Sligo RFC currently play in Division 2C of the Ulster Bank AIL league. They are three points clear at the top and are just over halfway through the season, but all thoughts of the league will be firmly put to the back of their minds this Saturday as they seek to end a 103-year drought in the Connacht Senior Rugby Cup.
In the long history of the Cup, Sligo have played in the final eight times but have only won the cup once, in 1913/14.
This Saturday, the local minnows, will take on Galway Corinthians RFC, who play in Division 2A, two divisions above their opponents. Sligo hope to make history by ending their centennial-long quest for victory.
In a sense, history will be made regardless, as this will be the first time the Connacht Senior Cup Final has ever been played outside Galway. Up until 1929, the final had traditionally been held in the then Galway Grammar School, but then it was moved to The Sportsground. However, this year, the Connacht ‘club of the year’ from 2015, will host the final in the capital of the northwest and a large home crowd will be there to will their team on to keep the silverware in Sligo.
Ocean FM Saturday Sport will be broadcasting live from Hamilton Park in Strandhill from 1.30-6pm to mark the occasion, thanks to Raftery & Co Accountants, The Glasshouse Hotel, The Garavogue Bar and Matt Lyons Shop.