Sport Gaelic Football

Saturday 18 November 2017

The game at a glance

Vincent Hogan

Vincent Hogan

Man of the match

Adrian Marren (Sligo)

A remarkable return of 2-6 for the full-forward really just scrapes the surface of Marren's contribution to this victory. Also provided a bag-load of assists for his eager team-mates.

Turning point

The moment Finian Hanley floored Paul McGovern for a 52nd-minute penalty. Marren's conversion put Sligo ahead for the first time and, truth to tell, they always looked the better team thereafter.

Talking point

Was Galway's quarter-final demolition of Roscommon dramatically over-hyped? They never played with compelling momentum here, their half-forward line failing to raise a single flag from play.

Magic moment

Sligo's second goal. With just three minutes of normal time remaining, Alan Costello's sublime, arcing delivery inside put Marren one-on-one with Adrian Faherty and the finish was perfection.

Ref watch

An accomplished, undramatic evening's work for Maurice Deegan, who was helped in no small measure by the lack of cynicism in either team.

What they said

Kevin Walsh (Sligo manager):

"You know it was a hard one for Galway to go into, really hot favourites with a young team. No matter how much you think of it or whatever type of psychology you have, there's going to be a certain amount of stuff creeping in from outside."

Alan Mulholland (Galway manager): "We knew coming into this game that it was going to be very tough. Sligo were targeting this, we knew that from the bits and pieces we heard back from the camp over the last few weeks."

Match statistics

Wides: Sligo 5 (3 first-half); Galway 8 (6)

Frees: Sligo 22 (9); Galway 23 (11)

Yellow cards: Sligo 4 (Paul McGovern 14, Johnny Martyn 30, Shane McManus 39, Alan Costello 48); Galway 3 (Gareth Bradshaw 40, Finian Hanley 52, Kieran McGrath 70)

Attendance: 8,556

What next?

Sligo play either Mayo or Leitrim in the Connacht final on July 15; Galway face into an All-Ireland qualifier on July 14.

Irish Independent

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