Connacht Championship 2017: Can New York cause Sligo enough of problems?

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New York v Sligo, 9pm, Sunday

The quest for glory in the Connacht Senior Football Championship begins in the big apple on Sunday night when New York host Sligo in the Bronx. New York are an unknown quantity coming into the game as they don’t participate in the Allianz League, but they will be able to call on the services of several inter-county players that have moved to New York for various reasons. Sligo on the other hand operated out of Division 3 of the football league, they finished fourth in the Division and victories over Laois, Tipperary, Louth and a draw with Armagh.

For New York former Dublin hurler Danny Sutcliffe is named in the panel, while former Mayo defender Tom Cunniffe is also named in the panel. In addition to this Wicklow man Conor McGraynor is in the panel, while former Donegal forward Ross Wherity is also included. The Yeats County will be minus some of their best players for the game due to injury and college commitments, Niall Murphy who injured his hamstring is a notable absentee, while Kevin McDonnell, Gerard O’Kelly-Lynch and Luke Nicholson have college exams and will play no part.

However, they will look to Pat Hughes, Neill Ewing and Adrian Marren for leadership.

The odds for this game see New York at 11/4, with Sligo at 4/11. If there is going to be a shock I can see New York pulling it out of the bag on Sunday. However, I still feel Sligo will have too much for them.

Verdict: Sligo by 4

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