Tuesday 23 January 2018

Goals do trick as UCD claim semi-final spot

UCD 3-11 UCC 1-9 Independent.ie Sigerson Cup

The hosts had kicked five of the first six points after half-time, with Conor Cox notching four (SPORTSFILE)
The hosts had kicked five of the first six points after half-time, with Conor Cox notching four (SPORTSFILE)

Sigerson roll of honour leaders UCD ensured they will be in next week's finals weekend in Jordanstown with victory at the Mardyke yesterday.

John Divilly's side, semi-finalists in 2015, surged clear of last year's runners-up soon after their second goal, from Eoin Lowry in the 41st minute.

The hosts had kicked five of the first six points after half-time, with Conor Cox notching four, before Conor McCarthy's surging run through the UCC cover set up Lowry's strike and swung the game back in UCD's favour.

The early second-half burst had brought UCC back to within a point having trailed 1-8 to 1-3 at the break, however, once Lowry netted for UCD, the Cork team could only manage one further score.

Points from John Heslin and Niall Kelly pushed UCD clear before McCarthy got a third goal near the end. With UCC goalkeeper Micheal Martin having saved from UCD's star turn Paul Mannion, the ball fell to McCarthy who tapped in.

There was an element of good fortune to UCD's first goal, coming with the sides tied at 0-2 each. when Lowry's '45 fell short, the ball slipped from the grasp of UCC's Gary O'Sullivan and went through the legs of Martin.

McCarthy and James McEntee put UCD five clear but Luke Connolly's penalty had UCC back in touch. UCD came strongly again as half-time approached and ultimately had the goalscoring capability when needed.

Scorers - UCD: C McCarthy 1-1, J Heslin 0-3 (2f), 1-0 own goal, E Lowry 1-0, N Kelly, P Mannion (1f) 0-2 each, J McCaffrey, D Murphy, J McEntee 0-1 each. UCC: C Cox 0-6 (4f), L Connolly 1-1 (1-0 pen), K Davis, D Harrington 0-1 each.

UCD - E Keogh; M Fitzsimons, S O'Dea, R Wylie; D Hyland, D Byrne, J McCaffrey; B O'Sullivan, D Murphy; C McCarthy, J Heslin, J McEntee; E Lowry, P Mannion, N Kelly. Subs: J Barry for O'Sullivan (inj, h-t), C Mullally for Murphy (33, inj), T Hayes for Lowry (50), T Moolick for McCarthy (56), P Kingston for Mannion (60).

UCC - M Martin; J Davis, J McGuire, K Fulignati; K Crowley, B O'Driscoll, J Walsh; G O'Sullivan, I Maguire; S Kiely, L Connolly, K Davis; J Kiely, C Cox, D Harrington. Subs: C Hyde for O'Sullivan (h-t), C Horgan for Kiely (46), S Cronin for Hyde (48), S White for Crowley (50), J Horgan for Davis (53).

Ref - B Kelly (Clare)

Irish Independent

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