Sligo beat Leitrim in Connacht minor championship

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.

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Friday’s Connacht MFC results
Sligo 4-18 Leitrim 2-15
Galway 0-4 Mayo 1-15.

Next weekend
Roscommon v Sligo, 7pm
Leitrim v Galway, 7pm.