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O'Loughlin shows class to ensure home rule for UCD

UCD 0-18
NUIG 2-3

Published 04/03/2011 | 05:00

UCD's Ciaran Lyng battles for possession with Ciaran McDonald of NUIG at Belfield yesterday. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile
UCD's Ciaran Lyng battles for possession with Ciaran McDonald of NUIG at Belfield yesterday. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile

Hosts UCD were far too classy for a disappointing NUIG in the evening quarter-final.

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Inspired by the splendid John Heslin and John O'Loughlin, UCD were always in charge.

Westmeath midfielder Heslin offered another reminder of his considerable potential with an accomplished performance.

UCD thundered into the contest, accumulating a 0-5 to 0-2 advantage at the end of the opening quarter, but NUIG then struck for goal.

Mayo's Jason Doherty, the only NUIG forward to pose a threat, lofted in a '45' and Neil Douglas provided a deft flick to send the ball past Michael Savage.

UCD quickly re-established control, though, with Heslin dictating affairs at midfield and O'Loughlin's bustling aggression at half-forward bothering NUIG.

They moved 0-11 to 1-2 ahead at the interval and hit another five without reply after the turnaround to build up a commanding lead.

UCD's forwards were causing havoc, with O'Loughlin, Ciaran Lyng and Rob Kelly all finding their range.

NUIG ended a 34-minute search for a score when substitute Mark McHugh kicked a tidy point before Ciaran Lyng replied.

Galway panellist Greg Higgins grabbed a late consolation goal for NUIG, but UCD's thoughts had already switched to this afternoon's tussle with UCC.

Scorers -- UCD: J O'Loughlin 0-4 each, J Heslin, R Kelly (1f), C Lyng (2f) 0-3 each, D Kingston, M Fitzsimmons, C Kenny, J Fitzpatrick, K McGourty 0-1 each. NUIG: N Douglas, G Higgins 1-0 each, J Doherty 0-2, M McHugh 0-1.

UCD -- M Savage; J Hayes, C Forde, M Fitzsimmons; M McGowan, S Redmond, J Fitzpatrick; J Heslin, C Murphy; C Kenny, J O'Loughlin, K McGourty; C Lyng, D Kingston, R Kelly. Subs: C Dyas for Kenny (22), D St Ledger for Kingston (42), T Warburton for Fitzsimmons (50), M Brasil for McGourty (54), M Coughlan for O'Loughlin (56).

NUIG -- N King; C McDonald, K O'Connor, R Rochford; K Conlon, P Gardiner, J Moore; S Gilmartin, D Coroon; B Geraghty, A Dillon, A Mullin; N Douglas, F Deasmhunaigh, J Doherty. Subs: G Higgins for Coroon (36), C Mimnagh for Douglas (38), S McHale for Moore (40), S McWeeney for McDonald (48), M McHugh for Mullin (50).

Ref -- J McQuillan (Cavan).

Irish Independent

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