Martyn, McPartland miss out for Sligo

The Sligo footballers will take to Markievicz Park tomorrow evening (Saturday, throw-in 7pm) without John Martyn and John McPartland.

The Sligo footballers will take to Markievicz Park tomorrow evening (Saturday, throw-in 7pm) without John Martyn and John McPartland.

Key defender Martyn injured himself in training earlier this week and loses his centre half-back place to Brendan Egan for the All-Ireland SFC qualifier second round visit of Kildare.

McPartland will be replaced up front by Ken Sweeney, who came on for him after 43 minutes of the Yeats men's first round defeat of Longford and duly impressed.

Brian Curran also returns to the Sligo attack, filling in for Egan, who claimed a wing forward role against the midlanders.

While looking for another sterling effort from centrefield duo Eamonn O'Hara and Sean Davey, who clipped 0-4 each in the 0-18 to 0-16 win over Longford, Sligo boss Dom Corrigan knows his team will need little motivation against the Lilywhites.

Former Fermanagh supremo Corrigan said: "Kildare beat us handy enough in the last round of the league (by ten points). They taught us a bit of a lesson, although we were relegated going into the game.

"When the players look back on what happened that day, they should have no problem getting motivated to face Kildare again.”

SLIGO (SFC v Kildare): P Greene; P Naughton, N McGuire, B Phillips; P Doohan, B Egan, J Davey; S Davey, E O'Hara; B Curran, M Breheny, D McGarty; D McTiernan, D Sloyan, K Sweeney.

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