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Murphy leads Sligo's first-half charge in convincing win over Leitrim

Niall Murphy scored five first-half points to give the hosts plenty of breathing space at Markievicz Park.

The Sligo team gather in the picturesque Markievicz Park.
The Sligo team gather in the picturesque Markievicz Park.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

Sligo 2 – 15

Leitrim 0 – 10

KYLE CAWLEY’S 46th minute goal put this all-Connacht SFC qualifier result beyond all doubt, but from start to finish Sligo looked a cut above in front of 4,227 people at Markievicz Park.

Sligo produced the brighter start to lead by three points to a single Emlyn Mulligan free before Niall Murphy clicked into gear in the ninth minute, stringing together three points in seven minutes to help his team lead throughout the first half.

Mark Breheny and Adrian Marren kept the scoreboard ticking upwards both from play and frees as Leitrim were restricted to just four scores in the first half and they trailed by eight points, 0 – 4 to 0 – 12, at the interval.

Ronan Gallagher and Niall Murphy Niall Murphy of Sligo attempts to drive past Ronan Gallagher. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

James Hynes kick-started the second period with Sligo’s 13th point of the day. And although Mulligan’s boot kept pace with the hosts for the first 10 minutes of the second half, Sligo took their chance when Cawley pounced to raise a green flag.

Leitrim grabbed three of the next four scores, two from Nevin O’Donnell and Ronan Kennedy came close to  hitting the net, but an excellent save from Aidan Devaney ensured there would be no late comeback to deny Sligo.

Quite the opposite, despite only scoring three points in the second half, they ended up winning by 11 points as Darragh Cummins struck their second goal deep in injury time.


Sligo: Niall Murphy (0 – 5), Mark Breheny ( 0 – 4 (0 – 2f)), Adrian Marren (0 -3 (0 -1f, 0 -1 ’45′)), Kyle Cawley, Darragh Cummins (1 – 0 each) Brian Egan, James Hynes, Kevin McDonald (0 – 1 each).

Leitrim: Emlyn Mulligan (0 – 4, (0 – 4 f)), Nevin O’Donnell (0 – 2), Conor Gaffney, Donal Wrynn, Darren Sweeney and Ronan Kennedy (0 – 1 each)

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