On Sunday next, Sligo travel to Tuam to play the home side in the first round of the Heineken Connacht Junior Cup. Following their consecutive impressive home victories over OLBC [league] and Coleraine [AIB All-Ireland Cup], confidence is high in the Sligo camp at present. Training has been going very well, and the spate of injuries which afflicted so many players before Christmas is at last showing signs of abatement.
Nevertheless, Sligo will need to tread warily at Garraun Park. Although the home side’s league record this season is not impressive, they will view the cup as their only chance of silverware, and they will certainly be more than hopeful of putting any visiting team to the sword in this competition. Sligo have an indifferent away record in recent times, so the team management will be determined to remedy this on Sunday, and will be endeavouring to ensure that they reproduce their Hamilton Park form on the road. They will have impressed on their charges also that this game could be a ‘cliff-hanger’.
If Sligo can reproduce the form produced in their two opening games of 2008 they will be fancied to prevail, but they must not allow allow the Tuam pack to take control at any stage. The winners of this tie have a home quarter final, most likely against league leaders, and Cup favourites, Monivea, and this will certainly be a huge incentive to both teams on Sunday. The biggest travelling support of the season is expected to make the journey to Tuam.