AFTER PICKING up his second Sigerson Cup medal with DCU last week-end, ace forward, David Kelly, will be in contention for a starting place in the Sligo team to face Cavan in round three of the Allianz Football League at Kingspan Breffni Park on Saturday next
Kelly came off the bench to contribute a goal to DCU'S comfortable victory over NUI Maynooth in the Sigerson decider and now he's hoping to line out for his county for the first time in almost a year.
The Tubbercurry forward endured a prolonged spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury but was in action during the Sigerson Cup and is ready for inter-county action.
'It's a great boost to have David back', said Sligo boss, Kevin Walsh. 'He's had a tough time with injury but he made a big contribution to DCU'S success last week-end and we're looking forward to having back in contention for the county team' One player who will not be included in the Yeats County squad for Saturday's assignment is Tubbercurry midfelder, Stephen Gilmartin, who has quit the panel due to exam commitments. He will not feature for the remainder of the League campaign.
After securing their first competitive win in a year against Wexford in the last round of the League, Sligo will be hoping to continue in that vein at Breffni Park, although Walsh is anticipating a demanding test from the home side.
'Cavan lost their first two games but they played well by all accounts. Now they are at home again and will be desperate for a win. The break in the League has given them time to regroup so they will definitely be a serious test for us', cautioned Walsh. He added: 'Having said that, we're going into the game on the back of a good win over Wexford. A lot of very positive things came out of that match and now it's a matter of building on that and trying to make further progress. We've got two home games coming up after Saturday's fixture so a victory in Cavan would set us up nicely for the run-in to the League'