Date Time Competition Season
5 June 2022 3:00 pm Tailteann Cup 2022

Match Report

Tailteann Cup: Sligo beat Leitrim after extra-time battle

Aidan Devaney was the hero after he made two saves to send Sligo through to a Tailteann Cup Semi-Final after the Yeats County defeated Leitrim on penalties in a dramatic encounter at Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada.

Leitrim took the lead early on but were clawed back by a determined Sligo who took the lead before half-time. A late Leitrim comeback was required to send the game to extra-time but the sides couldn't be separated and the game went to penalties.

Devaney's saves on Ryan O'Rourke and Emlyn Mulligan saw Sligo progress to the next stage of the competition.

Sligo’s Nathan Rooney, Alan Reilly, Donal Conlon and Brian Egan put their efforts past Brendan Flynn to see the Magpies win 4-3.

The penalties came after an entertaining clash in Carrick-on-Shannon, with the first 70 minutes finishing Leitrim 2-13 to Sligo’s 1-16.

The Ridge County got off to a ferocious start, Keith Beirne’s 1-1 was complimented by Evan Sweeney’s point to see Leitrim lead by five points by minute seven.

Sligo meanwhile tallied missed chances and looked to be at a loss without injured scorer in-chief Niall Murphy.

Sean Carrabine’s point on 11 minutes opened the floodgates however and Sligo managed to put together seven more unanswered scores through Carrabine, Alan Reilly and Patrick O’Connor.

Leitrim struggled in attack as they were swamped by Sligo defenders and had not scored for nearly 27 minutes when Keith Beirne got his second point on 33 minutes.

Carrabine and Reilly returned scores for Sligo while Riordan O’Rourke and Beirne notched two more for the Ridge County to see Sligo go into the break ahead by two points.

Reilly added another for the Yeats County after half-time but it was Leitrim who stole the momentum after that.

Substitute Jordan Reynolds used his pace to get a second goal for Andy Moran’s side while two Beirne points and another by Evan Sweeney saw the momentum shift as only Reilly could score for Sligo.

The balance was to change again though when yet another point came from O’Connor on 54 minutes to be followed up by a goal from sub Mark Walsh and points from Carrabine and Darragh Cummins to see Sligo charge into the lead.

Beirne returned one for Leitrim but when Peter Laffey got one back for Sligo it looked to be game over as the visitors were four points ahead with four minutes of normal time remaining.

There was to be another twist however, as Leitrim took the game by the scruff of the neck to score four consecutive points. scores from Dean McGovern, Ryan O’Rourke and Jordan Reynolds were crowned by a monster Keith Beirne point in the 73rd minute to draw the game.

Extra-Time was cagey and the first ten minutes saw each side score a single point as Patrick O’Connor’s score was cancelled out by Leitrim’s Mark Plunkett.

A Nathan Rooney free and Alan Reilly point saw Sligo score twice in the second-half but Emlyn Mulligan got one back which set up Keith Beirne to draw the game once again and send it to penalties.

Up stepped Aidan Devaney to save twice during the shootout to send Sligo through.


1Brendan Flynn Goalkeeper
2Paddy Maguire Defender 23'
3Mark Diffley 17 Defender
4Conor Reynolds 25 Defender 27'
19Jack Heslin 12 Defender
6David Bruen Defender
7James Rooney 5 Defender
8Pearce Dolan Midfielder
9Donal Wrynn Midfielder
10Cillian McGloin 22 Forward
11Keith Beirne Forward 3'
3', 33', 37', 49', 64', 73', 53', 86'
23Shane Moran 14 Midfielder
13Domhnaill Flynn 20 Forward
21Evan Sweeney 18 Forward 7', 44'
15Riordan O’Rourke 24 Forward 36'
16Nevin O’Donnell Goalkeeper
5Shane Quinn 7 Forward
12Mark Plunkett 19 Forward 77'
14Tom Prior 23 Forward
17Emlyn Mulligan 3 Forward 82'
18Darragh Rooney 21 Forward
20Dean McGovern 13 Forward 68'
22Jordan Reynolds 10 Forward 43'
24Conor Farrell 15 Defender
25Ryan O’Rourke 4 Forward 70'
26Aaron Hoare Forward


