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Back in the day: July 6 1998: Sligo keen on Mickey Moran return

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Sligo county board is hopeful that Micky Moran, who resigned as manager of the county senior football team following their defeat by Roscommon in Sunday’s Connacht Championship semi-final replay, may reverse his decision.

The players and county board officials had talks with Moran on Sunday evening to try to persuade him to stay on as manager.

The Derryman, who is still manager of the Sligo junior footballers who play either Offaly or Kildare in the All-Ireland semi-final next month, is not expected to announce his decision regarding his involvement with the senior team for at least a week.

Moran, who is highly popular in Sligo GAA circles, clocked up 40,000 miles travelling to training in Sligo during the past year.

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‘I don’t like Mondays’ was the song being played at IABA HQ on Dublin’s South Circular Road yesterday morning as a series of late withdrawals forced hurried changes to the scheduled programme for this Friday night’s international clash with France at the National Stadium in Dublin.

Belfast duo Jim Rooney (Star) and Steven Kirk (Monkstown) are still on the bill but Francis Barrett follows Belfast’s Pat O’Donnell on the injured list – a sore hand after the Liverpool multi-nations event is suspected to be a broken knuckle.

O'Donnell (22), the current Irish 57 kilos champ, was ruled out with a shoulder injury picked up in sparring last weekend. It’s unlikely Ireland will contest the weight category with substitute Michael Hobbs also sidelined with flu. O’Donnell, 22, was also earmarked for a second

Dungiven light welter Paul McCloskey has been drafted in as replacement for the injured Mark Wickham (Enniscorthy) while light heavy Alo Kelly (Brosna) is also off.

France has declared no opponent for Irish super heavy Stephen Reynolds.

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BELFAST’S Fiona McKenna took the ladies’ Pro-circuit by storm last weekend, becoming the first unseeded player in 15 years to reach the semi-finals of the US National’s Pro-singles in Santa Ana, California. Still in her first year in the senior ranks, the Waterford Crystal Irish National’s champion underlined the progress she has made with an easy win in her first round match against US-ranked number 14 Jennifer Schmitt of Tucson, Arizona.

She then went on to produce the game of her life in the quarter-finals to overcome the number four seed Allison Roberts. The sister of former Men’s world number two Vern Roberts had been in good form, winning her first round match 21-3, 21-3 against the local favourite Mandy Rounseville.

But McKenna powered to a first game 21-17 lead and although Roberts managed to level with a 21-20 scoreline in the second game, the Irish player took the tie-breaker 11-5 to win in a little under two hours.

The semi-final was a match-up with the current World, US National’s champ and No 1 player Lisa Fraser from Canada, and although McKenna went out in two games she proved for much of the first game that she has what it takes to survive at the highest level.

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