Wednesday 24 January 2018

Maye proves Sligo hero

Manager Kevin Walsh praised ace marksman David Maye as Sligo captured their first All-Ireland title in 75 years when they defeated Kerry at Pearse Stadium on Saturday.

Maye kicked 0-8, six of them frees, as Walsh crowned a great week for Sligo, which started with the former Galway star committing to stay in charge for the next two years.

"It's great to see David Maye kicking the ball off the ground, not many can do that on dirty days any more. It is a great skill to have, particularly in an All-Ireland final," said Walsh.

Kerry finished with just 12 players on Saturday as three of their men were sent off, but it was never a dirty match.

"We think the sendings off were harsh," said Kerry manager Kerry O'Sullivan. "I don't think the referee allowed fully for the conditions out there."

Sligo were always on the front foot once Cian McNamara fired an early goal to give them a 1-2 to 0-0 lead after seven minutes.

Brendan Poff fisted home a goal shortly after replacing MacGearailt before Kieran Finan responded for Sligo.

Two late scores from sub Alan Fitzgerald gave Kerry hope, but that vanished as Colin O'Mahony and Michael Murphy were sent off.

SCORERS -- Sligo: D Maye 0-8 (0-6f), K Finan 1-0, C McNamara 1-0, P McGoldrick 0-2f. Kerry: M O'Donoghue 0-3 (0-2f); 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 (inj 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 (inj 11); C O'Mahony for O'Connor (h-t); A Fitzgerald for Coakley (40); T McGoldrick for Cahill (40); J McGoldrick for Buckley (60).

Ref -- D Brazil (Offaly).

Irish Independent

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