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Sligo 1-14 Cavan 0-20

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Peter Laffey of Sligo in action with Cavan's Thomas Galligan during the Tailteann Cup Semi-Final match between Sligo and Cavan at Croke Park. Pic: George Tewkesbury/Sportsfile.

Peter Laffey of Sligo in action with Cavan's Thomas Galligan during the Tailteann Cup Semi-Final match between Sligo and Cavan at Croke Park. Pic: George Tewkesbury/Sportsfile.

Peter Laffey of Sligo in action with Cavan's Thomas Galligan during the Tailteann Cup Semi-Final match between Sligo and Cavan at Croke Park. Pic: George Tewkesbury/Sportsfile.

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Sligo footballers left it all on the Croke Park pitch last Sunday, and if they had taken some of their goal opportunities they could have been looking forward to a final against Westmeath. Overall, however, I felt it was a fair result and Cavan were slightly better on the day particularly their efficiency. I mentioned last week that Sligo could not be below 50% conversion rate of ‘chances created’ but unfortunately this was their undoing as they played lovely positive football at times but didn’t finish some of these moves and let Cavan off the hook.

I felt Sligo played some of the better football on the day with a good mix of running support play together with accurate measured ball played into the full-forward line. Defensively I thought despite conceding twenty points they looked organised and closed off space very well in addition to some excellent goalkeeping by Aidan Devaney. To be fair to Cavan they picked off some beautiful points from long range and difficult angles and always seemed to find a score when Sligo got themselves back in the game.


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