Saturday 18 November 2017

Sligo stare into another summer of discontent

A man walks his bicycle across the pitch after the game between Dublin and Meath at Parnell Park yesterday
A man walks his bicycle across the pitch after the game between Dublin and Meath at Parnell Park yesterday
Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

Black , as part of the Sligo football strip, was a fitting colour scheme for the day that was in it.

Two noble middle-of-the-road football counties who have suffered long and hard over the years in Connacht and Leinster championship football were in sombre mood as Longford strode out in Pearse Park to challenge Sligo in the final round of Division 3 of the league. One or the other was about to be condemned to the backwaters of football for at least one season, because for the first time one of them would not be playing in the All-Ireland qualifiers since the backdoor system started in 2001. This arose from a GAA Congress decision in 2006 which was changed last week but not in time for 2008.

That left Longford, Leitrim, Sligo and Limerick all living on their nerves yesterday as two of those four were for the high-jump with, in all probability, only one game in the entire All-Ireland championship.

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