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'It's an amazing place' - Leitrim boss Moran impressed by Air Dome after historic indoor occasion

Last night saw Sligo claim a Connacht FBD League victory at the €3.1 million facility in Bekan.

Leitrim’s Paul Keaney and Adrian Cummins of Sligo during last night's game.
Leitrim’s Paul Keaney and Adrian Cummins of Sligo during last night's game.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

“IT IS CLASS to be honest with you — look at this place,” new Leitrim manager Andy Moran said about the splendid NUI Galway Connacht GAA Air Dome in Bekan.

The €3.1 million facility provided an interesting backdrop for the first senior inter-county match of the year on Monday evening, when Sligo defeated Leitrim 1-21 to 1-17 in the Connacht FBD League.

An enjoyable encounter unfolded with Moran delighted that his new team produced a gritty display. “It’s amazing isn’t it?” he added, about the venue. “The game was really good and had a really high intensity.

“It was a bit more open than I would have liked being honest, but it was a really good workout.”

andy-moran Leitrim manager Andy Moran watching on. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Despite suffering a defeat, Moran gleaned plenty of positives from the high-scoring tussle.

“We are usually talking about 0-9 to 0-8 in a pre-season game in the wind and storms, and then you see a 1-21 to 1-17,” Moran remarked.

I’m disappointed with the loss, but some of the play was really good. Being indoors was a huge factor, and if I was a corner forward on that surface you’d be relishing it.

“It’s so fast, and when you turn it’s very hard for a corner back to recover. The ball just moves so quickly on it, it’s an amazing place.”

the-leitrim-team-arrive-for-the-game Players making their way into the NUI Galway Connacht GAA Air Dome. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Sligo manager Tony McEntee shared similar sentiments about the indoor factor.

“It does seem to play quick compared to what would be a sodden field outside in bad conditions,” the former Crossmaglen boss commented.

“It certainly does play quick. It probably suits us actually, that good surface with good flowing football.”

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Roscommon are next on the agenda for Sligo in the Connacht FBD League on Saturday.

“It is a damn sight better than going out looking to play challenge matches, we have a chance now to play Roscommon next Saturday,” McEntee admitted. 

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