Senior club championship draw pits 2021 finalists together
Sligo GAA Chairman Sean Carroll this evening oversaw the draw for the round robin stages of the Homeland Senior and the Connacht Gold Intermediate and Junior championship draws at the Centre of Excellence in Scarden.
The headline outcome puts county senior champions Tourlestrane in a group with the teams that they beat in the last three finals - Coolera/Strandhill (beaten finalists in 2021 and 2019) and Drumcliffe Rosses Point (beaten finalists in 2020).

The Connacht Gold Intermediate Championship will see three teams from west Sligo in direct opposition - Castleconnor, Easkey and Enniscrone/Kilglass.

In the Junior A championship, all three of the clubs fielding their first team in the competition - Owenmore Gaels, Cloonacool and St Michaels are grouped together with Tourlestrane who won the competition oin 2020 but were relegated back from last year's intermediate return.


There are 17 teams in the Junior C championship with 4 groups of four and a group of five that includes Coolaney/Mullinabreena and St Farnans who needed a replay (that took place in 2021) to settle the 2020 edition of this championship in 2020

The full draw can be viewed here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJksY0EWNzg

Last updated 22/06/2022 @ 01:13 Read More >>


Club Sligo draws for March, April and May
Away from the playing fields, club or county, Club Sligo is an important initiative supporting the development of football and hurling in Sligo.
Last week we had the Club Sligo Draws for April, May and June. The draw was conducted at the Centre of Excellence by the Chair of Club Sligo, David Cummins with county midfielder Peter Laffey attending as an independent overseer.
The following were the winners
Club Sligo Members Draw-March 2022
1st € 500 Donal Taaffe Ballintogher
2nd € 100 Declan Hallinan Enniscrone
3rd € 100 Friends of Sligo Rovers C/O Vincent Nally
4th € 100 Breda McGauran Old Bundoran Rd, Sligo
5th € 100 Western Gaels Hurling Club
6th € 100 Aidan O'Reilly Carney

Club Sligo Members Draw-April 2022
1st € 500 Gerard Clarke Beltra
2nd € 100 Charlie Hegarty Grange
3rd € 100 Shamrock Gaels GAA Club
4th € 100 Western Gaels Hurling Club
5th € 100 Cormac Kearns Ballysumaghan, Sooey
6th € 100 Eugene Gilligan Collooney

Club Sligo Members Draw-May 2022
1st € 500 Feehilys Funeral Home Cartron Cross, Sligo
2nd € 100 Shane Kilcoyne Tubbercurry
3rd € 100 John Gavaghan Riverside Hotel
4th € 100 Tom McMahon Coolera
5th € 100 Brian Kelly Kevinsfort Heath
6th € 100 Joe Murphy Kilmacowen
A sincere thanks to all for their ongoing support for the development of Sligo GAA.

Last updated 22/06/2022 @ 01:11 Read More >>


Sligo end up three short in gripping Tailteann Cup semi final

In a game which showed up both where Sligo’s senior footballers have developed their game and where there is opportunity to grow further the Yeats County’s 2022 championship journey came to an end with a three-point defeat at the hands of Cavan in the Tailteann Cup semi-final in Croke Park on Sunday.

Although Div Four champions and 2020 Ulster champions Cavan were always favourites and were never behind, Sligo recovered from a slow start to keep the game in the balance right to the last minute of second half added time.

That slow start saw Cavan who were playing into the Davin End with the benefit of a strong breeze take a six point lead, all from play before Sligo opened their account with a nicely taken point from Pat Spillane off his left side.

As they began to settle into the game with Spillane in particular getting on plenty of ball around the middle of the field, Sligo started to run at the Cavan defence and create plenty of chances. 

Paddy O’Connor was unlucky to see a cleverly disguised shot for the top corner come back off the crossbar but shortly afterwards Sligo got the breakthrough their more adventurous play deserved when the raiding Towey was fouled as he reached the penalty area and O’Connor converted the penalty to bring Sligo right back into the game.

Sligo had further points from Pat Hughes and Daragh Cummins but Cavan kept the scoreboard ticking at the other and got three late points to go in five up at half time – 0-11 to 1-3 with Devaney saving a goal bound shot from Gearoid McKiernan at the death.

Sligo brought leading scorer Niall Murphy onto the field at that start of the second half and he instantly gave Sligo added movement and zip up front. 

In a very evenly balanced second half Murphy notched five point and was directly involved in two other as Sligo took the initiative and ran at Cavan from all angles.

