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Firsts 27 – Sligo 5


Match Result

  • Result: Galwegians Firsts 27 - Sligo 5
  • Venue: Strandhill on Sat Aug 24th 2013
  • Competition: Connacht Senior League

Match Report

Galwegians kicked off the 2013/14 season with a workmanlike, but comprehensive victory away to Sligo on Saturday last.

Playing with the aid of a strong breeze and driving drizzle, Wegians quickly gained good field position with long angled kicks by Ross Shaughnessy. An early penalty kicked by Shaughnessy was followed by a Paul Power try made by the strong running of new centre Jerome Harrimate.

Strong defence around the fringes turned a lot of Sligo ball over and after a loose tap in a Sligo defensive lineout, Conor Muldoon kicked ahead and won the race for the line. Shaughnessy converted both tries and Galwegians were 17-0 in front which didn’t change before half time.

Galwegians faced the elements for the second half and opened strongly with good retention skills. Sligo however scored an unconverted breakaway try which wasn’t converted making it 17-5.

Wegians instantly raised their game and Aidan O’Sullivan broke from a driving maul to run from 20 metres and score an unconverted try. This killed off the Sligo challenge and despite many knock ons in the conditions, Wegians were comfortable in defence and the scrummage was dominant. The bonus point was secured on the last play with a scrum pushover score by no.8 Eoin Rooney which wasn’t converted.


Galwegians: 15 R Burke, 14 P Power, 13 R Moore, 12 J Harrimate, 11 C O'Rourke, 10 R Shaughnessy, 9 M Connolly, 1 J Naughton, 2 C Muldoon, 3 P Griffin, 4 A O'Sullivan, 5 B McClearn, 6 R Fitzgerald, 7 P Hackett, 8 E Rooney. Substitutes: 16 D McHugh, 17 S Thompstone, 18 B Lee, 19 R Keegan

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