Coen stars in 38-point rout
Sligo 5-24 MIT 0-1
Sligo recorded one of their biggest wins at senior inter-county level when hammering third-level students GMIT by 38 points in a woefully one-sided Connacht League tie at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence.
Led by the imperious Stephen Coen, who marked his return to Sligo's ranks by scoring an impressive 3-4, Sligo atoned for their loss to GMIT in last year's competition. It was also a first win in 2017 for Niall Carew's charges, who were beaten in the opening round by Galway.
Aside from the outstanding Coen, Adrian Marren was also sharp - kicking 0-8 - as Sligo were coasting at the interval with a 13-point lead, 1-11 to 0-1.
GMIT's only score came in the 30th minute when Christopher Donnellan converted a free.
Sligo scored at will in the second half, with Coen looking particularly sharp in front of goal, and captain Neil Ewing got in on the scoring act by adding 0-2 against Sligo's overwhelmed opponents.
SCORERS - SLIGO: S Coen 3-4 (2f); A Marren 0-8 (2f, 2 45s); C Davey 1-1; B Egan 1-0; Padraic Clarke 0-3; N Ewing 0-2; J Kelly, R Donovan, S Henry, S Gilmartin, T Taylor, D Cummins 0-1 each. GMIT: Christopher Donnellan 0-1 (1f)
SLIGO - F Ruddy; N Gaughan, E McHugh, E Connolly; J Clarke, N Ewing, K Cawley; R Donovan, A McIntyre; C Davey, S Coen , J Kelly; P Clarke, A Marren, B Egan. Subs: D McCormack for Egan (34, BC), S Henry for Kelly (h-t), S Gilmartin for Donovan (h-t), T Taylor for McIntyre (h-t), J Gillen for McHugh (h-t), D Cummins for Cawley (49).
GMIT - A Langan; K Mannion, J Downes, A Commins; F McNamara, J Kinahan, C Donnellan; B Raftery, A Moran; L Creaton, J Coen, C Coneys; E Brannigan, J Donnellan, M Shaughnessy. Subs: T Walsh for Coen (h-t), C Reilly for Coneys (h-t), M Prior for J Donnellan (44), S Feerick for A Moran (52).
REF - Martin Flaherty (Galway).