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Thursday 18 October 2018

Leitrim game falls foul to weather as Corey's charges now take on Roscommon

Sligo's second game in the Connacht FBD League fell foul to the weather in a frosty Ballinamore on Sunday as officials called the game off prior to throw-in.

A number of games around the country had a similar fate as temperatures dipped. The Sligo v Leitrim fixture was refixed yesterday and it will now go ahead on Wednesday, January 17th at 7pm, the venue has yet to be announced.

Focus now turns to Kiltoom tomorrow evening, with the Yeats men travelling to take on Kevin McStay's Roscommon at 7pm.

Sligo boss Cathal Corey said he was impressed at his side's performance in the opening round with Galway.

They were narrowly beaten by four points. That game was his first competitive game in charge and the manager said he was pleased overall with the performance in Bekan.

"I think for the first game it was a good performance overall. It was a very competitive game and the young players who came in did very well.

"Unfortunately they got the goal which was the difference in the end but it's not about the result, I am happy with how the boys performed. This is all about a learning curve, that's the big thing."

The Tyrone man said that although the Leitrim game didn't go ahead it's good to see it rescheduled.

"It was disappointing as we wanted to give some of the lads a chance on Sunday but it was all about players' safety and the officials made the right decision that the pitch was unplayable.

"It's going ahead now Wednesday week which is good."

In terms of tomorrow's game with Roscommon, Cathal said he is aware that they are a strong side.

"They had a good win in their first game (with Leitrim) and they have a few lads back who opted out and I know they are happy with the panel this year.

"It's great to have games like these to enjoy as there's no big pressure. For us it's about gathering intensity, having the work and the desire there."

He said the players are working very hard at training ahead of the big game at the end of the month, when Sligo travel to take on Armagh in the first game of the Allianz League.

"The lads are working hard at everything and Aaron Gyles (strength and conditioning coach) says he is very happy with their work.

"The big test for us is January 28th when we go to Armagh. It's a huge game for us as everything we do is geared towards that," he added. Tomorrow's game with Roscommon in Kiltoom is starting at 7pm. The following Wednesday, Sligo take on Leitrim.

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