Sligo 3-21 / Westmeath 2-6.

Sligo booked their place into the Junior B final on Sunday after an impressive 3-21 to 2-6 victory over Westmeath.

Sligo were on the hunt early, and after a wide or two in the opening moments, they got their accuracy on point and held a 0-3 to 0-1 lead by the 10th minute, Ryan McDonell, Rob Graynor, and Jamie Bannigan all pointing for Sligo.

James Stones had the lone point for Westmeath, a free in the 10th minute. Sligo would then pull away grabbing 1-5 over the next 13 minutes, Niall Judge (1-1), Ciaran Brennen, Paul McDaid, McDonell, and Graynor scoring to make it 1-8 to 0-1 by the 25th minute.

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Stones and Ryan Hughes were the only real bright spots for the outmatched Westmeath side in the first half. Stone had a super score off his left peg from 35 yards out in the 26th minute just before Hughes grabbed a goal back to make the score look a little more competitive heading into halftime.

At the restart, Sligo held a 1-10 to 1-2 advantage and quickly added to their scoreline with McDonnell, Judge and Aidan Connelly pointing. Stones again with a brilliant point in the 34th minute made it a 10 point difference between the sides with a cheeky slice off his left boot that just kissed the upright before heading over the bar.

Hughes made it a little more interesting for the spectators when he hit his second goal of the afternoon to make it 1-15 to 2-3 in the 39th minute, but scores from Connelly, McDaid, Jamie Flanagan and a goal from Niall Judge made it 2-5 to 2-19 with under 10 to play.

Sligo finished off their semifinal tilt with anther goal from McCabe to make it Sligo 3-21, Westmeath 2-6. Sligo will now wait for the winner of this Saturday’s 7 p.m. semifinal match between St. Barnabas and Celtics. 

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