Friday 28 April 2017

WATCH - Reigning champions UCD hit 1-8 without reply playing into the wind to dismiss the challenge of Ulster University

Players from UCD and Ulster University tussle during the Independent.ie HE GAA Sigerson Cup Quarter-Final match between Ulster University and UCD at Jordanstown in Belfast. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Players from UCD and Ulster University tussle during the Independent.ie HE GAA Sigerson Cup Quarter-Final match between Ulster University and UCD at Jordanstown in Belfast. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Orla Bannon

Sigerson Cup holders UCD scored 1-8 without reply in a curiously one-sided second half to book a place in next weekend's semi-finals, overcoming the threat of University of Ulster much more easily than expected.

The first half was of immense quality, the two number 13s Paul Mannion and Paddy McBrearty lighting up a fast-paced, combative contest at Jordanstown with excellent points.

Visitors UCD led 0-8 to 0-7 at the break, the teams being level five times in the opening half, but UU had the wind for the second half. It was set up perfectly for another entertaining half an hour's football, but instead UCD ran away with it.

UU lost their discipline as the game went away from them and finished with 13 men. Gareth Mckinless (two yellows) and later Ronan McNamee (straight red) were dismissed and could have no complaints.

Here are the first half highlights from the game:

Dublin's Paul Mannion top-scored with 0-7 for the visitors, but they lost Dublin forward Colm Basquel to a straight red card after a tussle with Derry defender Gareth McKinless midway through the second half.

He'll now miss next week's semi-final against either UL or DIT, who play today (Thurs).

“That is going to be a blow but it's up to others to step up,” said UCD boss John Divilly.

“We have quality players, quality forwards, and if we get the ball to them we expect them to score.

Watch Conor McCarthy's goal below:

“Maybe we were a bit hungrier, but we played a great game today.”

The home side started really well and Paddy McBrearty was sharp up front for UU hitting 0-4, including two from play. Eoin McHugh and Ryan McAnespie also scored fine points into the wind.

Here are the second half highlights:

Mannion put man marker McKinless under extreme pressure with Andy McDonnell and Eamon Wallace also on target.

Monaghan's Conor McCarthy scored the only goal in the 56th minute, but the game was already over with UCD making hay against the wind in the second period.

UU made poor use of the wind advantage, only scoring two points after the break.

UCD grew stronger, and the goal put the gloss on a comfortable win.

Conor McCarthy was put clean through the middle of the home defence and tucked the ball low into the net.

Scorers – UU: P McBrearty 0-5 (3f), E Rafferty, R Brennan, R McAnespie, E McHugh 0-1 each. UCD: P Mannion 0-7 (6f), C McCarthy 1-2, A McDonnell 0-4, E Wallace 0-2, C Mullally, J Barry 0-1 each, B McGinn 0-1 (f).

UU – S Fox; R Brennan, R McNamee, M McEvoy; R McHugh, G McKinless, S Sheridan; N McKeever, F Burns; T O'Brien, E Rafferty, E McHugh; P McBrearty, R McAnespie, M Bradley. Subs: E Donnelly for Rafferty (43), T Clarke for E McHugh (54).

UCD – C Honan; E Murchin, M Fitzsimons, N McInerney; C Mullaly, S Coen, J McCaffrey; B O'Sullivan; J Barry; A McDonnell, C McCarthy, E Wallace; P Mannion, C Basquel, L Moran. Subs: J Rossiter for McInerney (HT), B McGinn for Moran (HT), T Hayes for McDonnell (56), S O'Dea for Wallace (55), E Lowry for McCarthy (58).

Referee – Padraig Hughes (Armagh).

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