Sligo’s bid to win promotion from Division 4 of the Allianz Football League took a decisive hit on Saturday when they were narrowly beaten by Carlow at Dr Cullen Park on a final scoreline of 2-17 to 2-15.
In an entertaining and high-scoring game, Sligo led by 1-7 to 0-9 points at half-time with Mikey Gordon getting the first-half goal for Paul Taylor’s side.
But Carlow also looked dangerous in attack and in Paul Broderick they had a deadly accurate free-taker and finisher, as he racked up 10 points over the 70-plus minutes.
The home side got the decisive scores deep into injury time to seal the win.
(League table courtesy of @GAALeagueTables)
The loss means that Sligo’s hopes of promotion have effectively ended. Wicklow’s big win over Antrim means they have a far superior scoring difference (+36) so, even if Sligo were to beat Limerick next week and finish as one of three times on eight points, the Yeats county’s inferior scoring difference would cost them promotion in that scenario.
Mathematically, any two of six teams in the Division can still be promoted going into the last round of matches.