30 Nov -0001
A.I.L Div 2B Sligo 27 Tullamore 10
A very bad day for Tullamore in Sligo last Saturday when they had to play second fiddle to an impressive home side. The game produced very few redeeming features for Tullamore who were totally outgunned up front. Two penalty tries for Sligo tells the story of the game. The big home pack had a strong scrum who drove Tullamore back all day and a very efficient line out. the Tullamore backs looked dangerous but were starved of possession. For whatever reason Tullamore looked very flat and had nobody to step up to the plate when needed. So all in all a depressing defeat for Tullamore which leaves the coaching staff with lots to work on in the next few weeks with no League action for 4 weeks. Tullamore actually started the game very well. In the first minute Aaron Deverell kicked a good 40 metre penalty and 4 minutes later Tullamore scored a terrific try. Jordan Conroy made a lovely break and put Michael Brazil away on the half way line. He showed impressive speed to cross under the posts. The conversion gave Tullamore a 10-0 lead but we were not to know that Tullamore would not score again. Sligo started to dominate and after their pack won a scrum against the head in the 16th minutetheir winger crossed for a good try to make it 10-5. With about 70 per cent possession Sligo camped in the Tullamore half but somehow only added a penalty to leave it 10-8 at the break. Tullamore were blessed to be ahead but their luck did not last. When Tullamore messed up the restart Sligo pounced for a try in the 42nd minute after a couple of 5 metre scrums to take a 13-10 lead. Tullamore made some changes introducing Darragh Lowry and Richie Hughes but the home side were now rampant. In the next 15 minutes strong home pressure led to 2 penalty tries as the Tullamore scrum was repeatedly pulverised. At 27-10 down Tullamore raised their game for the last quarter but despite some good play were unable to breach the home line. So a very disappointing performance.as Tullamore came down to earth with a bang. The 4 week break will give some of the injured players a chance to recover and strengthen the hand of the coaching staff. On a day when very few reputations were enhanced there were decent showings from Michael Brazil, Jordan Conroy, John Moloney and Eamonn Bracken.Final Score Sligo 27 Tullamore 10.
John Moloney, Dylan Kelso, Michael Brazil, Ivor Scully, Jordan Conroy, Aaron Deverell, Andrew Hyde, Eddie Brady, Cathal Feighery, Ger Molloy, Eamonn Bracken, Philip Jordan, John Hayes, Rob Connor, Barry Stewart, Darragh Lowry, Richie Hughes, Conor Molloy, Tom Gilligan, Mark Kennedy.