The 1st of Sligo Ladies 300 Club draw’s was held last night. Winners are
1st Prize – Tickets No. 111 – Willie Gormley.
2nd Prize Ticket No. 142 – McSharry Foley.
3rd Prize – Ticket No. 76 – Ryan Clancy.
5 no.prizes – Ticket No.259 – Anthony McCann…
Ticket No.115 – Frankie O’Dowd
Ticket No.240 – Drumcliffe/Rossespoint
Ticket No.151 – Owenmore Gaels
Ticket No.238 – Jacqui Mulligan
Congratulations to all. Next draw will be in June and Tickets are still on sale from all Sligo LGFA Clubs
The 1st of Sligo Ladies 300 Club draw’s was held last night. Winners are
ST. FARNAN’S LADIES
A number of club players donned the black and white jersey in the past week with both the county U-16 and Intermediate teams in action in their respective provincial championships.
Claire Dunne captained the U-16’s from centre half back in a much reshuffled lineout due to the absence of at least four regulars when they played Roscommon in what turned out to be a thriller. Claire was joined in the starting line-up as usual by Roisin McHugh, Rachel O’Brien, Eimear Kearins and Alanna Cunnane and the five of them gave their all in this epic clash. The Rossies seemed to be on their way to an easy win when they led by 3-7 to 1-2 at the interval but Sligo had other ideas and put in a powerful second half performance. Unfortunately they had left themselves too much to do and ended up losing by 3-10 to 2-6 in the end.
The Intermediate team opened this year’s championship campaign with a trip to Drumshanbo to take on arch rivals Leitrim on Sunday. There has been little or nothing between these two sides in recent years and this most recent instalment was no different with just a single goal separating them at the end of another gripping encounter. Sligo were the better side in the opening half and were in a commanding position at the break leading by 2-7 to 0-3, However the home side, assisted by the considerable breeze in the second period, gradually reduced the gap but the visitors held out to take the victory on a final scoreline of 2-14 to 3-8. Our own Jacqui Mulligan played the entire game whilst Leah Kelly was among the substitutes. Well done to all concerned.
On the club front the U-12’s enjoyed mixed fortunes during the week starting with defeat to Eoghan Rua but recovering well to beat Ballisodare a few days later. The side will contest the semi-final against St. Molaise Gaels in Grange on Thursday.
A reminder that Registration for Gaelic4Mothers and Others followed by the first training session will be held from 8-9 pm this Monday, May 15th, in the Community Park.
Congratulations to former club underage player Cassandra Kilgannon and her partner Oisin Kearney on the occasion of the birth of their twin boys in the past week.
CLGFC U-16 A & B Championship finals.
Friday 19th May in Connacht GAA Centre, Co. Mayo.
7.30pm A Final: Galway v Roscommon
8.00pm B Final: Mayo v Sligo.
CLGFC U-14 B Championship Final
Sunday 21st May at 11.00am in Ardcarne Pitch Cootehall, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.
Leitrim v Sligo.
TG4 Connacht Intermediate Championship
Leitrim v Sligo
Shane McGettigan Park Drumshanbo
Referee Garryowen McMahon (Mayo)
Sligo opened the defence of their TG Connacht Intermediate championship when they made the trip to take on Neighbours Leitrim in Drumshanbo on Sunday.
It was the home side the registered the first score of the game Aine Tighe pointing on her return from long-term injury after only 3 minutes after that Sligo was awarded a penalty when Stephanie O’Reilly was pulled down in the box Denise McGrath dispatched the spot kick to the top right hand corner to give Sligo a two point lead from the kick out Sligo work the ball back to Denise McGrath and again she finish to the bottom corner of the net, Sinead Naughton then pointed for Sligo to extend the lead to six points.
Leitrim where on the back foot but managed to get two more points from Aine Tighe before again Sligo took back control of the game with two points each from Ciara Gorman Denise McGrath and Emma Keavney and one from Stephanie O’Reilly to leave the score at halftime Sligo 2-07 Leitrim 0-03.
