Supersub McHugh right on cue for DCU
DCU 1-20 NUIG 1-20
DCU produced a spirited second-half comeback in their Walsh Cup encounter in Glasnevin yesterday afternoon.
The hosts trailed by five points at the break but a goal from substitute Eoghan McHugh revived their fortunes as they earned a deserved share of the spoils.
NUIG controlled matters in the opening half as they inched ahead through Stephen Hynes, Aidan Helebert and Conor Whelan.
The visitors stretched their lead to five points in the 10th minute as Whelan's pass allowed Stephen Ward sufficient time to fire past Cormac Ryan from ten yards.
DCU kept their deficit at a manageable level, however, thanks to the sharp-shooting of Sean Gray from placed balls, but three points from Padraig Mannion ensured a 1-11 to 0-9 interval lead for NUIG.
Despite Gray's accuracy deserting him on occasions, DCU looked to have completed their comeback as Killian Fitzgerald pointed from distance but Whelan's battling score ensured an equitable conclusion to an entertaining tie.
Scorers - DCU: S Gray 0-11 (0-9f, 0-1 '65'); E McHugh 1-0; C Joyce 0-3; C Scally 0-2; P Foley (f), D Barden, N O'Connor, K Fitzgerald 0-1 each. NUIG: A Helebert 0-7 (0-3f, 0-2 '65'); C Whelan 0-4 (0-1f); S Ward 1-0; P Mannion 0-3, N O'Brien, C Mannion, S Hynes, R Taylor, S Conlon, G Hennelly 0-1 each.
DCU - C Ryan; M Heaney, R Lennon, P O'Dea; T French, P Foley, K Fitzgerald; D Staunton, D Sutcliffe; M Daly, C Joyce, K O'Flynn; S Gray, C Scally, D Barden. Subs: E McHugh for Daly (33), N O'Connor for Barden (40), L Richardson for O'Dea and P Hogan for French (45), C McEvoy for Heaney (55).
NUIG - C Tuohy; R Lane, G Forde, S Whelan; S Cooney, J Hanbury, P Mannion; N O'Brien, C Mannion; S Hynes, S Conlon, A Helebert; S Ward, C Whelan, R Taylor. Subs: J Griffey for Tuohy (h/t), G Hennelly for Hynes (40), K McMahon for Conlon (45), E Mulvihill for P Mannion (51), C Hanbury for Taylor (69).
Ref - Killian Jones (Kildare).