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Raymond stars for Sligo

Sligo 3-17 Longford 1-14


Sligo's Keith Raymond. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Sligo's Keith Raymond. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile


Sligo's Keith Raymond. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Sligo hurling talisman Keith Raymond bagged 2-10 as the Yeats County wrapped up their campaign with victory over Longford at Markievicz Park.

While table-toppers Longford were already through to the Division 3B decider against Warwickshire, they'll note how Raymond took apart their defence with two superb first-half goals.

Sligo were full value for an interval lead of seven points, 2-9 to 0-8. But two crucial saves from Sligo net-minder Declan Loughnane, the team's player-manager, to keep out goal attempts from Cathal Mullane, the second of which was from a 52nd-minute penalty, ended Longford's slim hopes of a comeback.

Scorers - Sligo: Keith Raymond 2-10 (7f); Tony O'Kelly-Lynch 0-4; Eolan McCarthy 1-1; Daithi Collins, Alan Markham 0-1 each. Longford: Cathal Mullane 0-8 (5f); Paddy Farrington 1-1; Patrick Walsh 0-2 (2f); Daire Duggan (1 '65'), Conor Keegan, Johnny Casey 0-1 each.

Sligo - D Loughnane 8; E Comerford 6, A Morrison 6, G Feely 6; C Behan 6, S O'Connor 7, L Reidy 6; T O'Kelly-Lynch 8, T Brennan 6; M O'Callaghan 5, D Collins 5, M Comerford 5; A Markham 6, E McDonagh 5, K Raymond 9. Subs: D Collery 5 for O'Callaghan (h-t), T Kelly 5 for E Comerford (51), R Brennan 5 for M Comerford (51), E McCarthy 6 for McDonagh (53), R Redmond 4 for Brennan (67).

Longford - B Elliott 6; C McLoughlin 6, E Kavanagh 6, S Farrell 5; T Egan 6, K Murray 6, D Duggan 6; P Barden 6, P Walsh 6; C Keegan 6, J Casey 6, S O'Brien 5; P Farrington 6, R Murray 5, C Mullane 8. Subs: J Mulhern for Murray (55), A Sorohan for O'Brien (57).

Ref - Kevin McGeeney (Roscommon).

Irish Independent