Aine Tighe she did in the first half opened the scoring for Leitrim when she pointed from 35 yards, Gorman and Emma Guckian exchange points for both sides, Sligo then hit three in a row through Ciara Gorman, Sarah Reynolds and Stephanie O’Reilly before Grainne O’Loughlin was controversially sinbined just give Leitrim the vantage and boy did they make you pay on YouTube Within a minute of December then had a goal and a point before Sligo conceded a penalty which is in currency dispatched to the bottom right-hand corner Noelle Gormley, Ailbhe Clancy again added a point to Minnesota before Michelle hessian notched two more points for Leitrim one from Play Leitrim was closing the gap and reduced it to just two points with loadout photos of a save from Noelle Gormley to finish to the back of the net for two minutes to play Sligo held out and Elaine O’Reilly pointed with the last kick of the game first Sligo to give them the 3 point win
Next up for both teams are Roscommon Leitrim will play them on the 28th of May Sligo will play them on the 17th of June all three counties fighting for their place in the Connacht final on the 2nd of July in McHale Park Castlebar
Speaking after the game Paddy Henry said Sligo still have a lot of work to do if if they want to win the Intermediate title and that Leitrim were unlucky not to get the win in the end.
SLIGO 5-16 ROSCOMMON 4-06
A great result for the Under 14 Sligo girls team against a strong Roscommon team.
The girls have played 3 games so far in the Connaught championship. We drew with Leitrim, lost to Mayo and we beat Roscommon today.
It was a great team performance from the girls and a very much improved display of scoring and team play.
It’s not very often that Sligo teams beat Roscommon at this level so the girls should be very proud of themselves and this win makes… sure that we contest a Connaught B final at best.
Next week on Saturday we play a very strong Galway team but these girls are well able for any team and with a bit of improvement I think we will give the Galway team a good fight. ((Courtesy of Manager Sean Cunningham
Sligo Ladies Football Announce Three Partnership Deals
On Monday evening last Sligo ladies players and club delegates gathered in the Clayton hotel in Sligo to hear chairman Keith Gilroy announce three new partnerships for Sligo ladies football, The Clayton hotel group The blind Tiger and CHH engineer’s Sligo.
Speaking at event Mr Gilroy complimented the work that went into bringing these partners on board for the 2017 season this is a big step forward for Sligo Ladies football after last year’s announcement of a three-year sponsorship deals with Connacht gold the first of it’s kind for ladies football in Sligo.
Mr Gilroy is hopeful that these partnerships will be beneficial to both parties. He also encouraged everybody associated with Sligo ladies football to support our partners in any way possible Connacht gold The Clayton hotel group The blind Tiger and C H H Engineering. He stressed the importance of these partnerships as ladies football does not received funding from any party all costs are covered by fundraising by our members.
He said at the minute or fundraising is going well with the launch of our 300 Club members are tickets on sale for all clubs and the first day of taking place at the end of March. He stressed that this was a big year for Sligo ladies as we are celebrating 25 years playing football he encouraged everybody to get behind our teams this year our intermediate team have had mixed Fortunes so far in the National League with two wins and 2 losses and have two very important home games coming up in the next few weeks. our u14 Drew in the first round of the Connacht championship and our minor had a 1 point win over Leitrim last week.
Away Days Blues for Sligo Ladies by Keith Gilroy
Half-time Laois 1-09 Sligo 0-04
Full-Time Laois 2-14 Sligo 0-11
Sligo Ladies made the long trip to Killhin four km from Carlow town to take on high flying Laois on Sunday. After putting back to back wins together over Westmeath and Waterford in recent weeks Paddy Henry and co were hopeful of getting their first point on the road in 2017, unfortunately that was not to be.
Strong winds and heavy rain played havoc in the first half as both teams found it hard to comes to terms with the condition. It was Laois that had the better of the chances in the opening ten minutes hitting the Sligo cross bar before seen Noelle Gormley get down low to save from Mo Nerney. Laois did get off the mark first with three points two from Simms before Ciara Gorman got Sligo’s first from a 14-yard free. Stephanie O’Reilly slotted over from play to leave the gap at a point. That was as close has Sligo would get as Laois extended their lead with points from Dunne, Simms and Conlon. A pointed free from Gorman and one from play from Karen Maloney kept Sligo in touch until Laois were awarded a penalty in the 23rd minute that was hit perfectly to the bottom corner to give Gormley no chance in the Sligo goals. Laois were showing their dominance and added three more points before the half time whistle.
Sligo started the brighter of the teams in the second half with Ciara Gorman hitting two points and Karen Maloney pointing for the visitors to cut the gap to five. Rachel Williams then pointed for Laois before things got worse for Sligo when Grainne O’Loughlin was sin binned, from the free the home side extended their lead to 8 points. Laois were then reduced to 14 players when full forward Meaghan Dunne was shown a yellow card for a tackle on the Sligo keeper. Two points from Noirin Kirwan and one from Clare Conlon added to the home sides lead, two points from Stephanie O’Reilly and a point from substitute Sarch McMoreland before Gorman added the last score of the day was not enough for the visitors, it could have been worse for Sligo only for Noelle Gormley who got down to deny Laois a 3rd goal right at the end.
