Connacht League victory 'a huge lift' for Leitrim

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Paddy Maguire of Leitrim makes a catch despite the attentions of Sligo's Adrian Marren

Leitrim captain Emlyn Mulligan says their FBD Connacht League win will act as a great boost for the upcoming Allianz League season.

The St Brigid’s-bound forward led his county to a famous three-point win over Sligo in Markievicz Park yesterday and said that the win justified their approach to the competition.

“Some people mightn’t treat the FBD League as seriously as other competitions but for our lads it is huge,” he told RTÉ Sport.

“Over the years of not being successful, this is only our fourth ever trophy in 127 years, so it’s huge for the players and huge for the supporters. We are all delighted here this evening."

“The main thing for us is to build a bit of momentum going into the National League because we’ve a tough division in Division 4."

He added: “We’ve Limerick away next weekend. We set out our stall to take the FBD seriously, to reach the final and hopefully win it and the draw wasn’t in our favour, coming down here to play Sligo in Markievicz Park but we grinded out a result.

"It was a sticky pitch and the conditions weren’t the best but we’ve a nice squad coming together.”

Despite Leitrim languishing in the bottom tier of the league, Mulligan feels that the Connacht win can help the team push on.

He said: “We want to keep everyone here and be as successful as we can. [This win] gives the supporters a huge lift, a lot of them live and die for GAA and if we can be successful and keep our strongest panel here, we’ll be confident enough for the future.

“It’s an honour for myself, our fourth ever trophy, 19 years since the last one.”

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