Sligo minor gaelic footballers collected their first win of the 2022 Connacht minor football championship with a 4-18 to 2-15 victory at Markievicz Park on Friday evening.
The Sligo full forward line of Eli Rooney, James Foley and Shea O’Neill contributed 2-11 of Sligo’s total as they took charge of an entertaining and high-scoring contest in the closing quarter.
The final scoreline is a little harsh on Adrian Dockery’s side – as Leitrim got off to a super start, racing into a 1-3 to 0-0 lead, with Liam Chandler’s goal the opening score of the game.
Sligo led by two points at half-time (1-11 to 2-6) but second-half goals from Eli Rooney and two from Cian Carty helped David Caffrey’s side pull clear.
This result sets up a mouthwatering game at Dr Hyde Park next weekend when Roscommon play Sligo to see who will claim a provincial semi-final spot against Galway.
A draw will be enough for Sligo to progress, while Roscommon will have to win to make the semi-final.
Mayo are straight through to the Connacht minor final following their comprehensive victory over Galway in Tuam.
Mayo restricted their opponents to just a single point in the opening half.
Leitrim will complete their campaign next Friday with a home match against Galway but they are now effectively out of contention for the play-off places, unless both they and Roscommon win their respective games next Friday.
In that instance, who gets the third place finish would come down to scoring difference.
Friday’s Connacht MFC results
Sligo 4-18 Leitrim 2-15
Galway 0-4 Mayo 1-15.
Roscommon v Sligo, 7pm
Leitrim v Galway, 7pm.