Thursday 29 September 2016

UCD to face UCC in Sigerson Cup last eight after surviving big scare against NUIG

Published 03/02/2016 | 21:00

Paul Mannion, University College Dublin, in action against Kevin McDonnell, NUI Galway. Independent.ie HE GAA Sigerson Cup, 1st Round, NUI Galway v University College Dublin, Dangan, Galway. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
Paul Mannion, University College Dublin, in action against Kevin McDonnell, NUI Galway. Independent.ie HE GAA Sigerson Cup, 1st Round, NUI Galway v University College Dublin, Dangan, Galway. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE

UCD will travel to Cork to play UCC in the quarter-finals after coming through a big test in Dangan today.

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Hero of the hour was Westmeath’s John Heslin for a side with several Dublin stars such Jack McCaffrey, Michael Fitzsimons and Paul Mannion on board.

NUIG, who paid the price for some wayward shooting which undermined a decent challenge, led by 1-3 to 0-3 at the interval after Antrim’s Owen Gallagher had finished a good move with a fine goal late in the first half.

But Heslin took over in the third quarter and kicked two excellent points from play and one from a free to tie the match before Barry O’Sullivan edged them in front.

Peter Cooke hit back with two points for NUIG but Heslin and Mannion, who was denied a goal in the opening minutes by goalkeeper Donie O’Sullivan, responded for UCD.

And while NUIG’s Ray Connellan cancelled a point from Conor McCarthy, the home side were unable to convert chances and Heslin sealed it with a late free.

SCORERS – UCD: J Heslin 0-7 (3f), P Mannion 0-2, B O’Sullivan, C McCarthy 0-1 each. NUIG: P Cooke 0-4 (2f, 1 ‘45), O Gallagher 1-0, A Gallagher, R Connellan 0-1.

UCD – E Keogh; R Wylie, D Hyland, D Byrne;  C Mulally, M Fitzsimmons, J McCaffrey;  B O’Sullivan, D Murphy;  N Kelly, P Harnan, J Heslin; E Lowry, P Mannion, P Kingston. Subs: J McEntee for Kelly (30), T Hayes for Kingston (30), C Basquel for Lowry (40), S O’Dea for Mullaly (40), C McCarthy for Harnan (45), R McDaid for McCaffrey (60).

NUIG – D O’Sullivan: K McDonnell, D Cunnane, LBurke; J McManus, D Murray, A Nolan; C O’Shea, P Cooke; S Moran, M Daly, A Gallagher; K Finn, O Gallagher, C Davey. Subs: E Tierney for Nolan (32), R Connellan for Davey (49), P Mannion for Moran (50).

REF – E O’Grady (Leitrim)

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