Sligo relegated after Westmeath defeat

Sligo senior Gaelic footballers have been relegated after suffering their fifth consecutive defeat in Division 3 of Allianz Football League at Collooney on Sunday.

They were beaten by Westmeath by 3-12 to 1-10 – a result which consigns them to Division 4 next season with two league games still to go (against Longford & Offaly).

Sligo were first out of the blocks with a Niall Murphy free in the sixth which gave them an early advantage but this spurred Westmeath into life. They scored  four points from play from Sam Duncan, Ryan O’Toole and the impressive Luke Loughlin  to give them a 0-04 to 0-01 lead by the 15th minute.

Sligo then enjoyed their best spell of the  game with three points in a row from play from Neil Ewing, Paul Kilcoyne and a fine long-range effort Liam Gaughan.

Two points from Luke Loughlin restored a two-point lead for Westmeath and they led 0-9 to 0-7 at the interval.

The midlanders upped the tempo in the second-half and scored three goals from John Heslin, a Ger Egan penalty and Noel O’Reilly to consign Sligo to Division 4 football next season.

Sligo’s goal from substitute Adrian Marren in the closing stages was scant consolation. Divsion four beckons in 2020.  It will be the first time Sligo have been in Division 4 since 2010.

Listen to reaction from the Ocean FM Sport  commentary team of Tommy Clarke and Dessis Sloyane here: