Marron strikes late for Sligo to finish off fading Leitrim
An added-time goal by substitute Adrian Marron was just reward for a more organised Sligo, who fully deserved their victory against a Leitrim side who faded towards the end of a competitive clash at Pairc Sean Mhic-Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday.
There was little between the sides in an open and entertaining first half as Leitrim's James Glancy and Sligo's Mark Breheny and the impressive Colm McGee dominated the scores from both play and frees.
Four Sligo points in the closing stages of the first half gave them the edge at half-time when they led 0-8 to 0-6.
Leitrim introduced Emlyn Mulligan for the second half and his impact was immediate, scoring three points in the third quarter to level matters by the 46th minute.
It was to be Leitrim's final score as they went out of the game in the closing stages with three unanswered points culminating in the added-time goal giving Sligo a deserved victory.
SCORERS -- Sligo: A Marren 1-0, M Breheny 0-5 (4f), C McGee 0-4 (2f), S Davey, C Finan, S Gilmartin 0-1 each. Leitrim: J Glancy (3f), E Mulligan (2f) 0-3 each, J Glancy, P Howard, D O'Donnell 0-1 each.
SLIGO -- P Greene; C Harrison, C Davey, R Donovan; J Davey,M Quinn, S Davey; S Gilmartin, J Murphy; E O'Hara,M Breheny,C Finan; P McGoldrick, K Sweeney, C McGee. Subs: F Quinn for E O'Hara, N McGuire for P McGoldrick, T Taylor for J Murphy, A Marren for C Finan, P Clarke for K Sweeney.
LEITRIM -- E Lyons; D Beck, J McKeon (capt), D Reynolds; C Regan, B Prior, J Glancy; D Sweeney, C Richardson; P McGuiness, D O'Connor, D O'Donnell; B Gallagher, J Glancy, P Howard. Subs: C Phelan for E Lyons, D Gilhooley for B Gallagher, E Mulligan for D Sweeney, A Croal for P Howard.
REF -- D Corcoran (Mayo).