At the same time in defence the Sligo rear-guard were reducing their opponents to scores on the break, led by full back Evan Lyons who had Cavan target man Paddy Lynch completely tied up. When Cavan did get through they again found Devaney in imperious form with one diving save from McKiernan in particular standing out.

In addition to Murphy, Spillane, O’Connor (twice, one mark), Sean Carrabine (three, two frees) and Alan Reilly were also on target as the Yeats County got back to two points in a number of occasions but couldn’t get any closer.

In the finish, it was a game Sligo could have won but just lacked a little in being clinical in the final third having given their opponents a six-point head start.  

Cavan: R Galligan (0-1, 1f); K Brady (0-1), P Faulkner, Conor Brady (0-1); Ciaran Brady, J McLoughlin, O Kiernan (0-1); K Clarke (0-1), T Galligan (0-1); S Smith, G McKiernan (0-4, 1f), G Smith (0-4); M Reilly (0-1), P Lynch (0-1), J Smith(0-2). Subs: C Madden (0-2) for Reilly (31); O Brady for S Smith (58); C Moynagh for K Brady (66); L Fortune for C Brady (68); C Conroy for Lynch (75).

Sligo: A Devaney; N Mullen, E Lyons, P McNamara; L Towey, D Cummins (0-1), P Kilcoyne; P Laffey, P Spillane (0-2); M Gordon, A Reilly (0-1), K Cawley; S Carrabine (0-3, 2f), P Hughes (0-1), P O'Connor (1-2, 1-0 p, 0-1 mark). Subs: N Murphy (0-4) for Hughes (h/t); M Walsh for Cawley (53); D Quinn for Cummins (62); C Griffin for Laffey (63); D Conlon for Spillane (70).

Last updated 22/06/2022 @ 00:49 Read More >>


Sligo County Council honours Sligo U20 footballers with civic reception
The Sligo U20 footballers were last night honoured with a civic reception from Sligo County Council in the County Council Chambers to celebrate their victory in the Connacht U20 football championships.

The reception was hosted by Cathaoirleach Councillor Paul Taylor, who was himself for many years a mainstay of the Sligo gaelic football team, first as a player and more recently as manager of the county team in 2018 and 2019.

Councillor Taylor was accompanied by Councillors Marie Casserly, Declan Bree, Martin Connolly, Thomas Walsh, Thomas Healy, Tom Fox, Martin Baker, Gerard Mullaney and Michael Clarke. Councillor Casserly's son Luke was a member of the successful U20 team.

In addition to members of the U20 squad led by captain Jack Lavin and their management team led by Dessie Sloyan, the reception was at attended by a number of members of the Executive of Sligo GAA led by Chairman Sean Carroll and Secretary Bernardine McGauran. 

Speaking in response to Mr Taylor's comments welcoming the teams Mr Carroll said "It is a great honour to be invited here today for this Civic Reception to mark the historic achievement of our county U20 footballers in winning the Connacht Championship this year. This is Sligo’s first ever success at this level and indeed the first Connacht title we have won on home soil in history. When I think back to that evening many memories flood back…..the tension, the frustration, the excitement and then the pure joy as Sligo people got to celebrate together following a dramatic win.

Those moments and emotions I speak of are precious and it is fitting that those who generated them are recognised here this evening. Long before that glorious evening this journey started in schools, clubs, then through to development squads, minor squads and up to late last year when this group started to prepare in earnest for the 2022 season. I want to pay tribute to the parents and club and county coaches who assisted these young men along the road. Most especially I would like to thank Dessie Sloyan and his management team who left no stone unturned to make sure these lads were as well prepared as possible. That diligence manifested itself in the efforts of the players who showed incredible resilience along their journey, not least on that Connacht final evening when all seemed lost at one stage. 

The GAA is rooted in the communities of this county as is evidenced by this group of players and their management who hail from all corners of Sligo. Sligo GAA has been delighted to partner with Sligo County Council’s initiative to highlight all that our great county has to offer and encouraging people to come back or relocate here. Some of the players here this evening were part of one of the videos produced as members of the 2021 Connacht minor winning team. We in Sligo GAA recognise the role we can play in this and as an organisation will strive to improve and be a central part of “the Sligo story” – Retaining and returning people in the county.

I’d like to thank Cathaoirleach Paul Taylor – himself a former county football star and former senior county team manager – and the County Council for this event this evening. Striving to be the best you can be is a continuos journey, but it is important to mark the wins along the way with occasions like this. I look forward to the future with much optimism when hopefully additional successes can be brought to our county." 



