Date Time Competition Season
21 May 2023 2:30 pm Sam Maguire Cup 2023

Match Report

Quinn Salvages Draw For Sligo Over Lilywhites

An 82nd minute point from David Quinn, saw the opening game of Group 3 end in a stalemate out west, as Kildare had to settle for a point in a physical battle between the sides

This opening game in group 3 of the Sam Maguire Cup in Markievicz Park was a real gung-ho event with both sides trading blows throughout the match. An injury time point by David Quinn gave Sligo a share of the spoils.

Two divisions may separate the teams in the National League, but the gulf was not apparent on the field today.

Paddy Woodgate opened the scoring for Kildare in the third minute before Sligo Captain Niall Murphy scored the first of his six points to level the tie in the seventh.

The lead was shared in the early part of the first half before Kildare took up the baton and went two points ahead heading towards half-time. Fintan Cawley popped the ball over the bar just before the break, making the game 0-6 to 0-7 in Kildare’s favour.

After the interval, Sligo came out all guns blazing and a quick-fire double by Sean Carrabine put the home side back into the lead, Darragh Cummins moments later put them two ahead.

Alex Beirne and Paddy Woodgate’s points made sure Kildare got a grip on the game before it slipped away. While Niall Murphy put Sligo ahead yet again in the 46th minute, the game then became a bit more cynical with yellow cards being issued to Paul Cribbin, Darragh Kirwan, and Jack Sargent.

More cards were doled out with Sean Carrabine and Darragh Kirwan receiving second yellow cards later in the match and Kevin O’Callaghan being shown a black card.

Heading into the last few minutes of the game Niall Murphy picked up his side and carried them towards a memorable draw with two points either side of the 70-minute mark.

In injury time as the game looked to be heading towards a Kildare win, substitute David Quinn rescued the game and levelled in the 82nd minute.


1Aidan Devaney Goalkeeper
2Evan Lyons Defender
3Eddie McGuinness Defender
4Nathan Mullen Defender 30'
5Paul McNamara Defender
6Brian Cox Defender
7Luke Towey Defender
8Cian Lally 19 Midfielder
9Paul Kilcoyne Midfielder
10Finnian Cawley 26 Forward 23', 34'
11Sean Carrabine Forward 15', 36', 37', 58'
59', 66'
18Darragh Cummins 12 Midfielder 39'
17Alan Reilly 25 Forward
14Patrick O’Connor Forward
15Niall Murphy Forward 7', 11', 20', 46', 68', 74'
16Daniel Lyons Goalkeeper
12Keelan Cawley 18 Forward
13Pat Spillane Forward
19David Quinn 8 Forward 82'
20Gerard O’Kelly-Lynch
21Jack Lavin
22Joe Keaney
23Kenny Gavigan
24Luke Nicholson Defender
25Mark Walsh 17 Defender
26Mikey Gordon 10 Defender


1Mark Donnellan Goalkeeper
2Mick O’Grady Defender
3Shea Ryan Defender
4Eoin Doyle Defender
5David Hyland Defender
6Kevin Flynn Defender 12', 31'
7Jack Sargent Defender 52'
8Kevin O’Callaghan Midfielder 73'
9Aaron Masterson Midfielder 63'
10Paddy McDermott 22 Forward
20Kevin Feely 26 8'
12Alex Beirne Forward 22', 43'
13Paul Cribbin 17 Forward 49'
14Darragh Kirwan Forward 32', 54', 65'
51', 77'
15Paddy Woodgate Forward 27', 3', 46', 56'
16Aaron O’Neill Goalkeeper
17Darragh Malone 13 Defender
18Ryan Houlihan
19Brendan Gibbons
11Matthew Kelly
21Barry Coffey Forward
22Tony Archbold 10 Defender
23Neil Flynn
24Daniel Flynn Forward
25Mike Joyce Defender
26Jack Robinson 20 Forward 67'
  • 82'

    David Quinn ties the game at the very at

  • 76'

    Darragh Kirwan receives a second yellow

  • 73'

    Mark Walsh comes on for Alan Reilly

  • 74'

    Captain Niall Murphy fires over the bar to put Sligo just one point behind

  • 73'

    Kevin O\\\'Callaghan gets a black card

  • 70'

    Ryan Houlihan comes on for Jack Sargent

  • 68'

    Niall Murphy makes it a two point game

  • 67'

    Jack Robinson scores for Kildare

  • 66'

    Sean Carrabine gets his second yellow

  • 65'

    Cian Lally is replaced by David Quinn

  • 65'

    Keelan Cawley replaces Darragh Cummins

  • 65'

    Darragh Kirwan puts Kildare two points ahead

  • 63'

    Aaron Masterson puts Kildare ahead

  • 61'

    Mikey Gordon comes on for Finnian Cawley

  • 59'

    Sean Carrabine is given a yellow card

  • 58'

    Tony Archbold replaces Paddy McDermott

  • 58'

    Sean Carrabine ties the game

  • 54'

    Young Pat Spillane comes on for Patrick O'Connor

  • 56'

    A Paddy Woodgate point gives Kildare the lead

  • 54'

    Darragh Kirwan levels for Kildare

  • 53'

    Darragh Malone replaces Paul Cribbin

  • 52'

    Jack Sargent picks up a yellow

  • 51'

    Yellow card to Darragh Kirwan

  • 49'

    Yellow card to Paul Cribbin

  • 46'

    Niall Murphy puts Sligo back in front

  • 46'

    Paddy Woodgate gets Kildare back on equal terms

  • 45'

    Kevin Feely comes off for Jack Robinson

  • 43'

    Kildare's Alex Beirne makes the game 0-9 to 0-8

  • 39'

    Darragh Cummins puts Sligo two points ahead

  • 37'

    A quick fire double by Sean Carrabine puts Sligo ahead

  • 36'

    Sean Carrabine levels the game

  • 36'

    Second half begins

  • 35'

    Thats the half time whistle. Sligo 0-6 - Kildare 0-7

  • 34'

    Finnian Cawley pulls one back for Sligo

  • 32'

    Darragh Kirwan puts Kildare two ahead

  • 31'

    Kevin Flynn puts Kildare ahead

  • 30'

    Mullan picks up a booking

  • 27'

    Paddy Woodgate points for Kildare

  • 23'

    A Finnian Cawley point makes the game 0-5 to 0-4

  • 22'

    Alex Beirne gets Kildare back on equal terms

  • 20'

    Niall Murphy puts Sligo back in the lead

  • 15'

    Sean Carrabine pops one over the bar and ties the game

  • 12'

    Kevin Flynn points for Kildare

  • 11'

    Niall Murphy scores his second point of the game

  • 8'

    Kevin Feely puts Kildare in front

  • 7'

    Niall Murphy levels for Sligo

  • 3'

    Paddy Woodgate opens the scoring for Kildare


Markievicz Park
Markievicz Park, Markievicz Road, Cranmore, Sligo, Sligo Municipal Borough District, County Sligo, Connacht, F91 WV44, Ireland

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