McNulty turns tide for UUJ
THIS match added further weight to the truism that there's no such thing as an easy game.
Jordanstown were hot favourites but -- just like they did last year -- the University of Limerick proved they're better than many give them credit for in a match they could have won.
After a shaky start, UL took control midway through the first half to score 1-5 without reply, as corner-forward David Conway terrorised the UUJ defence and John O'Rourke scored a smashing goal.
UUJ were rattled and still hadn't recovered their composure by the early stages of the second half, as they kicked wide after wide and UL comfortably defended a three-point lead.
However, Diarmuid McNulty made the most of a fortunate break of the ball to smash home a goal that drew Jordanstown level and, although UL stuck doggedly to the task, it wasn't to be for the Limerick side.
Scorers -- UUJ: D McNulty 1-2, P Hughes 0-4, P Devlin 0-3, M Donnelly 0-1. UL: D Conway 0-9 (5f), J O'Rourke 1-0.
UUJ -- S McCormack; G McCartan, A McClean, R Pickering; C McGinley, L McLoone, C Sheridan; C Murray, N McAdam; C Clarke, P Devlin, P Hughes; M Donnelly, C Hughes, D McNulty. Subs: R McNab for C McGinley (42), D McKenna for C Murray (49), S McGuigan (Tyrone) for D McNulty (58).
UL -- J Lyster; M Culloty, M Moloney, J O'Brien; F Fitzgerald, E Doyle, D Dolan; T Ladden, D Niblock; J O'Rourke, J Sherwood, M Cahalane; D Conway, P Austin, M Geaney. Subs: C Dempsey for J Sherwood (44), L Mulligan for M Cahalane (53), P O'Connor for J O'Brien (55).
REF -- J Curley (Meath).