Adrian Marren: 'Sligo need to be accurate in front of goal'
By Paul Shaughnessy
Former Sligo senior footballer Adrian Marren recently stepped away from the Sligo senior footballers set up just before championship in 2020. Marren fees Sligo face a massive task this Saturday against Mayo at 16:30 in the Connacht SFC Quarter-Final.
''Mayo are heavy favourites going into this game and rightly so. For Sligo I just hope that they don't hold back. A lot of players will be making their debut as we took no part in the championship last year due to covid. It's a huge game for our more experienced players the likes of Niall Murphy and Keelan Cawley who need to take the younger players under their wing and drag them through this game''.
''For Sligo they will not have came up against a team as physical as Mayo. There will be stages in this game where we will have to defend with huge numbers but I just hope we don't sit back and let Mayo do what they want. It's important that we try and catch Mayo on the break and get ball inside to the likes of Niall Murphy and Sean Carrabine when Sligo have the ball in attack they must be taking any chance they get in front of goal. Sligo can't afford to be wayward with their shooting.
''Something that the Sligo forwards won't be used of is chasing after Oisin Mullin, Lee Keegan and Paddy Durcan''. The home side this weekend ''can't afford to take their eyes off any of them players this weekend or Mayo could have goal within the blink of an eye''.
Tony McEntee's side come into this game with one win throughout their National league campaign over Leitrim. Sligo haven't won a game in the Connacht championship since 2017. The former yeats county forwards argues that ''the strenght of Toulestrane has been a factor where club teams haven't been able to get up to their level and player's haven't been playing at a high level and that's why players are struggling to come through''.
Marren has sympthaty for new Sligo boss Tony McEntee ''Tony wouldn't of had a lot time with the players and probalbly needed a good pre-season and you can still see he's only getting to know the players. Overall Mayo are four or five years down the line and their conditioning and development is a huge difference between the sides. In the end James Horan's side experience will tell.