Sunday 26 January 2020

Evans quits after Tipp defeat

Sligo 1-16
Tipperary 0-7

Bottom-of-the-table Tipperary crashed to their fifth defeat of the league as manager John Evans quit after this disappointing 12-point defeat to Sligo at Markievicz Park.

Evans was reluctant to go into detail about his decision but admitted that the recent losing streak has had an impact.

He said: "It's hard for me to take defeat after defeat. I struggle to countenance them, entertain them or put up with them. Today is just a day for an announcement. I'm leaving Tipp having made great friends. It's not a day for anything else other than to say thank you to everybody for their cooperation."

With relegation to Division 4 likely, Tipperary did themselves no favours with a poor second-half display, having gone in at half-time level at 0-6 apiece after a spirited first-half showing.

However, once Sligo got their shooting boots on, there was no mercy for the visitors as the sharp full-forward trio of Colm McGee, Adrian Marren and Stephen Coen supplied 1-10 in total.

McGee's goal after 57 minutes was a powerful finish -- Marren provided the assist -- and Coen ended up with four points, three of these in the second half. Tipperary only scored once in a one-sided second half -- from Robbie Costigan -- and were denied a consolation goal, when Thomas Ryan's shot was grabbed on the goal-line by Sligo sub Mark Breheny.

Man of the Match: Stephen Coen (Sligo).

Scorers -- Sligo: C McGee 1-2, S Coen (1f), A Marren (3f) 0-4 each, T Taylor, A Costello, M Breheny 0-2 each. Tipperary: P Austin 0-3 (3f), S Ryan, B O'Brien, H Coghlan, R Costigan 0-1 each.

Sligo -- P Greene 6; N Ewing 5, J Martyn 6, R Donovan 6; C Harrison 7, M Quinn 6, J Davey 7; T Taylor 7, S McManus 6; A Costello 7, P Hughes 6, D Rooney 5; C McGee 6, A Marren 7, S Coen 8. Subs: M Breheny 6 for D Rooney (28), P McGovern 5 for N Ewing (52), B Egan 4 for P Hughes (59), N McGuire for M Quinn (63).

Tipperary -- P Fitzgerald 6; A Morrissey 5, L Egan 5, C McDonald 5; R Kiely 5, T Ryan 6, P Codd 6; E Ryan 6, D Heffernan 5; R Costigan 5, P Acheson 6, H Coghlan 6; B O'Brien 5, P Austin 6, S Ryan 6. Subs: D Leaghy 5 for E Ryan (23), M Quinlivan 5 for S Ryan (41), C Sweeney 5 for B O'Brien (58), J Ryan 5 for A Morrissey (59), A Campbell for T Ryan (70).

REF -- R McBrien (Leitrim).

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