SLIGO MANAGER, Kevin Walsh, admitted his side made hard work of overcoming the stubborn resistance of NUIG in the second round of the Connacht FBD League at Tourlestrane last Sunday.
But he was relieved to stay on course for a place in the final of a competition Sligo have only won once in the past.
It all boils down to a crunch clash with Galway at Enniscrone next Sunday with the winners certain of clinching a place in the decider.
"It's great to have a big game with Galway to look forward to next week", said Walsh.
"This is the first time since I've been in charge of Sligo that we're going into the last game in the Connacht League with a chance of reaching the final.
"We wouldn't attach a lot of importance to the competition but next Sunday's game will be a good test for us and we'll certainly be looking to turn in an impressive performance', he added.
Reflecting on the game with NUIG, Walsh said he was pleased with the first half performance and felt that a return of ten points in the opening period reflected his side's dominance.
But it all changed after half-time as the Students hauled themselves back into contention.
"We had a few chances to kill the game off in the first five minutes of the second half and we didn't take them", said Walsh.
"Then they got a goal against the run of play. That gave them a great lift and put a little doubt into our minds. It was tough going after that and there was a stage when it looked as if they might take control of the match.
"But fair play to our lads. When it looked as if the game was slipping away from them, they had enough character to bounce back and I thought we finished well. We had to dig deep but we got there in the end and it was good to clock up a second win in the competition." The Sligo manager felt it was also important to give a number of players in the squad a run-out.
"We made several changes from the previous week", he pointed out. "We gave a lot of lads game time over the two matches and that was important. Now we can think about picking a strong team for next week's clash with Galway"