Sligo manager Cathal Corey was delighted with his team's performance in their ten-point demolition of London in the Connacht championship opener in Ruislip this afternoon

Sligo ran up a commanding lead early on and, helped by Adrian Marren coolly converted penalty, led by ten points on the half-hour. 

The hosts roused themselves and put a spurt on either side of half-time to whittle the margin down to four points. 

But Sligo, aided by their subs bench, kicked on again and ultimately coasted to victory in the final quarter, winning by ten points in the end. 

Corey told Pauric Lodge on RTÉ Sunday Sport that Sligo were mindful beforehand of the logistical distractions involved in playing championship football in London and credited his players with carrying out the gameplan to a tee. 

"Ach, it was good. We had a great day. We had a gameplan coming here and we knew there was a lot of distraction with travel and in coming to London to play. But the fellas carried out the thing well. 

"It was a real good team performance from the goalkeeper to the very last sub that came on. We felt everyone played their part in the system and what we wanted them to do. And we're delighted." 

Sligo's subs bench played a key role in helping them ride out the storm in the second half. Stephen Coen and championship debutant Sean Carrabine - whose brother started at corner forward for London - both kicked two points apiece while another second half substitute Cian Breheny also got on the scoresheet. 

"At half-time, we were saying 'boys, this isn't over' and we tried to get them focused again. We were probably five minutes slow in starting at in the second half. We were delighted to see that first (Sligo) point in the second half, just to get a bit of momentum swinging back our way. 

"We know Stephen Coen, Sean Carrabine and Cian Breheny, them boys, we know what they can do. Maybe, they were a wee bit unlucky not to start. But we felt with the heat and the conditions that we had to manage our time. And we knew that them boys coming in with 20 minutes to go that the total pace that they have would cause London problems. They're good players and we felt that was the best role for them to adapt to today and it worked well for us."  

The winners of Mayo and Galway now await Sligo in the Connacht semi-final but Corey said his team's sole focus until now has been on London. 

"We'll sit down on Wednesday and start to prepare a gameplan. We didn't look past London. Their set-up here is professional. This is as good a ground as exists anywhere. So, we knew that if we took our eye off London at all that we'd be in trouble.  

"We'll start looking at this week and we'll go and look at the (Mayo-Galway) game on Sunday and see who we're playing."