Now for Sligo

Deirdre Ward gets the ball away under pressure.
After sending out a message against Connacht rivals Roscommon, Leitrim get the chance to do the same with Sligo in next Sunday’s Division 3 Semi-Finals.

After sending out a message against Connacht rivals Roscommon, Leitrim get the chance to do the same with Sligo in next Sunday’s Division 3 Semi-Finals.

After clinching third place in the Tesco Homegrown Division Three thanks to a 5-10 to 3-11 victory over Roscommon last Sunday in Newtownforbes and a semi-final meeting with Sligo, Leitrim are determined to avenge their regular league loss to the Yeatswomen.

Leitrim Ladies manager Pat Costello pointed out that Leitrim and Sligo were only separated on the toss of a coin as he pointed out “We’re in the semi-final now, we know Sligo are second through a toss, we had to come through the toss to get third so who is say we’re not second? Who is to say in a couple of weeks, we won’t be first.”

The advantage of that coiin toss to Sligo comes with the fact that the Yeatswomen were able to rest last weekend and would have had observers at the Roscommon game but Pat believes his team will have a pep in their step this week after their hard fought victory voer their Conancht rivals.

“We have one week to get ready for the semi-final that but today was tough, it was energy sapping and they have work to go to tomorrow morning,” said the Leitrim boss.

However, true to native, Pat found the positives in the situation as he pointed out that Leitrim have the morale boost of a good win over Roscommon - “We don’t have the time to recover for Sligo but Roscommon have to go in against Waterford with a loss now so the victory, we’re hoping, will give us another two or three days psychologically.”

See page 78/79 for a full report and more reaction from last Sunday’s Playoff victory over Roscommon in Newtownforbes.