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.