Thursday 17 August 2017

Battling Sligo come up short

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Daragh Small

Sligo's brilliant Ulster Bank League Division 2C campaign came up short and they won't be participating in the 2B/2C promotion play-off final.

It was a wonderful season for the men from north Connacht, but after 13 wins from 18 games, and finishing second in the standings, they will play their rugby in 2C again next term.

Sligo hosted Rainey Old Boys at Hamilton Park in the 2B/2C promotion play-off semi-final last Saturday, but came unstuck in a 30-21 defeat.

That result means there will be one Connacht side in Division 1A, two in Division 2A and one in Division 2C in 2017-18.

Buccaneers have been the leading light for Connacht club rugby all season, and Brett Wilkinson's team will hope to be a force in the top tier next term.

They were awesome all throughout this season in 1B, and although Galwegians came into this season looking to bounce back into 1A at the first time of asking, they were out-performed massively by their Athlone rivals.

Galwegians will be in 2A in 2017-18 as their massive fall from grace was complete and they were relegated as the tenth and bottom team in the second tier.

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Galwegians only won three of their 18 games, and they will join Corinthians in Division 2A - Corinthians finished sixth in the third tier.

They won eight and lost ten of their games to finish safe in mid-table.

Their Galway derby with Galwegians next season will be a big highlight and both sides have the potential to get back into Division 1B.

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