Saturday 20 January 2018

Coen strikes late to break Sligo hearts

Mayo 2-8 Sligo 2-5

Darren Coen of Mayo. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Darren Coen of Mayo. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile Newsdesk

Darren Coen struck 1-1 in added time to break Sligo hearts and send defending champions Mayo into the final.

Coen coolly converted a penalty in the third minute of added time and tapped over a free a minute later to give him a tally of 1-5.

Sligo thought they had done enough when defender Michael Gordon finished a slick attack for a sumptuous goal that put the home side a point clear, 2-5 to 1-7, in the last minute of normal time.

Before their late flourish, the holders kicked 10 wides, eight in the second-half when playing with the wind.

Mayo, who led 1-5 to 1-2 at half-time, failed to score for 25 minutes in the second half and were almost undone by a Sligo recovery that yielded 1-3.

Mayo, sharper in front of goal in the first-half, netted after 19 minutes when Ronan Malee buried a shot and they were denied at least three other goals during a scrappy opening half before coming good late on.

Scorers - Mayo: D Coen 1-5 (1-0 pen, 0-4fs), R Malee 1-1, S Kelly, A Farrell 0-1 each. Sligo: D Quinn 1-2 (0-1f), M Gordon 1-0, P Kearins, D Kilcoyne (f), R McKenna 0-1 each.

Mayo - S Nallen; N Freeman, L Ketterick, B Leonard; C Reape, B Sheridan, P Feerick; P Collins, G Keane; A Farrell, A Gallagher, S Kelly; M Forde, D Coen, R Malee. Subs: C Naylor for Leonard 8, D McHugh for Gallagher 46, R Holian for Collins 54, T Carmody for S Kelly 57.

Sligo - D Cafferkey; M Gordon, P Higgins, M O'Dowd; JF Carr, D Mahon, S Power; C Burns, S Henry; J O'Reilly, P Kearins, B Coleman; J Rogers; J Rogers, D Quinn, D Kilcoyne. Subs: N Rooney for O'Reilly 25, C Lally for Coleman h-t, R McKenna for Rogers 40, V Frizzell for Kilcoyne, E McDonagh for Cafferkey 50

Ref - A Clogher (Roscommon)

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