Adrian Marren’s late free earns Sligo a draw with Longford
Longford finished with 14 players after Barry Gilleran’s late dismissal
Adrian Marren’s free in added time earned Sligo a draw against Longford at Markievicz Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho
Sligo 0-18 Longford 2-12
Substitute Adrian Marren’s pointed free in the fifth minute of added time earned Sligo a useful draw in a topsy-turvy encounter with Longford at Markievicz Park.
Both sides had chances to snatch a win after Marren’s equaliser, with Longford finishing with 14 players due to Barry Gilleran’s late dismissal.
Longford’s purposeful start against Sligo’s packed defence saw them establish a 0-5 to 0-1 lead by the 18th minute, a spell that included a brace of points from top scorer Robbie Smyth.
But Sligo, for whom Adrian McIntyre impressed, responded with eight unanswered scores to go four points up, 0-9 to 0-5, by the interval. It got even better for the home side after the restart and two more scores increased their lead to six.
SLIGO: A Devaney; R Donovan, L Nicholson, C Harrison; K Cawley, A McIntyre (0-1), G O’Kelly-Lynch; N Murphy (0-2), K McDonnell (0-1); N Ewing (0-1), P O’Connor (0-1), J Clarke; S Coen (0-5, all frees), P Hughes (0-2), L Gaughan (0-1)
Subs: C Breheny (0-1) for Clarke (28 mins), A Marren (0-3, all frees) for Gaughan (57), M Gordon for Harrison (61), S Carrabine for McDonnell (70), K Cawley for Coen (70+2).
LONGFORD: P Collum; P McCormack, D Masterson (0-1), B Gilleran; M Quinn (0-1), D McElligott, D Mimnagh; D Gallagher (1-0), A Farrell; B McKeon, D McGivney, D Reynolds (0-2); R Smyth (0-5, two frees), C Berry (0-1), R Brady (0-1).
Subs: P Gill (1-1) for Farrell (42 mins), R McEntire for Brady (61), P Fox for Masterson (65, b/c), M Nally for Reynolds (70+3)
Referee: Liam Devenney (Mayo).