The Supermacs Connacht Youths Under15 Cup final played out in furious fashion on the Sportsground’s main pitch at 1.00pm Monday afternoon, but to no avail, the nil-all scoreline yielding no result and a replay later this week. Corinthians (with a healthy Ghaeltacht complement on board) failed to post any points against the rampant Sligo, but managed to contain all goal-line threats the northerners made against them in reply. Quite aside from the titanic struggle which ensued on the ground, the Heavens provided little respite as showers fell throughout the fixture graduating briefly to hail and even succumbing to sunshine in the closing stages. For the most part however, it was miserable. That said, the spectacle drew nearly 230 loyal supporters, most of whom hunkered under the Clann Terrace and proffered much in the way of support and volume for the youngsters on show. Corinthians/An Ghaeltacht had the pick of the set-piece scrums making several telling yards off the back in both first and second halves, but surrendered supremacy in the lineout to Sligo’s tall timber and varied lobs. Again, in structured play Corinthians/An Ghaeltacht looked the more enterprising on attack, but Sligo by far the most dangerous in broken play and on counter-attack, outside centre and fullback the pick of their crop. Handling in greasy and blowy conditions scuppered any real chance either outfit had of stringing together more than four or five phases, although each did on one occasion in the second half. Both Sligo and Corinthians/An Ghaeltacht’s enthusiasm to pounce on opposition errors meant play swung from 22m to opposite 22m at a moment’s notice, and in dry, still conditions, both teams may well have racked up three or four tries apiece. The final replay, tentatively scheduled for late afternoon Thursday this week, will once again boil down to gameplan specifics and each’s ability to best utilise (or contend with) prevailing conditions.

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