Manager hails Sligo squad's fantastic effort

Published 02/08/2014 | 00:00

SLIGO'S Fr Manning Cup success is a tribute to a "fantastic" effort by the entire squad.

That's the view of manager, David Cummins.

Last Wednesday's 1-13 to 0-15 victory over holders Offaly was Sligo's first triumph since 2010.

David said: "We're delighted.

"This has been building up all year and the players have all put in a tremendous effort."

The Sligo manager added: " Certain guys were in possession of the jersey at a certain point in time.

"Another group of players could have come in and done an equally good job.

"We had a very good panel.

"We knew they would never give up and so it proved all year."

Reflecting on the game against Offaly, David said: "Our full-back line was very strong, with good physical strength.

"Brian Mahon (Owenmore Gaels) was outstanding at full-back.

"The pace of Gerard Perry also stood out.

"Our midfield fought diligently against brilliant opposition.

"There was a great work ethic throughout the team."

The Manager said Sligo had also stuck to their game system.

He explained:

"We operated with a sweeper, Daire Kearns and asked our two wing forwards, Sean Carrabine and Liam Gaughan to do a lot of work.

"The guys performed their duties perfectly.

"The captain Patrick O'Connor scored 8 of our points, 5 of them from play.

"The ball carrying ability of Gary Anderson was another feature of our play."

The Sligo Manager said a lot of good work had been done with the players as they came through the ranks.

He recalled that one of his backroom team, Sean Davey, was a member of the Sligo side which had won the Fr Manning Cup in 1994.

Many of them were on Sligo's Connacht Championship winning team of 2007.

The other members of Sligo's backroom team were Hubert Gilvarry, Pat Kilcoyne and Cormac Kearns.

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