Saturday 20 January 2018

UL do just enough to edge out Maynooth in Sigerson

University of Limerick 0-6 Maynooth University 0-5

Coilin Duffy

A 50th-minute Daniel McLoughlin point proved decisive as University of Limerick claimed a slender victory against Maynooth University in cold conditions in the Sigerson Cup at Maynooth this evening.

Both sides had plenty of chances to add to their tallies late on, but the Donegal man’s score proved decisive as UL advanced to their first quarter-final in the competition since 2011.

Scores were at a premium throughout this contest, with no more than two points separating the sides throughout, in a game that was tied on four occasions, including at 0-5 each in the 47th minute.

Maynooth got off to an excellent start, with Dublin’s Eric Lowndes sending over the opening point inside five minutes, but scores were at a premium over the remainder of the hour.

There was little to talk about in terms of wind, as both teams gave an epic battle of football throughout.

UL equalised in the 11th minute, but neither side would produce a score for a further 15 minutes, despite a string of chances for the hosts.

Maynooth amassed seven wides inside the opening 24 minutes, and also had an effort stopped off the line, and this would come back to haunt them at full-time.

Tied at 0-2 apiece at half-time, Maynooth continued to prove goal-hungry on the restart, but corner-forward Neil Flynn was denied by Galway’s Ruairi Lavelle in the UL goals.

Maynooth forged a 0-4 to 0-2 lead by the 33rd minute, but saw this pegged back, only to take a 0-5 to 0-4 advantage heading into the final quarter.

Kildare’s Paul Cribbin and Meath’s Eamon Wallace both put long spells on the sidelines through injury behind them, as they entered the fray for Maynooth, but UL drove on with two unanswered points from McDermott and McLoughlin to take victory.

The Liam Kearns managed University now face IT Carlow in a home quarter-final, on Thursday February 12th.

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