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Keeper Faherty's long-range magic earns share of spoils

Goalkeeper Adrian Faherty's brilliant long-range free in the fifth minute of added time earned IT Sligo a sensational share of the spoils with Sligo in a closely-fought tie under lights at Ballinode on Saturday night.

Danny Cummins goaled superbly in the fourth minute to help the students into an early 1-1 to 0-0 lead.

Five pointed frees from seasoned scorer Mark Breheny had Sligo in front at the break, 0-7 to 1-3.

Points from substitute David Maye and Breheny, who supplied half of Sligo's total, seemed to have set up Kevin Walsh's charges for a one-point win, 0-12 to 1-8, with normal time elapsed.

But Faherty's marvellous outfield cameo, which tied the scores for the eighth time in wet and windy conditions, was no less than the students deserved.

They had looked very sharp throughout, with corner-forward Adrian Croal's three second-half points the pick of their scores until their captain's last-gasp contribution.

The tie looked to be headed in Sligo's direction until Faherty had the final word.

Scorers -- IT Sligo: A Croal 0-4, D Cummins 1-0, M Brady, K Sweeney(0-1f), E Keating (0-1f), P Garvey , A Faherty (0-1f) 0-1 each. Sligo: M Breheny 0-6 (0-5f), A Taaffe, D Maye 0-2 (0-1f), S McManus, S Davey 0-1 each.

IT Sligo -- A Faherty; D Reynolds, P Gleeson, P McGuire; K Keane, K Cawley, D Daly; G White, M Brady; G Gaughan, E Keating, P Garvey; D Cummins, K Sweeney, A Croal. Subs: S Coen for Keating (40), M Leddy for White (40), P Kelly for Reynolds (40), D Gallagher for Gaughan (58).

Sligo -- P Greene; B Kennedy, D Rooney, R Donovan; E McHugh, M Quinn, M Doddy; E O'Hara, S McManus; B Curran, M McGowan, S Davey; M Breheny, A Taaffe, K Finan. Subs: D Maye for Finan (41); F Quinn for Davey (53); A Costello for Curran (53); N Ewing for Quinn (57).

Ref -- M Leyden (Leitrim).

Irish Independent