Newman leaves UCC reeling
It was a case of third time lucky for NUI Maynooth yesterday as they sent holders UCC crashing out after a great tussle at Dangan.
Maynooth, managed by former Galway All-Ireland winner John Divilly, had been beaten at the semi-final stage for the past two seasons, but they led from the front yesterday.
Now they are poised to add to their only Sigerson Cup success in 1976, when they meet DCU today at Pearse Stadium (3.0).
They had to withstand a brave rally in the final quarter from the champions and UCC manager Billy Morgan was fuming at the end when an effort from Mark Reen was signalled wide with two points between the teams.
"It was a point and that could have changed everything. I'm disgusted by it," said Morgan.
Maynooth led by 0-6 to 1-2 at the break, Mark Collins with UCC's goal, and burst into a 2-8 to 1-3 ahead after 36 minutes after David Quinn and Mickey Newman goaled.
UCC rallied like good champions, Stephen O'Brien fisting home a goal as they fought back to within a point with six minutes remaining.
But Cahillane kicked a great point for Maynooth and Newman ensured the victory with a late score after Reen's effort was ruled out.
Scorers -- NUI Maynooth: M Newman 1-4 (3f), D Quinn 1-1, P Cahillane, S Hurley 0-2 each, S Denvir, T Moolick 0-1 each. UCC: S O'Brien, M Collins (1f) 1-1 each, B O'Driscoll 0-2 (1 '45'), P Geaney, M Reen, J Buckley, K O'Driscoll 0-1 each.
NUI Maynooth -- S Connolly; D Dalton; K O'Brien, K Lynch; T Moolick, J McDermott, S Denvir; C Berrigan, C Brophy; M Newman, S Hurley, C Mullins; P Cahillane, J Califf, D Quinn. Subs: P O Griofa for Califf (40), S O'Hanlon for Mullins (47), S Fahey for Quinn (57).
UCC -- D Ferry; S Enright, E O'Mahony, J O'Sullivan; P Crowley, N Daly, B Daly; J Buckley, K O'Driscoll; D Nation, M Collins, JB Spillane; S O'Brien, P Geaney, B O'Driscoll. Subs: M Reen for Nation (38), B Moran for O'Brien (56).
Ref --S Carroll (Westmeath).