Saturday 25 November 2017 third level hurling titles for Trinity College, GRETB and JM

Danny Sutcliffe was in action for Trinity College Dublin
Danny Sutcliffe was in action for Trinity College Dublin

Cóilín Duffy

Trinity College, Dublin bounced back from last years final lost to NUIM to take Ryan Cup honours, with GRETB and JMU claiming Higher Education Fergal Maher and Corn Padraig Mac Diarmuda hurling titles respectively in Limerick today.

Dublin duo Danny Sutcliffe and Collie O’Neill an Waterford’s Paul Coughlan were among those who impressed as TCD claimed their first ever Ryan Cup title with a 1-18 to 1-9 win over Queens University Belfast.

This game was a titanic affair throughout, with the sides level on three occasions, before a goal from Derry Senior player Alan Grant (1-8) helped QUB to a 1-7 to 1-4 interval lead.

Kilkenny’s Conor O’Carroll registered the Trinity goal, and the Dublin City Centre college bounced back strongly on the restart.

Grant scored the first point of the half for Queens, but they failed to add to this for 21 minutes, as TCD tagged on 11 unanswered points.

Sutcliffe, O’Neill, Kevin Hetherton and Brian Fitzgerald took scores during this spell, before Grant brought his tally to 1-8 in the 58th minute.

However, TCD finished this game with points from Wexford’s Niall Redmond and Waterford’s Paul Coughlan to ensure a nine-point victory.

After the game Jesse Kennedy accepted the Ryan Cup, while Collie O’Neill claimed the Man of the Match award.

Earlier, in Limerick IT, Galway-Roscommon EYB claimed a historic first ever Fergal Maher Cup title with a 2-11 to 1-9 win over Cork Colleges of Further Education.

The Jeffrey Lynskey managed side were in control in the first half, with a 17th minute goal from Joe Mooney helping them to a 1-7 to 0-3 interval lead.

A Tom Monaghan point opened up an eight-point lead on the restart, but CCFE fought back strongly.

Glen Kennefick and Paul Leopold took fine point to cut the margin to five, but despite the dismissal of Colin Burke for GRETB the Western side bounced back.

Donal McMahon netted their second goal, and although a Matthew McNamara three-point for CCFE ensured a 2-10 to 1-9 score-line with four minutes remaining, GRETB held out for a five-point win.

GRETB goalkeeper Mike Fahy put in a good display for the victors, with Conor Gardiner receiving the Man of the Match award, and captain Joe Mooney accepting the Cup after the game.

Earlier, the Corn Padraig Mac Diarmuda returned to British soil for the second year in a row, following a 2-13 to 1-8 win for Liverpool John Moores University over IT Blanchardstown.

JMU never trailed this game and led by 1-1 to 0-0 after just three minutes, with Laois native Nathan Unwin netting the goal from a long range free.

JMU pushed 2-6 to 0-5 ahead at the interval, with Niall Strain bagging their second goal.

ITB bounced back on the restart, with a Christian O’Hara goal, and despite cutting the gap to four points with 19 minutes remaining, following a David Keville score, JMU kicked on with four unanswered points to take silverware.

Antrim man Seaghan Shannon claimed the Man of the Match award, with Donn Whelan accepting the cup.

The victory was also the first time a team from England had won a Higher Education Hurling Championship.

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