Mi­nors face Gal­way in opener

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to 0-2 with 26 min­utes played.

Sligo could have had a goal of their own when Gal­way keeper Donie Hal­lo­ran came too far off his line with Eoghan Smith send­ing in a dan­ger­ous ball, Hal­lo­ran punch­ing the ball away from the goal­mouth. Sligo did fin­ish the first half brightly with three unan­swered points from Seán Car­roll and two from Gavin Duffy see­ing the half-time score Sligo 0-5 Gal­way 2-6.

Any hopes of Sligo re­duc­ing their op­po­nent’s lead were dented when Gal­way mid­fielder Paul Kelly pointed from play only sec­onds af­ter the re­sump­tion and two more points put Gal­way ahead by 10. Smith re­sponded for the hosts with a point from play and a free on 39 min­utes but Gal­way’s fine fin­ish­ing wasn’t over yet. They scored a fur­ther 1-4 to give Sligo lit­tle hope with 10 min­utes re­main­ing.

Sligo did have their own goal chance when Smith found Moy­lan but the shot was ex­pertly saved by Hal­lo­ran in the Gal­way goal.

The hosts added three ac­cu­rate frees from Smith who scored all of their five points in the sec­ond half be­fore Gill and Oisín Gor­mally scored the last two points for the vis­i­tors. Up next for Sligo is Mayo. SLIGO: K Harte, D Bar­rett, M Jen­nings, L Flem­ing, H Gil­varry, N Kil­cullen, R Wil­son, S Doyle, M Clavin, S Car­roll (0-1), E Smith (0-6, 4f), C Finn, R Moy­lan (0-1), G Duffy (0-2), E Sweeney. Subs: C Hal­li­nan for Gil­varry (b/c 5), J Davis for Finn (36), K Cos­grove for Car­roll (62).

GAL­WAY: D Hal­lo­ran (0-1, 45), C Hal­bard, S Black, C Deane, R Mon­a­han (0-3, 2f), T Gill (0-2), C Sweeney, P Kelly (0-1), C Raftery (C), L Judge (0-1), A Hal­lo­ran, O McCor­mack, O Gor­mally (0-3), D Cox (1-1), M Coo­ley (1-2). Subs: E Walsh (0-1)for Sweeney (31), E Tin­ney (1-0) for Coo­ley (42), J McLough­lin for Judge (62), D Joyce for Cox (64).

REF­EREE: D Cor­co­ran (Mayo).

Sligo’s Ro­nan Wil­son tries to get by two Gal­way de­fend­ers dur­ing the Con­nacht Mi­nor Cham­pi­onship in Markievicz Park.

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