Sligo lose Connacht minor championship opener

Two early first-half goals for Galway proved decisive scores in Friday’s Connacht minor football championship clash with Sligo at Markievicz Park as the Tribesman ran out emphatic 4-12 to 0-8 winners.

Sligo, Connacht champions in 2021, were playing their first match of this year’s round-robin provincial championship, but they were hit for two early goals by Galway.

Jack Lonergan’s deflected shot found the back of the Sligo net in the opening quarter – and then just moments later, Charlie Cox scored a three-pointer from a rebound after his initial effort was well saved by Sligo keeper Diarmuid Henry.

Sligo trailed by 2-3 to 0-5 but they rallied well in the third quarter with team captain Ronan Niland leading by exampled with a succession of fine points to narrow the gap to five at one stage.

However, Galway stepped on the gas after that – and they netted twice more to put the result beyond all doubt.

The victory makes it two wins out of two for Galway after their victory over Roscommon last weekend.

In the evening’s other game, Mayo beat Roscommon by 0-16 to 1-11 at Dr Hyde Park.

Sligo’s next game is the round-robin stage of the minor championship is against Mayo in Ballina next Friday.

Friday’s Connacht MFC results
Sligo 0-8 Galway 4-12
Roscommon 1-11 Mayo 0-16.