten League champions since their debut in the league two and a half years previously.
After continuous pressure for the first ten minutes in both attack and defence, Buccs capitalised off a kick and hesitation in the Sligo defence.
They picked up a soft try and the conversion made it 7-0.
Sligo missed key players Karen Leydon at prop and Stef Savage at hooker and this was reflected in the scrums.
Buccs were playing a kicking game and with some clinical kicks into Sligo's red zone they foced an error and a resultant penalty made it 10-0.
A good move through the phases involcing Luoise Orr, Jackie Carraway and Rachel Gordon saw the winger blaze up the left wing to touch down just to the left of the posts. Number 8 Amy Gerrity made it 10-7. Sligo found it difficult to get a momentum going and Buccs scored another try in the right corner.
Their outhalf then brought the score to 18-7. SLIGO: Siobhan Kilcoyne, Muriel Casserly, Lisa Moore, Grainne McGuire, Claire McManus, Fleur Kinsella, Mairead Keane, Amy Gerrity, Louise Orr, Jackie Caraway, Hannah Scollan, Grainne Bount, Ruth Goodwin, Rachel Gordon, Carley Leydon.
Coaches: Tadhg Power and Warner Wilders.
UNDER 13'S BEAT WESTPORT
Sligo 29 Westport 14
Sligo turned it all around when they travelled to Westport for the 4th round of the Connacht u13 league.
The first half was a close affair with both teams battling it out with sniping runs and big tackles. The Sligo forward pack over powered Westport at scrum time and out rucked their opponents with Westport trying to slow the ball down at every opportunity. The Sligo backs were on form as well using width on the pitch and passing with great skill and breaking the advantage line numerous times rewarding them with a try before the halftime whistle.
The second half started with Sligo down 7-5 but Sligo picked up the pace of the game and strung together phase after phase of good ball scoring four more brilliant tries.
Westport could only respond with one try but it wasn't enough and Sligo came away with a well deserved win.
GREAT WIN OVER CORINTHIANS
Sligo 29 Corinthians 24
When Corinthians stepped on to the pitch it was apparent that Sligo were slightly unnerved by the physical size of their opponents. A number of tentative tackles by Sligo in the opening minutes boosted the confidence of the travelling team.
However, once the jitters were dispersed Sligo attacked the game line and after continual line breaks Dylan McDermott produced a fantastic attacking run powering through the defence to put the first points on the board. The restart from centre field saw the determined Corrithians bounce back securing a try and conversion to advance them on the score sheet. Sligo retaliated as Serge Kelly produced an aggressive run to touchdown. The first-half closed out at 12 points each. Sligo's continued pressure in the second-half saw Cian Hegarty break away from the opposition to touchdown for his first try of the season.
Corinthians re-grouped and equalled the score with another try. Sligo were quick to signal their intent on the restart and a quick ball out the the wing saw Eoin Hallinan produce a super fast sprint three quarters of the pitch and avoiding numerous tackles to score under the posts to ensure an easy conversion.
A frustrated Corinthians reset, put their heads down and again equalled the scoreboard. As game entered the final quarter Dylan McDermott showed great strength in pushing though home defenders before producing the winning points . Tries: Dylan McDermott (2), Serge Kelly, Cian Hegarty, Eoin Hallinan Conversions: Ronan McGoldrick Man of the Match: Conor McElligott.