Saturday 21 April 2018

Maye haul drives Sligo

Sligo 2-10
Kerry 1-7

Sligo claimed their first All-Ireland title at any level in 75 years when they deservedly beat 12-man Kerry in Pearse Stadium yesterday.

It crowned a great week for manager Kevin Walsh, who committed to the Yeats County for another two years.

David Maye was the Sligo hero with 0-8. Sligo held a four-point lead at the break but performed admirably against the elements in a second half that saw Brendan Guiney, Colin O'Mahony and Michael Murphy sent off for Kerry.

Sligo flew out of the blocks and a Cian McNamara goal helped them into a 1-2 lead after seven minutes. The Kingdom were dealt a severe blow 11 minute in when full-forward Aodan Mac Gearailt was forced from the field with an injury, but his replacement Brendan Poff made an instant impact a minute later when he fisted John Buckley's high ball to the back of the Sligo net.

But as the heavens opened Sligo began to regain some hold on midfield and Kieran Finan was sharpest to a loose ball in the Kerry full-back line to fire home Sligo's second goal, before Maye fired over two huge frees. It was 2-4 to 1-3 at the break in favour of Sligo.

Guiney was the first of the Kerry players to get his marching orders when he was shown a second yellow card for a rash tackle on Finan. Two late scores from substitute Alan Fitzgerald gave Kerry some hope but that quickly disappeared as O'Mahony and Murphy were dismissed.

Scorers -- Sligo: D Maye 0-8 (6f); K Finan, C McNamara 1-0 each; P McGoldrick 0-2 (2f). Kerry: M O'Donoghue 0-3 (2f); B Poff 1-0; A Fitzgerald 0-2; G Sayers, E Hickson 0-1 each.

Sligo: J Farrell; D McLynn, D Rooney, L Bree; E McHugh, A McIntyre, K Gallagher; J Murphy, P McTiernan; K Finan, P McGoldrick, B Egan; C McNamara, S Stenson, D Maye. Subs: B McDonagh for McTiernan (21); N Walsh for Stenson (h-t); J Quinn for McGoldrick (57).

Kerry: S Og O Ciarubhain; G O'Connor, F Griffin, A Cahill; E Hickson, A Greaney, B Guiney; M Coakley, D Murphy; M Murphy, M O'Donoghue, A O'Sullivan; G Sayers, A Mac Gearailt; J Buckley. Subs: B Poff for Mac Gearailt (11); C O'Mahony for O'Connor (h-t); A Fitzgerald for Coakley (40); T McGoldrick for Cahill (40); J McGoldrick for Buckley (60).

Referee: D Brazil (Offaly).

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