Sligo unchanged for semi-final replay

In selecting his starting line-up for today's Connacht SFC semi-final replay, Sligo manager Kevin Walsh has unsurprisingly kept faith with the team that dominated the first half of last weekend's drawn game.

In selecting his starting line-up for today's Connacht SFC semi-final replay, Sligo manager Kevin Walsh has unsurprisingly kept faith with the team that dominated the first half of last weekend's drawn game.

Helped by a blustery wind and a terrific goal from the in-form David Kelly, Sligo powered into a 1-10 to 0-2 half-time lead but Galway, turning around with the elements behind them, fought back to claim a late draw (1-10 apiece).

For the Yeats men, the disappointment they felt at full-time will be used to inspire them this evening as they welcome Joe Kernan's charges to Markievicz Park (throw-in 6pm).

Corner forward Kelly said in the aftermath of the first meeting: "We will be disappointed but we will lift our heads and take confidence from this, it is still '50-50' and, I suppose, at the halfway stage.

"Hopefully we will put things right at Markievicz Park. We played some brilliant football, especially in the first half, and I think Galway were lucky to get a draw in the end.

"We will get our heads right for the replay and be ready for Saturday."

There are a few positional switches in the selected Sligo side, with the evergreen Eamonn O'Hara moving to full-forward, Kenneth Sweeney listed at left half-forward and Mark Breheny will lead the attack from centre-forward.

Eugene Mullen and Stephen Coen, Walsh's only used substitutes in the drawn game, will have to be content with places on the bench once again.

Sligo are seeking their first Championship win over Galway at Markievicz Park since beating them easily (1-13 to 0-6) in the 1975 Connacht semi-final. Roscommon, who are already through to the July 18 final, await the winners

SLIGO (SFC v Galway): P Greene; C Harrison, N McGuire, R Donovan; K Cawley, B Philips, J Davey; T Taylor, S Gilmartin; A Costello, M Breheny, K Sweeney; C McGee, E O'Hara, D Kelly.

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