Thursday 18 January 2018

Sligo and Corinthians shine

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Daragh Small

Sligo RFC claimed the U-17 Connacht Plate with a resounding 43-17 victory over Corinthians in Castlebar in the final.

Corinthians had beaten Westport 27-12 in the semi-final but they looked tired in the decider and once they failed to score after a dominant opening ten minutes, Sligo scored the opening try.

That soon became 17-0 when Sligo added a penalty and a try before the break to give them a comfortable lead at the interval.

Ben O'Sullivan, Kealan D'Arcy Carr and Aiden O'Loughlin scored for Corinthians in the second half, but Sligo were too good this time.

They flexed their muscles as the game wore on, and they dotted down on four more occasions, three of which were converted.

It was a massive victory for Sligo, but Corinthians were successful in their bid for the U-13 Plate - Corinthians beat fierce Galway rivals Galwegians 29-15 at NUIG in a fiercely contested game.

Inside-centre Sean Fox touched down the first Corinthians effort as they assumed the ascendency early on.

And straight from the kick-off Corinthians took a 12-0 lead when Tadhg Joyce scored in the corner, with Jack Conway slotting the conversion.

Corinthians looked set to romp to victory but Galwegians hit back just before half-time to make it 12-5 at the break.

Galwegians were looking for their third title in a row at this level, but Corinthians extended their lead after half-time with Eoin Flannery powering over in the corner.

Galwegians replied with a penalty but Corinthians dominated to the finish, and despite another Galwegians effort, the Tuam Road side finished off with another couple of tries.

Irish Independent

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