Monday 11 December 2017

Heslin cuts loose as UCD blitz Athlone after restart

UCD 0-17 Athlone IT 2-7

John Heslin
John Heslin
Ryan Mallon

With their captain John Heslin in inspirational form, UCD were full value for their win over hosts Athlone IT in an entertaining first-round clash.

UCD were two points to the good when Ger Egan's fifth-minute penalty for AIT was brilliantly saved by Eoghan Keogh. The home team eventually took the lead for the first time in the 28th minute when James Dolan goaled, but excellent points from Mark Hughes and Heslin had the Dublin college level at the break (0-7 to 1-4).

Heslin really got into his stride on the change of ends as the Westmeath man kicked three of his side's unanswered five points.

There was no way back for AIT from then on, despite substitute Shane Quinn finding the net with 11 minutes remaining. Cathal Shine tried to blast a third goal for the Athlone college from a free in the dying moments, but his shot flew over the crossbar.

SCORERS – UCD: J Heslin 0-7 (1f), P Mannion 0-3 (2fs), M Hughes, J McCaffrey 0-2 each, C Sheridan, R Basquel, J Maloney 0-1 each. AIT: J Dolan, S Quinn 1-0 each, G Egan 0-3fs, K Martin 0-2 (1f), C O'Brien, C Shine (f) 0-1 each.

UCD – E Keogh; R Wylie, R McDaid, R Tierney; C Lenehan, P Harnan, J McCaffrey; M O'Hanlon, C Sheridan; M Hughes, J Heslin, B Fenton; P Mannion, J Maloney, P Kingston.

Subs: P Reilly for Sheridan (h-t), R Basquel for Kingston (h-t), C Downey for O'Hanlon (50), S McEntee for Reilly (52, BC), J Hayes for Hughes (58).

AIT – G Connaughton; J Donoghue, D Farley, E Kerin; L Murphy, G Egan, T Mooney; C Duggan, C Shine; A Caul, K Martin, A Coffey; C Fitzgerald, J Dolan, J Mulligan. Subs: S Quinn for Caul (37), C O'Brien for Murphy (45), A Stone for Coffey (50).

REF – Marty Duffy (Sligo)

MALLON POINTS WAY AS QUEEN'S END DROUGHT

Sigerson Cup hosts Queen's University won their first match in the competition since 2008 by beating beating University of Limerick in Belfast by two points.

The visitors, managed by former Limerick boss Liam Kearns, led by 0-2 to 0-1 early in the game after Kerry star James O'Donoghue scored the first of his four points.

However, once Queen's got in front, reeling off the next four points in a row, they managed to stay ahead for most of the game.

Donegal's All-Ireland winner Martin McElhinney and Ryan Rafferty were on target as they led 0-6 to 0-5 at the break.

UL briefly drew level at 0-7 apiece through Shane O'Callaghan, but Queen's went on another scoring burst, with Darren O'Hanlon, Ryan Murray, Ryan Jones and the impressive Ryan Mallon all on the scoresheet. UL showed great fight as O'Donoghue and Denis Daly brought them within a point again, but Queen's held on to secure a home tie next week against GMIT.

Scorers – Queen's: R Mallon, R Rafferty, R Grugan, R Murray 0-2 each, P Quinn, D O'Hanlon, C McCartan, M McElhinney, R Jones 0-1 each. UL: J O'Donoghue 0-4 (2fs), B O'Shea 0-3fs, D Dolan, D Daly, S O'Callaghan, JP Spillane 0-1 each

QUEEN'S – M Cunningham; P Quinn, C Cullen, C McNulty; R Mallon, D O'Hanlon, C McCartan; M McElhinney, H Og Conlan; C Maginn, R Grugan, R Jones; G Collins, N McKenna, R Rafferty. Subs: R Murray for Collins (ht), S McArdle for Jones (48), R McGarry for Rafferty (50), R Jones for Conlan (60)

UL – R Byrne; E Kiely, T Clancy, B Harrison; D Dolan, J O'Rourke, L Mulligan; P McHugh, C McNamee; JP Spillane, D Daly, E Carroll; S O'Callaghan, J O'Donoghue, B O'Shea.

REF – BCassidy (Derry)

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