Thursday 19 April 2018

UCD to face UCC in Sigerson Cup last eight after surviving big scare against NUIG

Paul Mannion, University College Dublin, in action against Kevin McDonnell, NUI Galway. Independent.ie HE GAA Sigerson Cup, 1st Round, NUI Galway v University College Dublin, Dangan, Galway. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
Paul Mannion, University College Dublin, in action against Kevin McDonnell, NUI Galway. Independent.ie HE GAA Sigerson Cup, 1st Round, NUI Galway v University College Dublin, Dangan, Galway. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE

UCD will travel to Cork to play UCC in the quarter-finals after coming through a big test in Dangan today.

Hero of the hour was Westmeath’s John Heslin for a side with several Dublin stars such Jack McCaffrey, Michael Fitzsimons and Paul Mannion on board.

NUIG, who paid the price for some wayward shooting which undermined a decent challenge, led by 1-3 to 0-3 at the interval after Antrim’s Owen Gallagher had finished a good move with a fine goal late in the first half.

But Heslin took over in the third quarter and kicked two excellent points from play and one from a free to tie the match before Barry O’Sullivan edged them in front.

Peter Cooke hit back with two points for NUIG but Heslin and Mannion, who was denied a goal in the opening minutes by goalkeeper Donie O’Sullivan, responded for UCD.

And while NUIG’s Ray Connellan cancelled a point from Conor McCarthy, the home side were unable to convert chances and Heslin sealed it with a late free.

SCORERS – UCD: J Heslin 0-7 (3f), P Mannion 0-2, B O’Sullivan, C McCarthy 0-1 each. NUIG: P Cooke 0-4 (2f, 1 ‘45), O Gallagher 1-0, A Gallagher, R Connellan 0-1.

UCD – E Keogh; R Wylie, D Hyland, D Byrne;  C Mulally, M Fitzsimmons, J McCaffrey;  B O’Sullivan, D Murphy;  N Kelly, P Harnan, J Heslin; E Lowry, P Mannion, P Kingston. Subs: J McEntee for Kelly (30), T Hayes for Kingston (30), C Basquel for Lowry (40), S O’Dea for Mullaly (40), C McCarthy for Harnan (45), R McDaid for McCaffrey (60).

NUIG – D O’Sullivan: K McDonnell, D Cunnane, LBurke; J McManus, D Murray, A Nolan; C O’Shea, P Cooke; S Moran, M Daly, A Gallagher; K Finn, O Gallagher, C Davey. Subs: E Tierney for Nolan (32), R Connellan for Davey (49), P Mannion for Moran (50).

REF – E O’Grady (Leitrim)

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