New York swamped by Sligo

Any hopes New York had of registering their first ever Connacht Championship victory were ruthlessly shattered by a clinical Sligo in Gaelic Park last Sunday, the Yeats men cruising to a 24 point victory in front of 3,000 fans.

Any hopes New York had of registering their first ever Connacht Championship victory were ruthlessly shattered by a clinical Sligo in Gaelic Park last Sunday, the Yeats men cruising to a 24 point victory in front of 3,000 fans.

Any hopes New York had of registering their first ever Connacht Championship victory were ruthlessly shattered by a clinical Sligo in Gaelic Park last Sunday, the Yeats men cruising to a 24 point victory in front of 3,000 fans.

Sligo 3-21 New York 0-6 With Leitrim due to travel to the Big Apple next year, questions will be raised once more over New York’s involvement in the Championship on the evidence of Sunday’s game as Stephen Coen & Adrian Marren accounted for 2-10 between them to set up a semi-final meeting with either Galway or Roscommon.

There was, however, some Leitrim involvement on the day as Dromahair’s Sean Kelly made his Championship debut for New York and scored a point as he raided from defence.

Sligo manager Kevin Walsh was nevertheless happy to have the trip safely negotiated – “From our point of view this was a business trip. Two years ago, Galway came here and got a fierce fright and last year Mayo went over to London - the same thing.

“We looked at this as another step to the next round. Whoever lost today was out of the Connacht championship and that’s the way it was. We treated this game as a step up to the next one and that’s the way it was treated right throughout the weekend, and fair play to our fellas for a professional job.”

With Dromahair’s Sean Kelly in the ranks of the Exiles as well as four home-grown players, New York were simply no match for the visitors with the first goal arriving after just 12 minutes, Marren finding the net after a handling error from the keeper.

CJ Molloy, son of manager Connie, opened New York’s account in the 20th minute but they were only able to add two further points before halftime as Sligo led 1-10 to 0-3 at the break. Eoghan Carew’s free reduced the margin to nine points on the restart, but it was one-way traffic after that as the Yeats men took complete control.

With the points flying over, Sligo captain Ross Donovan even got on the score-sheet before new boy Pat Hughes grabbed a second goal seven minutes from the end. And New York’s misery was complete when Coen capped a magnificent display with the visitors’ third goal just before full-time.