SLIGO SUFFERED a second Ulster Bank League defeat when they lost heavily to Boyne RFC at Shamrock Park on Saturday.
Following last week's disappointing home defeat to Navan RFC, Sligo were hoping to get their campaign back on track with a win in the Drogheda venue. However, Coach Simon Galvan's selection process was not helped with the loss of a number of key personnel. Team Captain Paddy Pearson was unavailable through injury and Mickey Murphy, Aidan Mc Nulty, Mark Butler and David Gerrity were not available for consideration. Despite having to field without key players, Sligo started brightly and were gaining the upper hand in the early exchanges. The Sligo scrum was giving their hosts a torrid time and the forwards were mauling with much success. Unfortunately for the visitors, the early pressure did not pay dividends and Boyne worked their way back into the contest.
Boyne slotted over a couple of long range penalties midway through the first half and added a converted try to put the Louth men 13 points ahead at the interval.
The second half saw Boyne grow in confidence and punished their hosts at every opportunity.
Sligo tried to chase the game but the high risk strategy magnified any errors and Boyne added further trys to earn the much coveted bonus point win.
Next up for Sligo is a home visit from Clonakilty RFC . The county Cork outfit were relegated from last season's division 2A and will be looking to bounce straight back. Sligo will be looking to kick start their campaign so an exciting encounter is in store. The match kicks off at 2.30 pm at Hamilton Park next Saturday. Sligo: Cathal Finneran, Eoin Matthews, Chris Nairn, Aaron Spring, Robbie Keegan, Gavin Foley, Billy Leahy, Conor Mitchell, Tadgh Power, Adrian McHale, James Wilson, Jamie Bowes, David Heath, Rory Kerins, Paddy Conlon. Reps Ross Mannion, Peter Mullan, Colm Keane, Darragh Cox