SLIGO FELL to their third defeat of their Ulster Bank League season when they were defeated by a high flying Armagh outfit at Stranhill on Saturday.
The northern outfit proved to be better organised than a Sligo team absent of some key players and ran out worthy bonus point winners.
On a crisp Strandhill afternoon, Sligo started brightly and some quick thinking from Rory Kerins positioned them inside the Armagh 22. A James Wilson Lineout steal looked to yield the ultimate reward but the visitors regrouped and the chance was lost.
Sligo continued to press, the front row of Conor Mitchell, Tadgh Power and Ross Mannion were on top in the battle at scrum time, Jamie Bowes was carrying strongly and David Heath was covering the ground well.
Despite having a high percentage of space and territory Sligo failed to make an impression on the scoreboard and Armagh grew into their role. Sligo's cause was not helped by the loss of scrum half Billy Leahy with the recurrence of a shoulder injury.
The visitors seized the initiative with the opening score after 15 minutes. Some sweeping broken play created an overlap allowing winger Andy Willis the space to dot down out wide.
Armagh doubled their lead before half time when quick movement of the ball generated space out wide and winger Josh Morton raced home.
Sligo responded after the interval but again unfortunately the endeavour of the pack was not reflected on the scoreboard.
Armagh took the ascendancy and added on 2 further tries to compound the misery for the home outfit.
Next up for Sligo is a trip to Tipperary to take on Nenagh Ormond RFC. Last season's encounter between the two teams was a close affair and Sligo will be hoping to use the game to get back to winning ways.
David Gerritty, Robbie Keegan, Chris Nairn, Gavin Foley, Colin Keane, Mark Butler, Billy Leahy, Ross Mannion, Tadgh Power, Conor Mitchell, James Wilson, Jamie Bowes, David Heath, Rory Kerins, Peter Mullan. reps Adrian McHale, Wesley Maxwell, Paddy Conlon, Dermot o Connor, Eoin Matthews.