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Friday 20 October 2017

First final in 11 years for Sligo NY

The Sligo GAA team in New York has been enjoying resounding success this year and now the side are into the Intermediate final this Sunday.

This is the first time in 11 years that Sligo have reached a final so the atmosphere is certainly electric from the Yeats county fans across the Atlantic.

The team had wins during the year over Kerry, Mayo, Leitrim and Longford to name a few.

The Sligo team includes many players from the locality who have been in the Big Apple for awhile and contribute enormously to the local GAA scene there.

Among the recognisable names are Eoin Flanagan of St John's and Vinny Cadden from Coolera/Strandhill.

Both featured for New York against Sligo when the sides met back in the opening game of the Connacht championship in Gaelic Park.

The Sligo diaspora has always promoted the GAA in New York and this year in particular has been a stellar one for the team and the support has been building ahead of Sunday's final.

The side is managed by Gerry Fox, with Brian Henry of Curry Selector and Johnny Glynn Trainer/Selector with Ger McCullagh Trainer.

The Sligo team are: Eoin Flanagan (St John's), Paddy Greene(St John's), Paul McDaid (St John's),Vinny Cadden (Coolera/Strandhill), Jamie Bannigan (Coolera/Strandhill),Darragh McConnon (Calry/St Joseph's), James Brett (Curry), John O'Hora (Curry), Paul Kelly(St Pat's), Colin Keane (St Pat's) and Shane Barry (Shamrock Gaels).

Also on the team are: Rob Gorman (Moate Westmeath), Brendan Treanor (Truagh Gaels Monaghan), Hugh Murray (Darragh Cross Down), Tiernan Lambe (Tyrone),Brian Glynn(Ardrahan, Galway), Shaun McNamee (Crossmaglen,Armagh). Daniel McKenna (Truagh Gaels Monaghan), Conall Kelly (Laune Rangers Kerry), Andrew McClean (Kilcar Donegal), Micky Lenaghan (Crossmaglen Armagh) and Sennin Flanagan (Butlersbridge Cavan).

All roads lead to the final this Sunday for the Sligo team as they will be cheered on too from across the Atlantic by their home support.

The crowds have been busy following the team's journey this season and they comprehensively beat their semi-final opponents, Rangers, on a 2-12 to 0-8 scoreline to book their place in the final.

The club says it's expecting large numbers for Sunday's final, a win would make the year even more spectacular for Sligo.

Follow the side on Facebook (Sligogaanewyork) or on Snapchat (Sligonygaa).

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