Friday 20 September 2019

Comerford fires Sligo into final

Lory Meagher Cup: Sligo 0-20 Fermanagh 1-13

Sligo's Keith Raymond. Photo: Sportsfile
Sligo's Keith Raymond. Photo: Sportsfile newsdesk

Sligo are through to their third final in four years following an occasionally nervy, but eventually efficient, dismissal of Fermanagh in Tourlestrane.

Wing-back Eoin Comerford, on free-taking duty, notched 0-7, but it was midfielder Gary Cadden and Keith Raymond, the team's talisman at centre-back, who led Sligo's charge to a Croke Park date.

Fermanagh hinted that they might cause Sligo problems when John Paul McGarry's 14th-minute goal levelled matters, 1-3 to 0-6.

Five unanswered points in the last 10 minutes of the first half saw Sligo lead 0-12 to 1-6 at half-time.

The hosts maintained their lead in the second half, with fine points from Gary Cadden and Kevin Banks, while dual star Gerard O'Kelly-Lynch came off the bench.

Fermanagh were denied a possible comeback in the 58th minute when Eoin Cleary's goal-bound effort was thwarted by a save from Sligo goalkeeper Declan Reidy.

SCORERS - Sligo: E Comerford 0-7 (4f); K Banks 0-5; G Cadden 0-3; K Raymond 0-2 (2f); K Prior, L Cadden, F O'Flynn 0-1 each. Fermanagh: S Curran 0-9 (5f, 1 65); J P McGarry 1-1; C MacShea, BMcPhillips, A Magee 0-1 each.

SLIGO - D Reidy 6; J Weir 6, C O'Mahony 6, T Brennan 5; E Comerford 7, K Raymond 8, N Feehily 6; R Cox 7, G Cadden 8; K Prior 6, D Collery 5, K Banks 7; N McDermott 6, E McDonagh 5, L Cadden 6. Subs: J McHugh 4 for Collery (h-t), G O'Kelly-Lynch 5 for L Cadden (55), F O'Flynn 4 for Prior (55), T O'Kelly-Lynch 4 for McDonagh (60).

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FERMANAGH - C McPhillips 7; A Breslin 6, M Slevin 6, D Purcell 6; T Cleary 6, B Duffy 6, C Rafferty 5; R Bogue 6, C MacShea 6; S Curran 8, R Porteous 5, A MacShea 5; B McPhillips 5, E Cleary 5, JP McGarry 7. Subs: A Magee 5 for Porteous (h-t), O Russell 4 for A MacShea (57), B Jones 4 for E Cleary (68).

Ref - J Clarke (Cavan).

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