Last updated 14/06/2022 @ 22:18 Read More >>


Tailteann Cup semi final tickets

Next weekend all roads point to Croke Park as Sligo's Footballers makes their first visit to GAA headquarters in seven years to take on Cavan on the semi-final of the Tailteann Cup,

All tickets must be bought in advance and they are now available online at https://am.ticketmaster.com/gaa/tailteanncup22

Tickets are also available from selected SuperValu and Centra Stores in the county including

·         Centra Gurteen

·         SuperValu Ballymote

·         Congrove Centra Magheraboy

·         Centra Collooney

·         SuperValu Ballisodare

·         SuperValu Grange

·         Surlis SuperValu Tubbercurry

·         Centra Enniscrone

Tickets can also be purchased in SuperValu Boyle and SuperValu Ballina

Tickets are General Admission Only with Seating on a First come, First served basis)

The match throws in at 1:45pm

Prices:

·         Adults €25

·         Student/OAPS €20

·         Children U16 €5


Last updated 13/06/2022 @ 15:00 Read More >>


Senior footballers win penalty shoot out to secure Croke Park return

Sligo’s senior footballers emerged the narrowest of narrow victors from a thrilling championship encounter in Carrick on Shannon on Sunday that qualified them for a Tailteann Cup semi-final in two weeks’ time.

After a disastrous start that saw them concede a goal and two points without reply in the opening six minutes, Sligo set the pace almost all the way and were leading by four points as normal time elapsed into added time at the end of the game.


The home side however managed to find the equalising scores to bring the sides to extra time in which they could not be separated.

In the resulting penalty shoot-out, Sligo goalkeeper Aidan Devaney saved the first Leitrim effort to give his side the early advantage. His colleagues Nathan Rooney, Alan Reilly, Donal Conlon and Brian Egan converted their side’s first four kicks leaving them 4-3 up as Leitrim’s fifth kicker Emlyn Mulligan stepped up needing to score to keep his side in the game. Devaney however had his measure and pushed the ball wide to send the black and white hoards attending into ecstasy


Leitrim centre forward, Keith Beirne was the outstanding player of the day setting his side on the way with the first two scores and accounting for half his side’s scores (1-8) including the equalising scores at the end of both normal time and extra time.

Despite the poor start, Sligo were very much the better team over the first half, holding the home side scoreless for almost 30 minutes and leading 0-9 to 1-4 at the break, with Paddy O’Connor and Alan Reilly leading the scoring.


Sligo had the first score of the second half to stretch their lead to three but after an exchange of points, Leitrim hopes rose when substitute Jordan Reynolds levelled matters ten minutes into the half with a low shot from an acute angle after a searing run up the right wing,

Despite repeatedly failing to finish the many chances that they were creating, Sligo did build back up a lead to be four ahead with only minutes to go, only then to be reeled in by the Beirne led revival by Leitrim that brought the game to extra time.


The first half of extra time started with a bang as Sligo survived the umpires ruling out a Leitrim goal as a square ball. The sides went on to exchange just a point each in the first half and then two each in the second but couldn’t be separated until the penalty competition which played out at the town end and which brings Sligo back to Croke Park for the first time in seven years.

LEITRIM: B Flynn; P Maguire, M Diffley, C Reynolds; J Heslin, D Bruen, J Rooney; P Dolan, D Wrynn; C McGloin, K Beirne (1-8, one mark), S Moran; D Flynn, E Sweeney (0-2), R O’Rourke (0-1).

Subs: J Reynolds (1-1) for McGloin (33 mins), Ryan O’Rourke (0-1) for Reynolds (43), M Plunkett (0-1) for Heslin (51), D Rooney for Sweeney (58), D McGovern (0-1) for Flynn (66), E Mulligan (0-1) for O’Rourke, C Farrell for Diffley (both 71), S Quinn for J Rooney (74), T Prior for Moran (80).

Sligo: A Devaney; N Mullen, E Lyons, P McNamara; L Towey, D Cummins (0-1), P Kilcoyne; P Laffey (0-1), S Carrabine (0-4, one free); K Cawley, P O’Connor (0-6, two frees, one mark), M Gordon; A Reilly (0-6), P Hughes, P Spillane.

Subs: D Conlon for Hughes (56 mins), M Walsh (1-0) for Towey (58), C Marren for Spillane (63), N Rooney (0-1, free) for Carrabine (67), P Spillane for Laffey (80), B Egan for O’Connor (81).

 

Last updated 10/06/2022 @ 02:14 Read More >>