A MISTY and cool day was upon Sligo when they stepped on the Ballyhaunis RFC pitch ready to face Carrick on Shannon Women.
Sligo started with the kick to Carrick and with some determined pressure from the whistle, turned the ball over and made quick work of moving into the Carrick 22. Some great handling gave scrumhalf Jackie Caraway room to dash around the Carrick defence, only to be held up just short of the line and pulled into touch. Carrick took a quick lineout at their 5 metre line and attempted to clear the ball out of their danger zone. Fortunately, thanks to Sligo pressure, Carrick made an error and Jacqui Mulligan was able to profit from it, making her patented dash from the centre of the pitch to the left wing and around the Carrick defence to touchdown for Sligo's first try.
This gave Sligo the confidence to race into a 19-0 lead. With Blount on top form with a pass from second row Kinsella, Davey was able to profit from an offload from a drive, her motoring up the centre to put a try down under the uprights. A conversion from Gerrity put Sligo in the lead now 26 – 0.
Sligo play best when they can get quick ball to the wing, where Rachel Gordon awaited her chance to showcase her speed, tearing up the left wing to get downward pressure for Sligo. Gerrity again makes short work of the conversion with her mighty boot to increase Sligo's lead to 33-0, which was the score going into half time.
Sligo put in the big hits in the second half and managed to get a lineout of their own in their red zone. McGuire, lifted by Moore and Gerrity, was able to secure ball for Sligo, getting the ball to Caraway, feeding ball to Davey, with great hands the back line, getting the ball to Moran, who sprinted up the right wing. Carrick managed to get in a tackle but Moran offloaded to Goodwin, who put the ball under the uprights and the scoreline was now 40-0.
Sligo continued on their mission for a clean sheet. With everyone getting hits in, with some great tackles from second row Claire McManus and wing Louise Orr showing off that they definitely should not be underestimated just because of their size. Sligo really are an example of mind over matter. With Kilcoyne putting in great crashes, supported by her pack and Mulligan returning to the pitch, Sligo put in two more tries from Ruth Goodwin and Mulligan to put the final score to 52-0. A great show case for Connacht Womens Rugby and Sligo continue their unbeaten run. Their next game will be away to Buccanneers next Sunday
Sligo U14 7; Creggs U14 36
Sligo and Creggs under 14 teams played out a tough battle in ideal conditions at Strandhill on Sunday. Although the scoreline showed that
Creggs were clear winners, for three quarters of the game the Sligo boys put it up to their visitors. Unfortunately for the locals a number of injuries weakened the team and the Roscommon boys took full advantage in the last quarter.
Sligo kicked off and immediately put pressure on their visitors. The pack were driving well with Fionn Costello and Sean Mc Veigh to the fore and Brian Cox and Phillip Carter were closing down the midfield space well. The Front row of Brian Flannagan, Mark Flannagan and Oisin Staunton scrimmaged well and Fiachra Doherty was countering well from full back. Despite Sligo's early work it was Creggs who opened the scoring. Two well struck penalties gave the visitors a 6 point lead after 15 minutes. Sligo stuck to their task however and their endeavour was rewarded with a penalty on the Creggs 22. Scrum Half Hugh Kispy fed powerful flanker Sean Mc Veigh who burst through the cover to dot down wide on the right. Carters well struck conversion moved Sligo into the lead. Both sides tried to add to their totals before halftime but the score remained at 7-6 at the interval. The second half resumed much in the manner of the first, but unfortunately for the home team influential players Michael Kilcoyne and Sean Snee had to retire early on through injury. Sligo gamely battled on but their cause took a further blow when Sean Mc Veigh also joined the injured list. The injuries knocked Sligo off their stride and Creggs took control of the game running in some fine scores before the referee blew the final whistle.
Next week Sligo travel to Westport to take on the Mayo outfit. Sligo will take heart from their first half performance, and will be looking to pick up valuable league points. SLIGO: Fiachra Doherty, Conal Ryan, Brian Cox, Phillip Carter, Jack McDermott, Cormac Murray, Hugh Kispy, Brian Flannagan, Oisin Staunton, Mark Flannagan, Sean Snee, Sean Wynne, Fionn Costello, Sean Mc Veigh, Michael Kilcoyne. Reps Oisin Kelly, Owen Farragher, Bobby O'Hara, Fergus Lang, Martin Skiffington.
Sligo Rugby Club Christmas party is taking place in the View Bar in the Glasshouse Hotel at 8pm December 8th. Christmas Jumper is the theme this year. The event is free to all members, coaches, players, volunteers of Sligo Rugby Club. Those wishing to attend are asked to text/ring Ross Mannion 087 6356752 or email email@example.com in order to secure you place for the party. For more info go to facebook or www.sligorfc.ie.
There will be a supporters bus travelling for Sligo's up and coming match against Rainey Old Boys at Meagherafelt next Saturday. The bus will leave from the Sligo I.T. car park at 9am. To book a seat on the bus please contact Michael Storey at 0868198540