Updated: 12/03/18 : 05:26:00
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Sligo GAA tribute to lifelong local stalwart

SLIGO GAA fans paid tribute to lifelong local stalwart Paddy Hession yesterday, Sunday.

A minutes silence was observed prior to the Sligo and Longford Division Three football tie at Markievicz Park.

Hurling, Football

Hession, a former manager with Blackrock in O’Connell Street, was a long-time member of the ‘behind the scenes’ organizing team on match days in ‘the Park.’

In his earlier years he also played hurling and football with the local Craobh Rua club.

Yesterday’s football game ended in a draw, 0-18 to 2-12.

Sligo led 0-9 to 0-5 at half time and increased the advantage to six points shortly after the restart.

Gutsy Show

Longford can thank the linesman for their draw; one disputed point was originally ruled wide by the umpire.

However, the point stood after Mayo referee Liam Devenney consulted his linesman.

A gutsy team performance from Sligo was capped by several fine individual displays.

Coolera’s Niall Murphy shaded it from Tourlestrane’s Adrian McIntyre as tops on the day.

Longford’s top performer throughout was half back Mickey Quinn.

The point earned yesterday may be vital in saving Sligo’s season and avoiding relegation.

That continuing fight to avoid relegation will now see Sligo facing two teams  below them in the table, Derry and Offaly.