Sligo ladies claim first point in NFL with home win

Paddy Henry and the Sligo Ladies came in this game with high hope of picking up their first points of this year’s Lidl NFL after losing out to Tyrone by four points in round one.

Westmeath were coming to Cloonacool on the back of a great win over Cavan last Sunday

and it was the Westmeath that opened the scoring when Fiona Claffey pointed from a free just inside 20-meter line. Sligo hit back with points from Karen Maloney and Laura Ann Laffey to give Sligo the lead.


A goal and a point from Westmeath’s Laura Walsh which was added to with a pointed free from Lucy McCartan gave Westmeath a four-point lead with 20 mins played, but Sligo hit back first Karen Maloney found herself with only the keeper to beat and did so calmly placing the ball low to the back of the net, that was then added to by Stephanie O’Reilly and Laffey both pointing within a minute of each other to leave Sligo with a two-point lead at half-time.


Laura Ann Laffey kicked Sligo three point up in the second half but Westmeath hit back kicking 4 points in a row to lead by one with ten minutes to play Sligo were still in this game and goals from substitutes Sarah Mc Morland and Maryanne O’Kennedy sealed the 3 points for Paddy Henry’s side. Mc Moreland’s first touch was to react to a rebound and finish to the back of Karen Walsh’s goal. Just for good measure she added Sligo’s final score in injury time to seal the win. In between her scores was O’Kennedy’s goal to settle Sligo nerves. 


This result is one that will leave Paddy Henry and company very happy going into the League break and will set them up nicely for the visit of Waterford in 2 weeks’ time to Cloonacool. At this stage the Sligo manager could very well be regarding Cloonacool Community Park as a Fortress for Sligo given the results over the years at the South Sligo venue. 


By Keith Gilroy

Full Time Sligo 3-06 Westmeath 1-08

HT Sligo 1-05 Westmeath 1-03

Referee Kevin Corcoran {Mayo}


Sligo Ladies Notes

Divisional Forum
This forum will give a voice to people in a localised setting on all matters regarding development of ladies’ football in Sligo going forward.  If you think your opinion should matter, please come along on the night.

First will take place on Monday, 20th February at 8 pm – venue Connolly Park, Collooney.
Second one will take place on Wednesday, 15th February in Beltra Hall at 8 pm.


Sligo Ladies are holding a Fundamentals Course in St. Pat’s Community Centre on 18th Feb remember this is your chance to be included. Please text 086 2400844 or email to book your place.

Sligo LGFA County Board Meeting will take place on Monday 13th @8pm in The Embassy Rooms Sligo.


Sligo LGFA have Started a 300 club draw prizes worth €10.000 to be won over the year. Tickets are €100 and can be got from any Sligo LGFA Clubs.

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