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Davey goal puts brakes on IT Sligo comeback

SLIGO recorded their second victory of the FBD Connacht League -- one more win than they managed in 12 competitive games last year -- when overcoming a dogged IT Sligo at a breezy Quigabar.

The winners' greater guile saw them home by six points, but raiding defender Johnny Davey's 48th-minute goal -- which owed a lot to poor handling by IT Sligo goalkeeper Adrian Faherty -- was needed to quell the students' comeback.

Having trailed by four points, 0-6 to 0-2, after an opening period when Sligo had the huge breeze but also landed seven wides, IT Sligo kicked three unanswered scores to squeeze the margin to a single score, 0-6 to 0-5, by the 43rd minute.

Davey's goal turned matters back in Sligo's favour, however, and substitute Colm McGee found the range with a hat-trick of frees.

IT Sligo only pointed once in the last 20 minutes but were denied a goal when Paul Garvey, one of only three scorers for the losers, saw his low effort kept out by Philip Greene.

Alan Costello, who pointed twice, and Eugene Mullen, impressive at midfield, struck the best of Sligo's first-half scores.

SCORERS -- Sligo: J Davey 1-0, C McGee 0-3 (3f), D Maye (2f), A Costello 0-2 each, M Quinn, E Mullen 0-1 each; IT Sligo: P Garvey 0-3 (1f), A Croal 0-2, D Maye 0-1

SLIGO -- P Greene; C Harrison, J Martyn, K Cawley; J Davey, S McManus, M Quinn; E Mullen, B Egan; A Costello, D Maye, J Hynes; S Coen, V Frizzell, S Kilcoyne. Subs: P Hughes for Hynes (28), A Marren for Frizzell (28), C McGee for Kilcoyne (35); M Breheny for Maye (47), T Taylor for Egan (57).

IT SLIGO -- A Faherty; R Donovan, K Keane, J Kelly; D Drake, D Geraghty, D Maye; J McDaid, S Henry; G Gaughan, K Sweeney, P Garvey; D Cummins, M McHugh, A Croal. Subs: S Ryder for McDaid (HT), R McLoughlin for D Cummins (58), E Kenny for Croal (58).

REF -- V Neary (Mayo).

Irish Independent