Sligo footballers new era under manager Tony McEntee began positively on Sunday when they ran out 2-19 to 0-18 winners against 14-man Leitrim in a high-scoring and highly entertaining Division 4 North clash at Markievicz Park.
Second-half goals from Niall Murphy, back in the Sligo panel this year following a year out, and Cian Lally proved crucial against a gutsy Leitrim side, who had to play much of the game with 14 players following Aidan Flynn’s first-half dismissal, for a raised elbow on Sligo’s Conor Griffin.
Despite being a man down, Leitrim led 0-12 to 0-11 at half-time, but the extra man began to tell in the second 35 minutes and the two goals helped guide Sligo towards the two points.
Sligo manager Tony McEntee spoke to Ocean FM Sport’s John Lynch after the win:
Leitrim boss Terry Hyland felt the first-half sending off was the game’s key moment: