Flanagan demands improvement as subs save wasteful Sligo
Sligo 0-12 Limerick 0-10
Sligo manager Pat Flanagan believes his wasteful side need to make significant improvements if they are to challenge Cork in Round 4A of the qualifiers.
Considering that the Leesiders have already played Tipp in this year's championship, no draw will be required for the next round. But if Brian Cuthbert was among the 2,695 at Markievicz Park on Saturday evening, he'd have been confident of an immediate return to winning ways on July 26.
However, since exiting the Connacht championship to Galway, Sligo have taken a couple of gradual steps forward with this win over Limerick and last week's against Wicklow.
"When it came to championship, we were just that yard off the pace. There is no point in saying any different," said Flanagan. "It's an opportunity for us to see where we are at. We have pushed on now and are in the last 12, having only started in January, so it's testament to the players and the quality and the work rate they are putting in."
No player wants to be tagged with the 'super-sub' moniker, but Stephen Coen's late scores came when Sligo most needed them. But Flanagan says he had hoped for more overall.
"We were the better team on both days, but we didn't push on from the Wicklow match to get the scores and be further ahead."
The sides were tied at 0-6 each at half-time on Saturday, but inspired by Kevin McDonnell in midfield and Johnny Martin at full-back, Sligo eventually gained the upper hand.
But because of their wastefulness and late scores from Eoin Hanrahan and Micheal Brosnan, Sligo still needed impact off the bench from Coen, James Kilcullen and Shane McManus to take the deserved win.
John Brudair can take positives from his first year in charge of the Treaty men but he felt real advancement would have been reaching the next round.
"I would have felt that there had been progress made if we would have won today," said Brudair.
scorers – Sligo: A Marren 0-3 (3fs), M Breheny (f), S Coen 0-2 each, A Devaney ('45'), K Cawley, P Hughes, J Kilcullen, S McManus 0-1 each. Limerick: I Ryan 0-3 (2fs), G Collins, B Scanlon (1f, 1 '45') 0-2 each, K Phair, M Brosnan, E Hanrahan (f) 0-1 each.
Sligo – A Devaney 8; R Donovan 6, J Martyn 8, N Ewing 8; C Harrison 7, B Egan 7, K Cawley 8; K McDonnell 9, A McIntyre 7; B Curran 7, J Hynes 7, P Hughes 7; M Breheny 7, A Marren 7, D Kelly 8. Subs: J Kilcullen 7 for Egan (h-t), S Coen 8 for Hynes (54), L Bree 6 for McDonnell (68), S McManus 7 for Curran (69).
Limerick – B Scanlon 7; S O'Dea 7, J McCarthy 7, M O'Riordan 7; I Corbett 7, P Browne 6, P Ranahan 6; S Buckley 6, J Galvin 6; D Tracey 6, G Collins 7, G Hegarty 6; D Neville 7, K Phair 6, I Ryan 7. Subs: E Hanrahan 7 for Phair (40), M Brosnan 7 for Hegarty (48), J Mullane 7 for Neville (51).
Ref – F Kelly (Longford).