THE CONNACHT Rugby roadshow began their journey in the Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo last Thursday.
Connacht Rugby as part of their outreach program to schools, clubs and supporters are visiting four locations throughout the province to share their vision and plans for the future of Connacht Rugby. The event which was well attended by supporters and members from Sligo RFC, South Sligo RFC, Carrick-on- Shannon RFC and Ballaghaderreen RFC heard from CEO Tom Sears, members of the Professional Games Board including Sligo's Damian Devaney and Dan McFarland representing the professional coaching staff.
The roadshow continues in the Harlequins Hotel Castlebar next Thursday 15th November, Shearwater Hotel Ballinasloe and concludes in the Carlton Hotel, Galway the 6th December. Each event has an open invitation and can be attended by anyone who wishes to hear about the future of Connacht Rugby.
UNDER 13: Sligo v Castlebar: Two tries and a conversion from Castlebar were enough to see off a below par Silgo side. The pack played well throughout but the backs just didn't perform as expected today. We had territorial dominance and retained possession for large periods of the game but failed to capitalize on our opportunities on the wing. Castlebar showed great resilience, battled hard and took take their chances to win the game 12 - 8. Try: Brian West. Penalty: Ronan McGoldrick. Captain: Robbie Ryan. UNDER 14: Ballina RFC U14 22 Sligo RFC U14 19
Sligo travelled to Ballina for their under 14 league encounter and despite a much improved performance were unfortunate to return home on the wrong side of a three point margin.
With ten minutes gone on the clock Sligo scored their opening try. A well won ruck on the halfway was moved wide. Centre Brian Cox fed Second row powerhouse Sean Mc Veigh on the 10 metre line who raced clear to dot down right of the posts.
Neilson added a well struck conversion to move Sligo into the lead. Ballina again responded and ran in a second try just before the interval.
Sligo regrouped and retook the lead almost from the restart. Winger Oisin Kellys tackle forced the turover and the ball was off loaded to Neilson who raced in for his teams second score.
Phillip Carter added the conversion to move the score to 14-10 in Sligo's favour.
Ballina pressed again and retook the lead with a score following some good forward play. Once again Sligo responded and Neilson picked up his second and his teams third when he picked from a scrum on the 22 and drove over in the corner.
Ballina again pressurised Sligo and a penalty award game the home side position in the Sligo 22. Sligo defended stoutly but unfortunately a gap appeared and Ballina touched down for the winning score.