1Aidan Devaney Goalkeeper
2Nathan Mullen Defender
3Evan Lyons Defender
4Paul McNamara Defender
6Darragh Cummins Defender 60'
7Paul Kilcoyne Defender
8Peter Laffey Midfielder 66'
9Sean Carrabine 15 Midfielder 11', 24', 35', 59'
22Luke Towey 5 Forward
10Keelan Cawley Forward 60'
11Patrick O’Connor 18 Forward 16', 20', 29', 31', 54'
12Mikey Gordon Forward
13Alan Reilly Forward 13', 15', 37', 36', 48', 82'
14Pat Hughes 20 Forward
24Pat Spillane 19 Forward
16Eamonn Kilgannon Goalkeeper
5Mark Walsh 22 Defender 57'
15Nathan Rooney 9 Forward 82'
17Barry Gorman Forward
18Brian Egan 11 64'
19Conan Marren 24
20Donal Conlon 14 Forward
21Kenny Gavigan
23David Philips
25Oisin Kennedy Defender
26Gavin Gorman Midfielder
  • Mulligan denied by Devaney to send Sligo through!

  • Devaney saves again to send Sligo through

  • Egan slots his away for Sligo. 4-3 to the visitors

  • Quinn for Leitrim

  • Donal conlon scores for Sligo

  • Brendan Flynn gets a hand to Alan Reilly's penalty but it bounces across the line

  • Keith Beirne gets his effort narrowly past the Sligo keeper

  • Nathan Rooney puts his penalty away

  • Devaney pushes away Ryan O'Rourke's penalty!

  • Players readying themselves for penalties

  • 90'

    It goes to penalties in Carrick-on-Shannon

  • 1 minute added

  • 87'

    Nathan Rooney's free goes wide

  • 87'

    Tom Prior's goal effort slides to the Sligo keeper's hands

  • 86'

    Beirne off his right this time - equalises

  • 85'

    Beirne's effort drops short

  • 72'

    Alan Reilly point

  • 72'

    Emyln Mulligan returns a point, clipping the post, for Leitrim

  • 72'

    Nathan Rooney points a free from distance, Sligo take the lead!

  • 80'

    Game will go to penalties if it remains a draw after this half

  • 81'

    A point apiece for each side in the opening half of extra-time. 10 minutes remaining

  • 80'

    Pat Spillane re-enters the field for Sligo, and Domhnaill Flynn re-enters for Leitrim

  • 79'

    Alan Reilly misses and it remains a draw!

  • 79'

    Sligo win a free in a scoreable position

  • 77'

    Mark Plunkett's steady effort brings things even yet again

  • 76'

    Cagey game in extra-time so far

  • 2'

    Patrick O'Connor point for Sligo

  • 1'

    Shane Moran looks to have scored a goal right from the off but his palmed effort is disallowed for square-ball

  • 1'

    Extra-time underway

  • 75'

    Full-time at Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada. A late comeback by Leitrim has brought the game to extra-time!

  • 74'

    Alan Reilly goes wide at the other end

  • 73'

    Monster score from Keith Beirne to equalise!

  • 72'

    Jordan Reynolds point means only 1 point separates the sides

  • 70'

    5 minutes extra time. Leitrim add another point

  • 68'

    Dean Mcgovern blasts a point over for the Ridge County

  • 66'

    Peter Laffy returns a score for Sligo to go back to 4 ahead!

