Sligo v Belfast Harlequins

Sligo v Galwegians

Sligo v Wanderers

Summerhill College v Garbally College

Summerhill secure top spot beating Garbally in cracker

Summerhill College beat Garbally in a cracking display of rugby to ensure their spot in the Connacht Senior Cup last four this afternoon in Hamilton Park.

Both teams gave it everything in what felt like a real cup tie with the score changing hands on six different occasions. Five second-half tries saw both sides believe they could be victorious but Clyde Regan with five minutes to go got what turned out to be the game-winning score.

It was the Ballinasloe side that opened the scoring, with Joseph Tierney kicking off the tee between the posts to give his side a three-point lead coming up to the ten-minute mark in the first half.

Summerhill started to come into the tie after this, but Garbally were proving to be a solid well versed defensive unit. The first scoring chance for the Sligo score resulted from the pressure however a penalty at the 22 in front of the posts was light work for Oisin O’Neill who levelled the score just past the quarter mark of the game. 

Kicking conditions for the first time in the tournament were favourable as O’Neill added a second penalty to put his side three points in the lead five minutes after drawing level. 

The first try of the game came from Conor Harley for Garbally. The full-back stormed through the lines with speed and touched down to give his side a lead for the second time in the game. Tierney added the extra two, the last score of the half meaning Garbally were ahead by four at the break.

Summerhill came out of the break looking for blood, and inside four minutes of the half took advantage of early pressure. Ronan O’Heir offloaded to Stefan Roche who touched down which was converted by O’Neill to give the Sligo side a three-point lead once more.

Stefan Roche made it two tries in ten minutes as Garbally were rocked at the start of the half with O’Neill continuing to be perfect from the tee stretching the Summerhill lead out to ten points and now within touching distance of the last four. 

Garbally recovered from the poor start to get their second try of the game just minutes later. A brave decision to tap and go from a penalty that was well within kicking distance proved to be a brilliant decision for the Ballinasloe side as Conor Harley went over the line from the resulting play for his second try of the game. Tierney was able to bring it back to a three-point deficit with plenty of time to play.

Conor Ryan used his great footwork in possession to shake up the Summerhill defence which allowed Shane Fitzpatrick to get in behind and score. This gave Garbally the lead once more in what was a superb display of character to come back from a poor start to the half. The kickers remained perfect with Tierney adding the conversion, Garbally now with a four-point lead having been behind by ten moments ago. 

A cracking game of rugby turned on its head once more with Ronan O’Heir catching well to attack the defence and offload to Clyde Regan who gave the Sligo side a lead again with O’Neill ensuring it was a three-point advantage the home side held going into the final five minutes. 

Sean Keane put the game to bed as the clock ticked into the red as some ingenuity from Summerhill caught Garbally napping with Keane going over the line and O’Neill adding the extra points to take the bonus point away from Garbally with the last play of the game.

Summerhill go three from three in the group to top the table and can now sit back and watch on to see who they will host in the last four of the competition.

Garbally now need results to go their way to allow them to take hold of second place in their final fixture away to St. Muredach’s.

Sligo v Dungannon

Summerhill College v Marist College Athlone

Summerhill College v St. Muredach’s College

Summerhill defeat St. Muredach’s in tricky conditions in opening Senior Cup fixture

Summerhill opened their Connacht Senior Cup campaign with a five-point victory over St. Muredach’s College under tricky conditions in Hamilton Park this afternoon.

Tries from Regan and Schön either side of the half along with an O’Neill penalty ensured a 13-5 victory. Muredach’s did level the game early in the second half through Brown but the Sligo side never looked back from there. 

The weather in Hamilton Park along with potential first-round cup nerves lead to a scrappy and scoreless opening period. 

Summerhill dominated the early phases of the game and after winning a couple of penalties which they opted to take the scrum in, they decided Oisin O’Neill should kick for goal, however, the first placed kick of the afternoon drifted wide in what can only be described as treacherous kicking conditions. 

Coming up to the halfway mark of the first half it was a continuation of little errors that were costing Summerhill from taking the lead alongside a stout St. Muredachs defence. 

It was just after the twenty-minute mark when Summerhill opened the scoring through Clyde Regan who broke the tackle and got down on the second attempt to take what was a deserved lead up to this point of the match. O’Neill again struggled to find the posts in tricky conditions leaving Summerhill up by five.

St. Muredach’s struggled to build any attack in the opening half. Upon finding some territory lineout errors which again saw the weather become a stumbling block saw them turnover possession just as quickly as they advanced up the field. 

At the break, Summerhill held their slender five-point lead but Muredach’s started to come into the game before the interval and would be looking to keep this momentum into the second half. 

Muredach’s did exactly that as they immediately pushed Summerhill back and broke into the 22 for the first time but another handling error cost them position. 

They eventually made their early momentum count after a great cross-field kick ended up with Conor Brown touching down to level the scores in the second half. Fly-Half Ben Matheson was not able to add the extra points with the conditions still not favouring place kickers with a horrible swirling wind in play. 

Summerhill kicked back into gear immediately after the equalising try as they went through the phases down at the Muredach’s line and Kealan Schön went over the line after a quick tap and go from a penalty saw Summerhill take the advantage back once more in the game with just under 20 minutes to go. O’Neill struggled to convert the additional points once more. 

The Sligo side did not let off the pressure as they looked for an insurance score going into the closing minutes of play and despite a number of attacking errors, their ability to keep the pressure on Muredach’s forced the turnover often. 

Oisin O’Neill put some daylight between the sides with just eight left on the clock. A penalty from 18 metres out which was well struck had enough power to negate the conditions and went between the posts. 

Ben Matheson did take the opportunity to kick for the posts with the last kick of the game and despite the conditions managed to find the posts securing a potentially major bonus point for St. Muredach's but it was Summerhill who will go away with the victory in Round 1 winning out by five points.

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Summerhill College v Colaiste Iognaid

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