Sunday 18 March 2018

Last-gasp Clarke heroics secure UUJ's passage

UUJ 1-13
Queens 2-9

A point by UUJ's half-forward Jimmy Clarke a minute into injury-time gave his side victory over Queen's University in this pulsating tie at the Dub in Belfast yesterday

Queen's dominated the opening half and led 1-7 to 0-5 at the break thanks in part to Sean O'Neill's opportunist goal following a goalkeeping error.

The third quarter saw UUJ in complete control. Points flowed from Conor McManus, Ciaran McGinley and Clarke to leave the the sides level entering the final quarter. Queen's regained the lead but a Clarke penalty goal put UUJ ahead for the first time.

However, it lasted just a minute. Queen's swept upfield and Sean O'Neill pounced on another error to goal and regain the lead for Queen's. They lost and regained the lead before, in a hectic finish, McManus pointed to level it and Clarke sent the ball over as UUJ advanced.

Scorers -- UUJ: C McManus 0-7 (4f), J Clarke 1-2, C Kavanagh 0-2, E Kenny, C McGinley 0-1 each. Queen's: S O'Neill 2-1, J Kielt 0-6, (4f), C Kielt (1f), S Barton 0-1 each.

UUJ -- M McAllister; A Girvan, C Murney, D Morgan; C McManus, E Kenny, C McGinley; D Hughes, S Mulligan; J Clarke, T McCann, C Donnelly; C O'Boyle, C Kavanagh, J McAnulla. Subs: R McNabb for Murney, S O'Neill for Mulligan, L Hinphey for O'Boyle.

Queen's -- F Murphy; D McBride, N McGovern, H Gallagher; B Og McAlarey, J Crozier, D O'Hagan; S Barton, C Kielt; L O'Neill, J Kielt, M Sweeney; G McAleese, J Ireland, S O'Neill. Subs: B Cox for O'Hagan, B Martin for Sweeney.

Ref -- P Hughes (Armagh).

Irish Independent

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