Sligo date confirmed for Rossies

Roscommon supporters now know they will be travelling to Markievicz Park on Saturday week after Sligo overcame a dogged New York in the Connacht SFC last weekend.

  Sligo overcame the stiff challenge of New York at Gaelic Park. Sean Carabine (1-3) and Niall Murphy (0-5) were the Yeats County heroes as they emerged victorious by 1-16 to 0-15.

  They were joined in the Connacht SFC semi-finals by Leitrim, following the latter’s 3-13 to 2-12 win over London at Ruislip. A goal from Ryan O’Rourke in injury-time ensured that Leitrim will face either Galway or Mayo in two weeks’ time.

This Sunday will see the biggest game of the 2022 football championship so far when Mayo meet Galway at Elvery’s MacHale Park in Castlebar. There is huge interest in the game and a crowd of over 25,000 people is expected to attend.

  Mayo will start slight favourites although they have injury concerns over many players including Paddy Durcan, Oisin Mullen, Diarmuid O’Connor, Cillian O’Connor and Eoghan McLoughlin and they will have to recover their best form after a heavy defeat at the hands of Kerry in the recent National Football League final.

  It is expected that Shane Walsh will be fit to start for Galway who went down by a point to Roscommon in the recent Division Two final. There won’t be much between the sides but it would be a surprise if Mayo were defeated on their home turf.

  In the other big game in the football championship on Sunday, Donegal host Armagh in Ballyfofey in the Ulster quarter-final at 2 pm.