Tuesday 28 February 2017

Sligo dig deep to ensure four Connacht sides in AIL

Daragh Small

Corinthians are the only Connacht side in Division 2A after they staved off relegation with a good run of results towards the end of the season Stock photo: Sportsfile
Corinthians are the only Connacht side in Division 2A after they staved off relegation with a good run of results towards the end of the season Stock photo: Sportsfile

Connacht will have four representatives in the Ulster Bank League again next season after Sligo salvaged their place in Division 2B in a remarkable 24-22 win at home to Enniscorthy.

However Galwegians' relegation to Division 1B means that Connacht won't have a team in the top tier of the AIL - there are seven Leinster sides and three from Munster.

Galwegians are back down to 1B, which they won last season after a dramatic final-day win over Garryowen, who remain in 1A next season. 1B contains two Connacht sides, with Buccaneers the other representative. There are two northern outfits, two from Leinster, and four from Munster.

Corinthians are the only Connacht side in Division 2A after they staved off relegation with a good run of results towards the end of the season. Blackrock are the only Leinster side: there are four northern sides and four from Munster.

Division 2B is made up of three Ulster teams, five Leinster and three Munster sides. And Sligo are joined in Division 2C by two Ulster sides, three Leinster and four Munster teams.

Galwegians lost their Bateman Cup semi-final to Cork Con last weekend, despite Brian Murphy's brace of tries.

And elsewhere in the league, Brett Wilkinson will remain as Buccaneers coach for at least another two seasons.

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