Wednesday 20 February 2019

Durcan punishes IT Tralee

Sigerson Cup: Ulster University 1-13 IT Tralee 1-8

'UU closed the game out with three unanswered points' Stock photo: Sportsfile
'UU closed the game out with three unanswered points' Stock photo: Sportsfile

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An upset looked on the cards when IT Tralee held a three-point lead over their 14-man visitors early in the second half, with a free in front of the posts to come.

But as Jack Savage lined up the kick, midfielder Greg Horan reacted to some handbags and was shown a straight red. The free was overturned, and Ulster University, with the wind at their backs, kicked on to overturn a 0-7 to 0-4 deficit and pull away.

Patrick Durcan hit 1-2 as the visitors scored 1-6 without reply to move 1-10 to 0-7 clear.

Tralee refused to give up and they got their only point of the second half from Savage, quickly followed by a Mark O'Shea goal that reduced the deficit to just two points. But UU closed the game out with three unanswered points.

Despite being without David Clifford, IT Tralee led 0-7 to 0-4 at the interval, with UU's Gareth McKinless dismissed on a second yellow.

Scorers - University of Ulster: P Durcan 1-3, L Brennan 0-4 (3fs), D Gallagher, M McEvoy 0-2 each, N Donnelly, D Kerr 0-1 each. IT Tralee: J Savage 0-5fs, M O'Shea 1-1, G Horan, J Duggan 0-1 each.

University of Ulster - B Gallen; J Duffy, M McKernan, K McKaigue; M McEvoy, G McKinless, P Durcan; B McDonnell, S Fegan; R McHugh, J Doherty, D Gallagher; L Brennan, T O'Brien, Ceilum Doherty. Subs: D Kerr for Gallagher (46), F Burns for J Doherty (58), N Donnelly for C Doherty (59), E Murray for Duffy (60).

IT Tralee - C Hurley; T Kearns, G Crowley, B Fitzgerald ; D J Murph, J Morgan, M Potts; L Kearney, G Horan; D Moynihan, J Savage, A McCarthy; J Duggan, M O'Shea, C Keane. Subs: C Ferris for Potts (44), C Smith for Kearns (44), D O'Keeffe for Duggan (48), C Byrne for McCarthy (48), D Kennedy for D J Murphy (60).

Ref - R Hickey (Clare)

Fogarty keeps Maynooth in front

Maynooth University 0-9 Queen's 0-8

Maynooth university secured a quarter-final berth courtesy of a one-point win over Queen's at the Dub yesterday.

The impressive Pádraig Fogarty opened the scoring after just 25 seconds, with Niall O'Sullivan doubling the lead on four minutes. Kieran Hughes cut the gap on nine minutes, but midway through the half Maynooth had stretched the lead through Jimmy Hyland and Fogarty.

Two Ryan Treanor frees were split by Fogarty's third of the day and Queen's captain Callum O'Neill cut the gap to a single point, 0-5 to 0-4, just before half-time.

Darragh Lyons and Fogarty made it a three-point game on 36 minutes, before Emmett Deane and Ruadhan Ó Giolláin exchanged points.

A Fogarty free then made the score 0-9 to 0-6 on 54 minutes. Treanor added his third free of the day with Niall Keenan cutting the gap to the minimum in injury-time.

Queen's now take the back door route and face NUI Galway.

Scorers - Maynooth Uni: P Fogarty 0-5 (2f), N O'Sullivan, D Lyons, R Ó Giolláin, J Hyland 0-1 each. Queen's: R Treanor 0-3 (3f), N Keenan, C O'Neill, J Smith, K Hughes (f), E Deane 0-1 each.

MAYNOOTH - N Carrie; N O'Sullivan, J Kelly, M Hyland; D Courtney, J Gibbons, E Maloney; E Devine, D Lyons; R Ó Giolláin, N O'Donnell, S Comerford; J Hyland, P Fogarty, S O'Hanlon. Subs: C Cannon for Kelly (15), K McMenamin for Gibbons (26, bc), D Malone for Lyons (52).

QUEEN'S - A Hasson; C McCluskey, O Lappin, N Keenan; N Rafferty, J Rice, C Cox; R Campbell, D McKeever; C O'Neill, R Trainor, J Smith; D Guinness, K Hughes, J McMahon. Subs: E Deane for Campbell (23, bc), C Martin for Hughes (41), N Alison for Rice (45), B Crealy for McKeever (47), J McCann for Cox (54), N Hannigan for Smith (58).

REF - B Cassidy (Derry)

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