Sharpshooter Breheny finds range to seal promotion for slick Sligo
Mark Breheny and David Kelly were the main executioners as Sligo put Roscommon to the sword at Markievicz Park, as the home side confirmed their place in the Division 3 decider against Antrim.
Needing both a win and a healthy winning margin, Sligo got both as Kelly's industry and Breheny's eye for scores -- 0-7 in total -- helped the Yeats County to their fourth successive victory, with team captain Charles Harrison also impressing at corner-back.
The winners played the more fluent football in the opening half and with Kelly operating as a ball winner and provider, they were 0-5 to 0-1 ahead after 14 minutes.
And by the 34th minute, Sligo were coasting -- 0-10 to 0-5 -- as Breheny brought his first-half tally up to 0-5 and Alan Costello also scored a fine point.
But Roscommon then hit two unanswered points before the break to be within three scores of Sligo, 0-10 to 0-7.
However, Sligo controlled the second half and at one juncture, led by nine points -- 0-19 to 0-10 -- as Kelly, Costello, Kenneth Sweeney and Tony Taylor each found the range in some style.
Corner-forward John Rogers single handedly carried Roscommon's attacking threat and his four second-half pointed frees saw him end the day with eight points, one more than Sligo's sharpshooter Breheny.
Scorers -- Sligo: M Breheny 0-7 (0-3f), D Kelly 0-5 (0-1f), A Costello 0-3, K Sweeney 0-2, S Coen, S Gilmartin, T Taylor 0-1 each. Roscommon: J Rogers 0-8 (0-6f), K Mannion 0-2, D Hussey, B Higgins, D Keenan 0-1 each.
Sligo -- P Greene; C Harrison, N McGuire, R Donovan; K Cawley, M Quinn, J Davey; T Taylor, S Gilmartin; A Costello, M Breheny, G Gaughan; S Coen, K Sweeney, D Kelly Subs: S Davey for G Gaughan, E O'Hara for Coen, D Maye for K Sweeney.
Roscommon -- M Miley; S McDermott, P Domican, R Brady; C Dineen, C Cregg, C Garvey; M O'Carroll, I Kilbride; B Higgins, D Hussey, D Keenan; J Rogers, T Kelly, K Mannion. Subs: S Ormsby for I Kilbride, M Killelea for T Kelly, S Purcell for C Dineen, D Carney for B Higgins.
REF -- G McCarron (Monaghan).