Raymond leaves Sligo one step from Croker
Sligo 1-26 Lancashire 0-15
Last year's finalists Sligo edged closer to a return to Croke Park with a 14-point defeat of Lancashire in Birmingham.
If Declan Loughnane's charges avoid defeat at home to Leitrim in their final round-robin game on Saturday they will win a place in the decider.
The visitors enjoyed a blistering start and were six points ahead by the mid-point of the opening period.
But Lancashire reduced the gap to just two points by the half-time whistle, 0-13 to 0-11.
The second period was a different affair as Sligo pulled clear, Michael Gilmartin coming off the bench to nab the only goal.
Lancashire managed a couple of late points, but top scorer Keith Raymond and Sean Kenny rounded off the scoring to seal Sligo's win.
Scorers -Sligo: K Raymond 0-9 (4fs), S Kenny 0-7, B O'Loughlin 0-3, M Gilmartin 1-0, R Cox, K Gilmartin 0-2 each, C Behan, M Davey, L Reidy 0-1 each; Lancashire: P Duggan 0-7 (6fs), D Coughlan 0-3, T Goulding, N Unwin 0-2 each, S Tierney 0-1.
Sligo - N McGrath; R Redmond, T Brennan, G Feely; E Comerford, C Brenan, L Reidy; R Cox, K Raymond; G O'Kelly-Lynch, C Behan, B O'Loughlin; M Davey, K Gilmartin, S Kenny. Subs: J Kenny for Brennan (28), M Gilmartin for O'Kelly-Lynch (44), D Collery for Davey (63), P Leonard for Behan (65).
Lancashire - S Hennessy; F O'Callaghan, L Knocker, D Walsh; A O'Haire, R O'Driscoll, S Richardson; N Unwin, S Wallace; C McArdle, D Coughlan (0-3), P Duggan; N Burns, T Goulding, S Tierney. Subs: J Sheehan for Couglan (53), M McCarthy for Wallace (60), M Gallagher for O'Callaghan (66).
Ref - K Brady (Louth).
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