Rackard Cup: Sligo are Croker-bound

June 09, 2019

Calry St Joseph's and Sligo star Keith Raymond shakes hands with Louth captain Shane Callan.
©INPHO/Tom Beary.

Sligo 2-21

Warwickshire 2-17

Sligo will face Armagh in the Nicky Rackard Cup final at Croke Park on Saturday week, June 22 after a late goal from dual star Gerard O'Kelly-Lynch sealed victory over Warwickshire in today's semi-final at Celtic Park.

Keith Raymond's contribution of 0-9 and 0-4 from Tony O'Kelly-Lynch also proved decisive as the Yeats County came from four points down at half-time to win by the same margin.

Willie Allen top-scored with 0-8 for Warwickshire who led by 1-5 to 0-4 after 16 minutes thanks to Pauric Crehan's goal. Crehan raised another green flag when he first-timed to the net late in the half to send the Exiles into the interval with a 2-8 to 0-10 lead.

Sligo started the second half strongly and edged ahead in the 45th minute when Kevin Gilmartin goaled, 1-14 to 2-10. Allen levelled before Raymond edged the winners back in front from a '65.

Sligo were clinging onto a narrow lead before O'Kelly-Lynch netted in the final minute to finally put the result beyond doubt.

Sligo - M Burke; J Weir, N Feehily, K O'Kennedy; K Banks, L Reidy, R McHugh; R Cox (0-1), J Starr (0-1); G Cadden (0-1), C Griffin, G O'Kelly Lynch (1-2); T O'Kelly Lynch (0-4), K Raymond (0-9, 4f, 1'65), K Gilmartin (1-1). Subs: M Gordon for K O'Kennedy, S Crowley (0-2) for G Cadden, K Prior for K Gilmartin.

Warwickshire - P Crean; T Kelly, D Bruen, K Meaney; P Scally (0-2), J Collins, M O'Regan; C Heeney, M Holland; R Curley, W Allen (0-7f), N Kennedy (0-2); E McCabe (0-2), P Crehan (2-0), I Dwyer (0-3). Subs: K Boxwell (0-1) for M Holland, K Magee for P Crehan.

Referee - J Heffernan.

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