Sligo beat Banner to progress

Sligo 1-13 Clare 0-11

Sligo 1-13 Clare 0-11

Dominic Corrigan's Sligo warriors have battled their way through to the last 12 in the race for the All-Ireland title.

After a disastrous Connacht Championship, the Yeats men have regrouped to get a run going in the Qualifiers, and their latest success at Castlebar has given the county a massive lift.

A rousing second half performance, capped by a spectacular Mark Breheny goal, took Corrigan and his men another step closer to Croke Park, and this was a game they richly deserved to win.

When midfielder Sean Davey was at his best during a sporadic first half showing, Sligo looked positive and creative.

He was at the centre of moves which ended with points from Patrick Naughton and John McPartland, easing the Yeats men ahead, after Peter O'Dwyer and Rory Donnelly, from a free, had given the Banner an early advantage.

Defenders Brendan Philips and Jonathan Davey pressed forward to carve the opening for McPartland's second score, and when Mark Breheny steered over two frees, Sligo led by double scores, 0-6 to 0-3, midway through the half.

But somehow they lost their way, and failed to score during the second quarter, as Clare stepped up the tempo and took the game to the Connacht men.

They reeled off five points on the spin, from substitute Michael O'Dwyer, midfielder Peter O'Dwyer, and three frees from Enda Coughlan, Odran O'Dwyer and Donnelly, to lead by 0-8 to 0-6 at the break.

Dominic Corrigan's pep talk clearly did the trick for a Sligo side which made a thunderous start to the second half, going back in front by the seventh minute with a Sean Davey free, after Breheny had added two more from placed balls.

Half back Jonathan Davey's dynamism was crucial to Sligo's resurgance, and when he popped up with a superb score, they led by two.

But they failed to press home the advantage when on top, and Clare midfielder Ger Quinlan dragged his side back into the game.

They didn't get their first score of the second half until the 17th minute, but Donnelly's fourth free left just a point between the sides.

Clare suffered a blow 15 minutes from the end when centre back Ronan Slattery was sent off after picking up a second booking.

And Sligo got the decisive goal in the 64th minute, a goal worthy of winning any game.

The build-up was wonderful, started off by substitute Brian Curran, before the Clare defence was opened up by Sean Davey and Dessie Sloyan, and finished quite sublimely by Breheny.

Sligo: P Greene, P Naughton (0-1), J Martyn, B Philips, P Doohan, B Egan, J Davey (0-1), S Davey (0-2, 1 free), N McGuire, J McPartland (0-3), M Breheny (1-6, 5 frees), D McGarty, D McTernan, D Sloyan, G McGowan.

Subs; K O'Neill for McGowan, T Taylor for McGarty, B Curran for McTernan, D Durkin for O'Neill

Clare: D O'Brien, P Gallagher, D Kelly, G Tubridy, A Clohessy, R Slattery, M O'Connell, G Quinlan, P O'Dwyer (0-2), M O'Shea, E Coughlan (0-1, free), D Russell, R Donnelly (0-6, 6 frees), S Hickey, O O'Dwyer (0-1, free).

Subs: M O'Dwyer (0-1) for Hickey, C Whelan for Tubridy, J Moody for O'Shea

Referee: M Deegan (Laois)

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