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.