FBD League: Leitrim, Sligo and Galway maintain winning runs

Sligo and Galway will fight it out for top spot in Section A while Leitrim lead the way in Section B.

Leitrim's Brian McDonald with Lee Keegan of Mayo.
Leitrim's Brian McDonald with Lee Keegan of Mayo.
Image: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Section A

Sligo will face Galway in a crunch clash next Sunday to determine who will emerge from this section.

Both teams triumphed yesterday afternoon in the second round of games.

Sligo were 0-14 to 1-9 victors over NUI Galway in Tourlestrane.

While in Tuam, Galway enjoyed a 0-16 to 1-5 success against IT Sligo.

Sligo were 0-10 to 0-4 to the good at half-time of their match with Kenneth Sweeney to the fore as he snapped over four points.

However NUI Galway drew level at 1-7 to 0-10 by the 43rd minute mark after Mayo’s Cathal Freeman had knocked the ball to the net. Indeed the students went ahead by 1-9 to 0-11 at one juncture before Sligo rallied with Niall Murphy firing three points to help secure success.

Galway were thankful to a brilliant attacking display from Danny Cummins as he fired 0-6 in their victory over IT Sligo. Galway lead by 0-5 to 0-3 at the interval but were rocked after the interval when Peadar Seoighe found the net for IT Sligo for the only goal of the game.

Yet with Cummins excelling, and Sean Armstrong and Michael Martin also on target up front, Galway ran out victors by an eight-point margin.

Leitrim’s Gerry Hickey and Sean McWeeney celebrate after the game. Pic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Section B

Leitrim achieved a famous 0-9 to 0-8 victory over Mayo in Ballinamore yesterday and now only need a point from next week’s clash with GMIT to clinch top spot from GMIT.

For the second successive week Leitrim displayed the grit to chisel out a narrow win after last week they defeated Roscommon by 0-6 to 0-5.

Leitrim exploded from the blocks in this game with captain Emlyn Mulligan leading the way as he notched a trio of points to help them lead by 0-5 to 0-0 after 16 minutes.

Yet Mayo recovered remarkably to draw level at 0-5 apiece by the interval with Lee Keegan and Barry Moran capping their comeback with points before the break.

The second-half was evenly-balanced yet Mulligan had the defining say when he swept over a late free to seal Leitrim’s narrow victory.

In the other game in this section, Roscommon were convincing victors over GMIT by 1-20 to 1-4 in Strokestown.

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