Wednesday 20 March 2019

Mary's craving glory once again after UCD shock

St Mary's 0-10 UCD 0-7

Luke Fortune of UCD in action against Aaron Duffy of St Mary's University. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Luke Fortune of UCD in action against Aaron Duffy of St Mary's University. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

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St Mary's, Belfast are now just 60 minutes away from reclaiming the Sigerson Cup after overcoming the challenge of a highly-regarded UCD side in Mallow on Saturday.

Two years after their memorable Sigerson success over the same Dublin university, the teaching training college defied their underdog status yet again and progressed into Wednesday's decider against UCC.

Ryan McSherry of St Mary's University in action against Peter Healy of UCD. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Ryan McSherry of St Mary's University in action against Peter Healy of UCD. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

"We are absolutely thrilled to be in another Sigerson Cup final and we will be doing all in our power to bring the title back to Belfast once again," said a delighted St Mary's manager Gavin McGilly.

St Mary's worked their socks off throughout, evidenced by the fact that it took more than 36 minutes for UCD to register their first score.

A free from Stephen McConville got St Mary's up and running. He would slot over further scores before the break, with fine scores from play also coming from Liam Rafferty, Jarleth Óg Burns and Ryan Coleman to lead 0-7 to 0-0 at half-time.

UCD did their best to mount a spirited fightback as efforts from Evan O'Carroll and Peter Healy saw them chip back at the deficit.

Conor McCarthy of UCD in action against Liam Rafferty of St Mary's University. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Conor McCarthy of UCD in action against Liam Rafferty of St Mary's University. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

But Mary's were not to be denied and McConville added a number of key scores to see the Belfast side home.

Scorers - St Mary's: S McConville 0-6 (4f); R Coleman 0-2; L Rafferty, J Óg Burns 0-1 each. UCD: E O'Carroll 0-3 (3f); C O'Connor, B Dan O'Sullivan, D Kennedy, P Healy 0-1 each.

St Mary's - M Reid: L Rafferty, C Dillon, M Rooney; C Byrne, R McSherry, A Duffy; J Óg Burns, L Devlin; S McConville, S McGuigan, A Boyle; N Toner, R Coleman, C McKinney. Subs: R McGrath for Byrne (49).

UCD - T O'Brien; B Byrne, M Dempsey, P Healy; M Breen, C O'Shea, C O'Connor; D Gavin, S Coen; C Meyler, C McCarthy, L Fortune: C O'Callaghan, E O'Carroll, B McGinn. Subs: B Dan O'Sullivan for Breen (15), G Walsh for Meyler (22, BC), Brian Ó Seanacháin for McGinn (45), D Kennedy for Fortune (48).

Con O'Callaghan of UCD in action against Stephen McConville of St Mary's University. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Con O'Callaghan of UCD in action against Stephen McConville of St Mary's University. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Ref - J Bermingham (Cork).

Darren Gavin of UCD in action against Jarleth og Burns of St Mary's University. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Darren Gavin of UCD in action against Jarleth og Burns of St Mary's University. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

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