Under15s Clear the (Castle)Bar

Sligo’s Under15s made hard work of their Strandhill fixture against Castlebar sneaking home by a four-point margin, but secured an all-important homeground quarterfinal. Sligo made a near-perfect start clearing quick ruck ball to flying winger Odhran Guildea for first points on the board.

Jolted into action, Castlebar returned the favour straight away, their pick-and-drive breaking through host defences. Big hits aplenty characterised the opening quarter, but flanker Dylan Gardner evaded one to score Sligo’s second. Darragh Cummins’ conversion widened the margin further.

Castlebar’s “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” policy paid off again, the rolling maul and short runners responsible for two more tries. Sligo too took solace from their strengths and gave Ryan Feehily space out wide with five minutes on the clock. His barnstorming finish saved the day wide out, Liam McElhenny slotting a magnificent conversion to rub salt into the wound. A spectacular enough finish by anyone’s standards, McElhenny went one better at training and broke his collarbone.

Team and management wish him a speedy recovery.

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