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kelly's strike has sligo in the 'clare'

The Sligo Leitrim representative team made the long trip to Ballinasloe to take on the might of Roscommon in the second round of the Oscar Traynor competition.

The prize to the victors a home draw against the Clare League and the possibility of getting a step nearer the Holy Grail.

Sligo Leitrim under the stewardship of Frank Mc Garry were rocked back on their heels after twelve minutes when Ronan Curran ran on to a beautiful chipped ball to crash home the opener passed Tony Clarke in the Sligo goals.

Five minutes later it was level pegging when Keith Nibbs outpaced the Roscommon defence to slot home a glorious equaliser. Then with nine minutes to half time a goal mouth scramble saw the ever alert Gareth Kelly slot home goal number two for Sligo Leitrim.

The second half seen Roscommon come out with all guns blazing and it was nip and tuck for the visitors defence. Ten minutes from time Roscommon were awarded a penalty Peter Keighrey stepped up to take the pressure shot and blazed his effort wide to finish off any hope Roscommon had of a fight back.

Sligo Leitrim now goes on to entertain the Clare league in the next round.

International team manager Gerry Smith was also a spectator at the game and both sides gave him plenty of food for thought for places in the upcoming international quadrangular tournament in April.

In the Sligo Southern Hotel Super League Boyle Celtic shared the spoils with Ballisodare United Killen Conboy netted for Boyle with Gerry Heeran banged in the equaliser.

Aughanagh Celtic with a double strike from Stephen Craig and a third by his brother Kenneth took the points at home to Coolera Rovers who scored a consolation goal through John Keane.


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