Friday 9 December 2016

Boss Rooney thrilled to keep Sligo fighting on two fronts

Sligo1-14 Roscommon 3-5

Published 06/07/2015 | 02:30

For the first time since 1954 Sligo will contest Connacht minor and senior finals in the same campaign (Photo: SPORTSFILE)
For the first time since 1954 Sligo will contest Connacht minor and senior finals in the same campaign (Photo: SPORTSFILE)

For the first time since 1954 Sligo will contest Connacht minor and senior finals in the same campaign.

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With Niall Carew's seniors already through to the decider, Aidan Rooney's minor outfit followed suit as they qualified for a July 19 date with Galway.

Winning boss Rooney was delighted, saying:

"We had the game won twice, maybe three times - so I delighted to get across the line."

It was a nervy win for Sligo as they sloppily let slip a seven-point lead, 1-10 to 1-3, as battling Roscommon drew level in the 59th minute at Kiltoom when the excellent Brian Stack netted his side's third goal.

But Sligo, for whom pacy corner-forward Kyle Cawley scored 1-3, secured the win with three quickfire points in two minutes of added time.

Both sides squandered chances - Sligo hit 11 wides and Roscommon nine - but the home side will rue a missed goal in first-half added time, when Brian Stack's goalbound effort hit the post, while Luke Carty's impact was cut short when the substitute picked up a first-half black card two minutes after coming on.

Ex-Leitrim player Rooney, nephew of Sligo GAA legend Mickey Kearins, added: "That win will stand to our guys - they had to dig really deep at the end of it and I'm glad they did because it would have been very disappointing to lose having conceded a seven-point lead."

SCORERS - Sligo: K Cawley 1-3; C Herron, D Cummins, L Gaughan (1f) 0-2 each; S Power, S Carrabine, P O'Connor, P Kilcoyne, R Kennedy 0-1 each. Roscommon: R Hughes, B Stack, D Glynn 1-0 each; C McKeon (2fs), H Darcy (2fs) 0-2 each; C Murray 0-1.

ROSCOMMON - J Fetherstone; J Donoghue, A Dowd, D Duff; R Hughes, M Richardson, L Kelly; G Keenan, C Murray (c); M McGloin, B Stack, K White; C Payne, H Darcy, C McKeon. Subs: L Carty for Kelly (15), M Bourke for Carty (19, BC), D Glynn for McKeon (42), C Lennon for White (51).

SLIGO - E Kilgannon; B Mahon, E McGuinness (c), M O'Dowd; N Mullen, F Cawley, S Power; D Cummins, P Kilcoyne; L Gaughan, N Rooney, S Carrabine; K Cawley, P O'Connor, M Gordon. Subs: C Herron for Carrabine (35), A Kearns for Mahon (46, BC), R Kennedy for Gaughan (52), K Banks for F Cawley 60+2, BC).

REF - L Devenney (Mayo)

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