Thursday 22 February 2018

Marren and Hughes goals hand Corey first Sligo win

Sligo 2-17 Leitrim 0-13

Sligo's Adrian Marren. Photo: Sportsfile
Sligo's Adrian Marren. Photo: Sportsfile

First-half goals from Pat Hughes and Adrian Marren set Sligo on their way to a comfortable win over Leitrim as Cathal Corey secured his first win as manager of the county's senior team at a wintry Bekan.

Stephen Coen opened the scoring for Corey's team from a free and the dependable Keith Beirne replied in kind before Yeats County full-forward Hughes netted to propel his team three points clear.

Scores from Jack Heslin and Beirne had Leitrim back within the minimum by the 14th minute but wing-back Gerard O'Kelly Lynch and Marren edged the winners three clear again.

With the bit between their teeth, Sligo kicked on with further points from Marren and Coen making it 1-8 to 0-4 after 27 minutes.

Marren then pounced for his major deep into first-half stoppage time after Ryan O'Rourke had pulled back a Leitrim point.

The unerring Beirne slotted the first two points after the restart - one from play and one free, bringing his personal tally to 0-7.

Patrick O'Connor nudged the gap back out to eight points with 15 minutes remaining, 2-12 to 0-10, and the Division 3 side ran out convincing winners, with Niall Murphy catching the eye after coming off the bench and corner-back Mikey Gordon closing the scoring with the last kick of the game.

Scorers - Sligo: Adrian Marren 1-5 (1 '45'), Pat Hughes 1-3, Stephen Coen (1f), Niall Murphy 0-2 each, Gerard O'Kelly Lynch, Paddy O'Connor, Neil Ewing, Sean Carrabine, Mickie Gordon each. Leitrim: Keith Beirne 0-10 (8fs), Ryan O'Rourke 0-2,Jack Heslin 0-1.

Sligo - A Devaney; M Gordon, L Nichloson, E McGuinness; K Cawley, P Kilcoyne, G O'K Lynch; J Clarke, P O'Connor; N Ewing, F Cawley, A Marren; S Coen, P Hughes, K Cawley. Subs: S Carrabine for Marren (42), D Cummins for Nicholson (42), J O'Reilly for K Cawley (48), N Murphy for F Cawley (52), G Brady for Clarke (62), K Henry for O'Connor (62).

Leitrim - B Flynn; L Ryan, A Armstrong, N Plunkett; J O'Brien, C Canning, D Feeley; C Moreton, D Moran; J Heslin, D McGovern, K McGloin; N McWeeney, K Beirne, R O'Rourke. Subs: M McWeeney for Ryan (30), M Murphy for Armstrong (h-t), A Flynn for Feeley (41), B Gallagher for McGloin (43), C Reynolds for Heslin (50), D Rooney for Moran(50).

Ref - D Corcoran (Mayo).

Irish Independent

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