Freeman the key difference
IT Sligo 1-7
IT Sligo failed to make the final despite edging out NUIG 1-7 to 0-9 in their last group game at the Sligo side's ground in Ballinode yesterday.
The home side were slow out of the blocks and it was the Galway third-level institution -- who take on UCC in Sigerson Cup action action this Wednesday -- who raced into a three-point lead by the 12th minute with Sean Armstrong notching two scores.
Yet IT Sligo had the better of the second-quarter and a goal on 27 minutes by Alan Freeman was the key difference between the sides at half-time 1-3 to 0-4.
However, the visitors looked to be heading for victory when full-forward Armstrong put them 0-9 to 1-5 ahead in the 50th minute but IT Sligo -- who will face the Garda College in Templemore in their Sigerson Cup encounter on Wednesday -- finished the stronger of the sides and Danny Cummin's 58th minute point clinched the victory.
SCORERS -- IT Sligo : A Freeman 1-1, S Coen 0-2 (0-2f), S Kelly, D Gibney, E Keating, D Cummins 0-1 each. NUIG : S Armstrong 0-5 (0-2f, '45), P McGee, J Doherty, C McFhearghusa, S Stenson 0-1 each.
IT Sligo -- A Faherty; K Cawley, D Reynolds, S Boyle; E McHugh, G Reynolds, C Greene; D Givney, E Keating; A Costello, Alan Freeman, S Kelly; S Coen, S Ryder, D Cummins. Subs: G Gaughan for Ryder (40), S Henry for Kelly (54).
NUIG -- NJ King; C O'Connor, D Finnegan, A Glynn; P Domican, G Bradshaw, N Ewing; P McGee, D Duffy; J Connellan, S Stenson, C Kenny; D Kelleher, S Armstrong, C Mimnagh. Subs: C McFhearghusa for Ewing (HT), C Conroy for Duffy (H-T), C Leyden for Domican (HT), J Doherty for Kelleher (35), J Egan for Connellan (51).
Ref -- O Kelly (Roscommon).