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Saturday 19 April 2014

IT Sligo survive Egan's late rally

IT Sligo survived a late comeback from NUI Galway to pick up their first win of the FBD League at the Connacht GAA Centre.

Five points from Sligo attacker Stephen Coen proved crucial in the end as the Galway students staged a sterling comeback in the last seven minutes, John Egan's accuracy from frees into a stiff breeze leaving just two points between the sides at the final whistle.

"The main thing for the two teams was preparation for the Sigerson Cup," said IT Sligo boss Michael Moyles. "We were both under-strength but it was a good work-out ahead of the next few weeks. We still have plenty to work on."

His side held a three-point lead at the break, 0-9 to 0-6, but two quick points from Coen and another from Michael Forde after the restart put the Sligo students in total control.

After Coen, former Sligo panellist David Maye and Forde built on that first-period work with some good scores in the third quarter, NUI Galway rallied in the last 10 minutes as Egan and substitute Kieran Murtagh set about reducing the deficit. Gary Keane landed a great point a minute after his introduction to settle IT Sligo, but they were never in danger of losing, despite Egan's late efforts.

Scorers – IT Sligo: S Coen 0-5 (1f), D Maye 0-3 (1f), M Forde 0-2, J Rogers, R Donovan, D Gilsennan, G Keane, P Seoighe 0-1 each. NUI Galway: J Egan 0-5 (4f), M Kelly 0-4 (2f), E Troy, K Murtagh, D Hogan, Cathal Brennan 0-1f.

IT Sligo – A McCallig; K Keane, D McKernan, B McQuaid; N Hahessy, R Donovan, P Seoighe; D Maye, D Geraghty; D Gilsennan, M Forde, D Hyland; S Coen, P O'Connor, J Rogers. Subs: G White for Hyland (h-t), S Doak for O'Connor (44), W Kelly for K Keane (53), G Keane for Hahessy (53), S Fee for McKernan (60).

NUI Galway – T Lowe; K Moynagh, D Gavin, N Freeman; E Troy, A Ward, C Halloran; C Guckian, E McCann; D Hogan, S Moran, C Walsh; Cathal Brennan, M Kelly, J Egan. Subs: C O'Donnell for Ward (35), F O'Reilly for Moynagh (35), K Crowe for McCann (44), K Murtagh for Brennan (50), S Nally for Hogan (52).

Ref – P Neilan (Roscommon)

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