  • 64'

    Beirne gets one back for Leiitrim

  • 55'

    Darragh Cummins gets his first to extend Sligo's lead to 4 points

  • 59'

    Carrabin points for Sligo, brings gap to three points

  • 57'

    Sub Mark Walsh nets for Sligo! Brendan Flynn gets his fingertips to it but it can't be stopped from crossing the line

  • 54'

    Patrick O'Connor point from free

  • 54'

    Paddy Maguire clears off the line from Mikey Gordon's shot after Leitrim mistake at the back!

  • 53'

    Keith Beirne goes wide for Leitrim and Patrick O'Connor misses at the other end for Sligo

  • 52'

    Plenty physicality in the game as both teams know the stakes

  • 48'

    Keith Beirne on fire this half, gets his third point of the period to send Leitrim up two again!

  • 48'

    Reilly point brings deficit back to one

  • 46'

    Beirne wins a scorable mark and converts for Leitrim!

  • 44'

    Sean Carrabine misses at the other end and Evan Sweeney follows up with a point to send Leitrim ahead

  • 43'

    Jordan Reynolds goal brings it level!

  • Keith Beirne with a great point off his left to keep Leitrim in the game

  • 36'

    Alan Reilly adds another for Sligo

  • 35'

    Sean Carrabine gets Sligo off to a good start to the half

  • 35'

    Teams back out on the field, no half-time changes

  • 37'

    Alan Reilly strikes back for Sligo to bring his side two ahead on half-time

  • 36'

    Riordan O'Rourke gets his first for Leitrim!

  • 35'

    3 minutes additional time added

  • 33'

    Big score from Keith Beirne to point for Leitrim after 27 minutes

  • 31'

    Another O\'Connor free brings Sligo\'s lead to 3 points

  • 31'

    Leitrim have not scored since Evan Sweeney;s point in the seventh minute

  • 29'

    Patrick O;Connor adds another point for sligo at the other end

  • 29'

    Riordan O'rourke goes wide at a tight angle after Donal Wrynn causes chaos in the Sligo square

  • 27'

    Conor Reynolds booked also for Leitrim

  • 26'

    Leitrim getting forward but struggling to get anything as Sligo crowd them out. No score for over 20 minutes

  • 24'

    Sean Carrabine points the free for Sligo to take his side ahead for the first time

  • 23'

    Paddy Maguire with a high tackle on Slgio's Harkin. Booked

  • 21'

    Alan Reilly with another miss for Sligo

  • 20'

    That free brings the sides level

  • 17'

    Sligo free now, as they look to add five scores in a row

  • 16'

    Patrick O'Connor brings the deficit to one point after Sligo work it forward well

  • 15'

    Another Reilly point as Sligo are looking the better side now. Having a lot of joy down the left wing

  • 13'

    Alan Reilly adds a second point for Sligo

  • 12'

    Another wide from the Magpies, Patrick O'Connor with a fourth wide

  • 11'

    Sean Carrabine goes through on goal and puts over Sligo\'s first score

  • 9'

    Sean Carrabine adds Sligo's second wide of the game, still no score from the Yeat\'s county

  • 7'

    Evan Sweeney adds another point for Leitrim

  • GOAL for Leitrim as they follow up the point with a strike to the back of the Sligo net

  • Keith Beirne opens scoring with a point for Leitrim

  • 1'

    Early Sligo free goes amiss

  • 1'

    Game underway!

  • Throw-in fast approaching at an overcast Leitrim grounds

  • Luke Towey and Pat Spillane are late changes to the Sligo starting 15

  • Hello and welcome to Final Whistle\'s coverage of Lietrim v Sligo in the Tailteannn Cup Quarter-Final. My name is Jack Joy and I\'ll be taking you through the game with live updates. Throw-in at 3pm!

Past Meetings

(Round 7)
2-16 2-10
NFL Division 4
Markievicz Park

(Round 1)
2-19 0-18
NFL Division 4
Markievicz Park


Avantcard Pairc Sean Mc Diarmada
Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, L3408, Carrick on Shannon ED, Carrick-on-Shannon Municipal District, Connacht, N41 XE89, Ireland

Jack Joy is a journalism student at Dublin City University