Sunday 25 February 2018

Paddy McBrearty on fire as Jordanstown book place in Sigerson Cup last eight

UUJ 2-14 Garda College 0-11

Paddy McBrearty was in flying form for Jordanstown
Paddy McBrearty was in flying form for Jordanstown

Patrick McBrearty did the early damage to help book 2016 Sigerson Cup hosts Jordanstown a place in next week’s quarter-finals.

The Donegal star nailed a match-winning haul of 1-6, including a superb 1-4 in the opening ten minutes against Garda College.

Highly-rated young Tyrone player Rory Brennan received a straight red card from referee Padraig Hughes after 24 minutes for striking Garda’s Philip Smith, but they were already leading 1-5 to 0-5 thanks to McBrearty’s sixth-minute goal.

Roscommon’s Colin Compton was the most dangerous forward for Garda, last year’s Trench Cup winners. But the visitors still trailed 1-7 to 0-5 at the break.

Armagh’s Ethan Rafferty had a fine second half, scoring several long-range points against the wind.

Seven minutes after the restart, Sean Fox saved a tamely-hit penalty from Garda’s Daithi Shannon.

Mayo’s Evan Regan flicked home a 57th-minute for UUJ with Carlow’s Brendan Murphy dismissed late on for the visitors.

Scorers – UUJ: P McBrearty 1-6 (5f), E Rafferty 0-4 (1f, 1 ‘45), E Regan 1-0, K Clarke, M Argue, R McHugh (f), C Grugan 0-1 each. Garda College: D Shannon 0-4 (4f), C Compton 0-3, P McGee, C Shields, G Haran (f), B Murphy 0-1 each.

UUJ – S Fox; R Johnston, K Clarke, R Brennan; R McHugh, R McNamee, S Sheridan; N McKeever, M Argue; C Grugan, E Rafferty, D Savage; E Regan, R McAnespie, P McBrearty. Subs: F Burns for Savage (40), C Clarke for Rafferty (58), S McArdle for Argue (59).

GARDA COLLEGE – C Kenerick; G Farren, G Petit, P Smith; B Devlin, S O’Malley, BJ Molloy; P McGee, C Shields; P Morris, B Murphy, B O’Hare; C Compton, D Shannon, G Haran. Subs: M Holland for McCarthy (h-t), J Kerrigan for O’Hare (40), P Fallon for Devlin (53) J Kearney for Molloy (58).

REF – P Hughes (Armagh)

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