Belfast Telegraph

Moran already big hit with Sligo

By John Campbell

SLIGO have yet to land a trophy under Mickey Moran.

The Derry man has been in charge since last August and on Sunday week he will oversee his adopted county when they take on Mayo in the Connacht final.

The Derry man has been in charge since last August and on Sunday week he will oversee his adopted county when they take on Mayo in the Connacht final.

But no matter what the outcome of this match is, Mickey is very much a winner in Sligo.

County secretary Tommy Kilcoyne today praised the Òenormous workÓ which the quiet-spoken former Oak Leaf boss has done for football in Sligo.

ÒHe has helped to give our county fresh status. I cannot speak highly enough of the work he has done. The players have tremendous respect for him and they are looking forward very much to the final,Ó says Kilcoyne.

It was after a traumatic spell with Derry that Mickey turned his attention to the west and Sligo were only too happy to have him fall into their welcoming embrace.

ÒHe has helped to bring on our young players and the whole squad now have more confidence and maturity. Mickey has raised morale to such an extent that defeat is not even being thought about even though we must admit that Mayo are firm favourites,Ó adds Tommy Kilcoyne.

MickeyÕs long hours of travel to Sligo could yet bring their own reward.

The basis for their championship push was laid during last seasonÕs National League campaign when Sligo lost only two matches to Fermanagh and Offaly.

Had they won even one of these games, they might well have achieved promotion to Division Three.

Now a major push will be made to achieve the step-up when the League gets under way in the autumn.

ÒWe are looking forward to the future with enthusiasm and optimsm _ and itÕs all thanks to Mickey Moran,Ó adds Tommy Kilcoyne.



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