Connacht Senior Championship Semi Final
Sligo hit by Injury time heartbreak as Galway advance
Sligo display at Markievicz Park today was described today as “highly commendable and full of passion”, by RTE punter Martin Carney, but ultimately a late goal deep into injury time by Sean Armstrong – by far one of Galway’s best players – put the final nail into the Sligo coffin.
It was an epic adventure for Sligo at Markievicz Park as they battled back in normal time to draw level 0-12 to 0-12 with just 45 seconds left on the clock.
Galway manager Liam Sammon candidly admitted after the match that with five minutes left in the game, he would have gladly settled for a draw.
Galway had also “missed too much and fumbled a lot of ball”, he said.
The standard was quite poor according to Pat Spillane and when asked were Galway All-Ireland material, he replied “definitely not”.
He later added that they won’t be playing in the All Ireland final, unless it is the hurling final.
Former Derry star Anthony Tohill said that Sligo threw it away.
Three minutes of injury time followed before Galway’s Joe Bergin popped over his first point of the day, “the kick is quality,” said Marty Morrisey and so another effort by Sligo to reach another Connacht final, fails at the penultimate stage.
There were many pluses for a team that has found themselves, in Division Four of the NFL this year, and Sligo manager Kevin Walsh has plenty to build on for next year.
“We knew we had the work done over the past six months and I am just proud of the effort that they put in today.”