Tuesday 25 July 2017

Sligo advance to Connacht quarter-final as late Kyle Cawley goal denies New York a maiden championship win

New York 1-13 Sligo 1-21

Kyle Cawley of Sligo shoots to score his side's first goal past Vinny Cadden of New York during the Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Preliminary Round match between New York and Sligo at Gaelic Park in the Bronx borough of New York City, USA. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Kyle Cawley of Sligo shoots to score his side's first goal past Vinny Cadden of New York during the Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Preliminary Round match between New York and Sligo at Gaelic Park in the Bronx borough of New York City, USA. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Jack O'Toole

Sligo have advanced to the quarter-final stages of the 2017 Connacht Senior Football Championship, after a late goal from half-forward Kyle Cawley killed off any chance New York had of a maiden championship win.

Cawley's 65th minute strike ended any thoughts New York may have had of a late comeback after the St.Marys forward punished a tired Exiles defence to break through the hosts rearguard and fire the ball past Vinny Cadden and into the back of the net.

New York had kept it tight throughout the first 10 minutes, with Daniel McKenna, Eugene McVerry and Keelan Cawley all knocking over scores to start the game.

Both sides exchanged points at will throughout the early stages of the first-half until Sligo began to pull away after the 15 minute mark with four unanswered points.

New York would eventually reel in the The Yeats County to trail by only two points at half-time, with native New Yorker Shane Hogan and McVerry both instrumental in keeping the scores close heading into the break.

McVerry then tied the scores level 10 minutes after the restart when he scored the first goal of the game after Mark Breheny had previously extended the visitors lead to three points following the interval.

New York then took the lead with less than 20 minutes to go when Ross Wherity fired over a point from distance to give the locals some genuine hope of a first ever championship win.

Their lead was short lived however with Adrian Marren knocking over an easy free to bring the scores level again, before Sligo scored four points unanswered followed by Cawley's decisive goal to kill the game off.

New York will have to wait yet another year for their first win in the championship, while Sligo will move on to the quarter-final stage where they will meet 2016 All-Ireland finalists Mayo.

New York: Vinny Cadden; Tom Cunniffe, David Cunnane, Peter Witherow; Gerard McCartan, David Culhane, Keith Quinn; Brian Gallagher, Shane Hogan; Danny Sutcliffe; Conor McGraynor, Ross Wherity; Daniel McKenna, Shane O'Connor, Eugene McVerry.

Sligo: Aidan Devaney; Ross Donavan, Charlie Harrison, Eoin McHugh; Keelan Cawley, Brendan Egan, John Kelly; Paddy O'Connor, Adrian McIntyre; Neil Ewing (capt), Mark Breheny, Kyle Cawley; Stephen Coen, Pat Hughes, Adrian Marren.

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