Independent.ie Sigerson Cup: Quarter-final line-up confirmed as DCU and St Mary's advance
Goals were key for a more clinical DCU outfit as they advanced to the Independent.ie Sigerson Cup quarter-finals with a nine-point win over last year's beaten finalists UUJ at Jordanstown this afternoon.
In ideal conditions, Niall Moyna's side made better use of their possession, registering just five wides over the hour, including two in the first half.
In contrast Jordanstown lorded possession in the opening 30 minutes, but struggled to make it count on the scoreboard, shooting seven wides by the 25th minute, with DCU leading by 1-5 to 0-2 at this stage.
Roscommon's Enda Smith firing the opening goal in the 23rd minute, after Stephen O'Brien sniffed out a UUJ attack at the opposite end.
Dublin's Conor McHugh was also impressive for DCU, with his score ensuring a six point lead, before O'Brien turned provider to set up Sligo's Niall Murphy for DCU's second goal.
2-5 to 0-2 ahead after 28 minutes, DCU were hugely impressive, but the gap stood at seven points at the interval, after Cavan's Killian Clarke and Tyrone's Ronan O'Neill pegged back a point each for the hosts.
Despite losing first half substitute Brian Sankey early in the second half through a black card UUJ delivered a more improved showing on the restart.
McBrearty; Armagh's Stephen Sheridan and Danny Savage helped cut the gap to five points with 15 minutes remaining.
The hosts outscored DCU by two points to one inside 90 seconds, with Richie Donnelly and Mayo's Cillian O'Connor on target to ensure a four-point deficit
But the 2014 finalists failed to push on, as DCU finished strongly, with an unanswered 1-2, including Smith's second goal to help them to a nine-point win.
Scorers for DCU: Enda Smith 2-0; Conor McHugh (4f) 0-5; Niall Murphy 1-1; Donal Smith 0-2; Conor Daly, Rory Connor 0-1 each
Scorers for UUJ: Paddy McBrearty (2f), Richard Donnelly 0-2 each; Killian Clarke, Caolan Mooney, Ronan O'Neill, Stephen Sheridan, Danny Savage, Cillian O'Connor (1f) 0-1 each.
DCU: Tadgh Lowe; Jack Smith, Conor Boyle, Conor Daly; Dessie Ward, Conor Moynagh, Colm Begley; Tom Flynn, Steven O'Brien; Davy Byrne, Conor Meredith, Diarmuid O'Connor; Conor McHugh, Niall Murphy, Enda Smith. Subs: Rory Connor for Meredith (38); Donal Smith for Murphy (45); Conor McGraynor for D O'Connor (47); Eoin O'Connor for Byrne (52); Shane Carey for Moynagh (56); Donal Wyrnn for for McHugh (59).
UUJ: Rory Beggan; Martin Johnston, Ricky Johnston, Killian Brady; Killian Clarke, Mattie Donnelly, Stephen Sheridan; Caolan Mooney, Michael Argue; Kieran Hughes, Ronan O'Neill, Richie Donnelly; Paddy McBrearty, Caolan O'Boyle, Cillian O'Connor. Subs: Brian Sankey for Argue (29); Danny Savage for Sankey (39 Black Card); Liam Girvan for O'Neill (40); Frank Burns for O'Boyle (44).
Here are two of the DCU goals from today's game:
In today's other game, St Mary's staged a second half comeback to defeat NUI Galway at Dangan.
Mary's trailed by four points at the break but kept the Galway side to just a point in the second half as they ran out 1-10 to 1-7 winners with Matthew Fitzpatrick's 52nd minute goal proving the difference in the end.
Independent.ie Sigerson Cup Quarter Final fixtures:
Wednesday, February 11
UCC v IT Sligo
St. Mary’s v DCU
Thursday February 12
UL v IT Carlow
UCD v GMIT