SIDEUBL 2B Match Report

Instonians RFC 5 Sligo RFC 16

Sligo all but secured their Ulster Bank League status with a well deserved victory over Belfast side Instonians at Shaws Bridge on Saturday. Sligo now hold 13th place in the sixteen team league, 2 places clear of the relegation play off position, with one game remaining.

Sligo kicked off playing into the stiff breeze and quickly got into their stride. A barnstorming run from Wesley Maxwell signalled the early intent and his forward colleagues took up the mantle and responded well. Sligo’s scrum was strong with Adrian McHale and Tadgh Power ably assisting Mawell. James Wilson and David Heath were secure on their own lineout and were causing problems on the Instonians throw. Rory Kerins and Jamie Bowes were carrying well and Eoin Matthews was working well at number 8.

A heavy hail shower after 15 minutes made life difficult for both teams and it was  the 38th minute before the scorekeeper was troubled. A well struck Stefan Moir penalty gave Sligo an interval lead of 3 points to nil.

Following the resumption Sligo upped the tempo and began to make inroads into Instonians territory. Centres Gavin Foley and Chris Nairn were driving forward with intent and wingers Aaron Spring and Colin Keane were effective when called into play. 10 minutes into the half Sligo picked up the match defining score. A scrum on the left side of the Instonians 22 was moved right. Full back Mark Butler took an excellent line through the middle , handed off the cover tackle and raced away to touch down under the posts. Moir converted and Sligo were in the ascendancy .

Moir added another penalty on 65 minutes to further increase the advantage following some great work by replacement prop forward Conor Mitchell. 

With 5 minutes remaining Sligo put the game beyond reach. A well worked attack positioned Sligo in the Instonians 22. Scrum half Enda Gavin fed Moir and the outhalf cleverly popped over a drop goal to move his teams lead to 16.

Instonians responded and picked up a consolation try at the death but when the long whistle was sounded it was the Sligo faithful who were celebrating. Sligo last league game of the season takes place on 12th April at Hamilton Park against 3rd placed Skerries. Sligo have shown all season that they are capable of matching any team in the division and will be looking to finish the season with a victory. The match kicks off at 2.30


Mark Butler, Colin Keane, Chris Nairn, Gavin Foley, Aaron Spring, Stefan Moir, Enda Gavin, Wesley Maxwell, Tadgh Power, Adrian McHale, Jamie Bowes, James Wilson, David Heath, Rory Kerins, Eoin Matthews. Reps Conor Mitchell, Ross Mannion, Michael McMorrow, David Cawley, David Green, Craig Adams.

Rory Raftery
Sligo RFC



The Jes reach last four with last minute winner