Laois go back to the top of the table Sligo drop to fourth place. With a trip to take on last year’s intermediate champions Kildare on March 18th before they welcome Cavan and Clare Paddy Henry and team will know that a big improvement is needed to secure a semi-final spot.
Sligo Team 1 Noelle Gormley (Capt) St Nathys 2 Michelle McNamara Drumcliff/Rosses pt 3 Grainne O Loughlin St Michaels 4 Jacqui Mulligan St Farnans 5 Ruth Goodwin St Mary’s 6 Eilise Codd St Michaels 7 Etna Flanagan St Nathys 8 Bernice Byrne Geevagh 9 Sarah Reynolds Geevagh 10 Laura Ann Laffey Coolera/Strandhill 11 Ciara Gorman St Nathy’s 12 Lisa Casey Eastern Harps 13 Karen Maloney St Mary’s 14 Stephanie O Reilly Geevagh 15 Mary Ann O Kennedy St Nathys 16 Katrina Connolly St Nathy’s 17 Rachel Monaghan Drumcliff/Rosses pt 18 Sinead Naughton Eoghan Rua 19 Sinead Regan Drumcliff /Rosses pt 20 Leah Kelly St Farnans 22 Sarah McMoreland St Mary’s 23 Annmarie Coleman St Nathys 24 Denise McGrath Ballymote 25 Elaine O Reilly Geevagh 26 Amie Cawley Fox Eoghan Rua
Manager:Paddy Henry Selectors :Liam Murray :Liam Naughton :Aisling Ewing :Katrina Connolly :Margaret Davey Physio: Michael Duffy
The last Divisional Forum will take place for East Sligo on Wednesday, 22nd February at 8 pm in Connolly Park clubhouse, Collooney for interested parties from Owenmore Gaels, St. Michael’s, Shamrock Gaels, Coolera, Ballymote and Geevagh. Hoping to see a good turnout on the night….
Gorman’s second half goals preserve Paddy Henry’s proud Cloonacool record as Sligo LGFA manager.
Sligo 2-7 Waterford 0-11
Sligo Ladies made it 2 home wins out of 2 following this 2 point victory over Waterford on Sunday in -what could very well become known as a Fort Knox venue for Paddy Henry – Cloonacool Community Park. Trailing by 5 at half time, Sligo turned the game around in the second period to successfully defend their home record at the Cloonacool venue.
In a lively opening quarter, Sligo were guilty of missed opportunities. They had 2 points on the board but at least 2 goal chances had gone a begging with Waterford recording 4 points – 2 each from Ger Power and Lauren Mc Gregory- to lead by 2 after 15 minutes, Sligo’s 2 coming from Ciara Gorman with Power’s 11th minute score being the pick of them.
Roisin Tobin and Emma Murray added points before Sligo were thrown what appeared to be a lifeline, being awarded a penalty in the 20th minute as Stephanie O’Reilly was fouled in the box. Waterford goalkeeper Jessica Fitzgerald batted away Mary Ann O’Kennedy’s effort to preserve the visitors lead. Things then got worse for Sligo as Nicola Fennell and Anne Wall added points for Waterford to leave a 7 point gap between the sides with 7 minutes remaining to the short first half.
Worse was to follow at first for Sligo as Ann-Marie Coleman was sin binned but after this the tide began to turn for them as first Michelle McNamara blocked a point blank goal bound shot for a 45, then at the other end Stephanie O’Reilly and Karen Maloney sent over to leave them 5 in arrears at half time.
Lauren McGregor converted a free for Wateeford some 2 minutes into the second half. Strangely enough by the time their next store would arrive, they would be chasing the game as Sligo took over in the scoring stakes but possession was fairly evenly matched except the home side appeared to be the better finishers.
Ciara Gorman kick started the Sligo comeback with a 7th minute free. From the resulting kick out Karen Maloney provided a boomer from distance to cut the gap to 4. A Ciara German goal in the 9th minute had the gap down to one. Some five minutes later Sligo would hit the front when a super cross field pass from Karen Maloney picked out Ciara Gorman. Gorman’s point effort dipped at the 11th hour, deceiving the visitors keeper with the umpire going for the Green flag instead of the white one.
Gorman tagged on a free in the 16th minute to push the gap out to three. With Sligo defending their lead all Waterford could produce in the final quarter hour of the game was a point and 2 wides as Sligo, Paddy Henry and Fort Knox held firm to ensure a second league win of this campaign and edge Sligo closer to a semi-final place.
Next up for Sligo is a trip to Laois on Sunday next but for now Paddy and the crew can savour this latest win.