Sligo stun Mayo in Connacht minor football championship

Sligo minor gaelic footballers came from six points down in the first half to beat Mayo by four in Friday evening’s Connacht minor football championship game, played at Markievicz Park, on a final scoreline of 0-16 to 0-12.

The victory came just seven days after the Yeats county suffered a narrow two-point defeat to Galway in their opening championship game in Tuam. Here, they trailed Mayo by 0-7 to 0-1 at one stage in the first half – but recovered well to cut the deficit to a single point by half-time (0-8 to 0-7).

The home side showed great composure in the second half-hour to pull clear and win by four.

Listen to the postmatch verdict of Sligo manager Michael Duffy, who spoke to Liam Maloney of the Sligo Weekender after the game:

The 2019 Connacht minor football championship is being played on a round-robin basis. Each county plays four matches – with the top team qualifying for the Connacht final. The second and third-placed sides will contest a provincial semi-final.

Sligo have won one and lost one to date. They play Leitrim in two weeks time (June 14th).

There was no joy for Leitrim minors in Friday evening’s other game at Dr Hyde Park. Joe Honeyman’s side were overpowered by Roscommon on a final scoreline of 5-15 to 0-8.