Tuesday 24 April 2018

U21s face uphill battle in Tuam

Sligo Under 21s hope to sweep aside the tides of history when they take on Galway in the opening round of the Connacht Under 21 Championship at Tuam next Monday (4pm)

Sligo have never won the Provincial Under 21 title and the county has an extremely poor record at Tuam in all grades.

So the odds are stacked against the Yeats County as they bid to end their barren spell But manager, Anthony Brennan, refuses to accept that it's mission impossible for his side.

"We'll do our best to be competitive and if we are then we'll be in with a chance", he insists.

"Galway will be overwhelming favourites but at this level anything is possible.

"It's a one-off game and we have to believe that we can upset the odds"

Denis Johnson guided Sligo to a shock win over Galway two years ago and Brennan is hoping the current crop of Under 21s can follow suit.

Sligo's preparations haven'ta been helped by the absence of senior squad members for a number of challenge games. However, exciting forwards, Brian Egan, Niall Murphy and Kevin McDonnell are available on this occasion and will give the Sligo attack added firepower

Other players likely to feature in the starting fifteen are Mickey O'Hehir, Cathal Brennan, Gareth Ryan, Cian O'Dowd, Colm Egan and Seamie Cawley.

Goalkeeper, Vinny Cadden, and defender, Cristeoir Davey, are out through injury while Joe Rogers is facing a race against time to be fit.

"Sligo have a poor record in the Under 21 Championship but we've put in some good efforts over the last couple of years", says Brennan.

"If we can get our best team on the pitch and be competitive over the hour, we'll be in there fighting", he adds. The winners of Monday's game will meet Mayo in the Connacht semi-final on March 23rd.

Meanwhile, Sligo Minors get their Connacht League campaign under way when they meet Leitrim at Cloone on Friday (7pm)

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