Monday 23 April 2018

Finnerty sends NUI Galway on way to first final in 15 years

NUIG 2-12 DIT 0-15

NUIG's Kieran Molloy celebrates following their Sigerson Cup Semi-Final victory over Dublin Institute of Technology at St Lomans in Mullingar, Co Westmeath. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
NUIG's Kieran Molloy celebrates following their Sigerson Cup Semi-Final victory over Dublin Institute of Technology at St Lomans in Mullingar, Co Westmeath. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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NUIG, the second most prolific winners of the Sigerson Cup, advanced to their first final since 2003 when they held off a DIT comeback in heavy rain at St Loman's GAA grounds in Mullingar.

But NUIG, who never trailed throughout the contest, held on for a deserved victory. Even the presence of Dublin star Brian Howard was not enough to swing this semi-final in favour of DIT.

NUIG led by 1-6 to 0-7 at the interval with Galway's Sean Kelly getting a fine goal two minutes from the break.

DIT produced a good third quarter which saw them draw level at 1-9 to 0-12 but then Eoin Finnerty struck a huge blow for NUIG when he blasted home their second goal 12 minutes from time.

Corofin's Kieran Molloy (pictured), who will miss Saturday's final as he will be in action for his club in the All-Ireland semi-final, put NUIG four ahead but DIT got it back to two with points from Sean Hurley and Kilian O'Gara. Points from Enda Tierney and Adam Gallagher seemed to make the game safe for NUIG. However, NUIG had to endure a nervous finish when Conor Madden cut the gap to a goal for DIT.

But NUIG held out during six minutes of stoppage time to book their place in the final.

DIT's Ronan Shanahan tries to control the ball ahead of Enda Tierney, Damien Comer and Ronan O’Toole. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
DIT's Ronan Shanahan tries to control the ball ahead of Enda Tierney, Damien Comer and Ronan O’Toole. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Scorers - NUI Galway: A Gallagher 0-4 (2f); S Kelly, E Finnerty 1-0 each; R O'Toole, E Tierney (1 '45) 0-2 each; P Cooke, O Gallagher, D Comer, K Molloy 0-1 each. DIT: S Hurley 0-4 (4f); C Loftus 0-3 (1f); K O'Gara 0-2; B Howard, S Dempsey, R O'Brien, C O'Reilly, T Corcoran, C Madden 0-1 each.

NUI Galway - T O'Malley; S Brennan, S Mulkerrin, K McDonnell; C Kelly, R Greene, G O'Kelly Lynch; C D'Arcy, P Cooke; E Tierney, O Gallagher, A Gallagher; B Donovan, D Comer, S Kelly. Subs: R O'Toole for S Kelly (32), K Molloy for Donovan (42), E Finnerty for O Gallagher (43), R Forde for C Kelly (48), J Maher for Greene (59).

Dublin Institute of Technology - L Stacey; A McGowan, B Power, R Shanahan; B Howard, R O'Brien, B Maher; T Corcoran, S Hurley; C Pearson, C Loftus, C Howley; C O'Reilly, D Kirby, S Dempsey. Subs: L Hughes for Dempsey (BC 22), K O'Gara for Corcoran (42), L Hughes for Kirby (42), B Brennan for O'Reilly (57), D McAllister for Dempsey (57), C Madden for Loftus (59).

Ref - A Nolan (Wicklow)

NUIG's Ruairi Greene gets a shot away. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
NUIG's Ruairi Greene gets a shot away. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Danny Kirby and Kevin McDonnell clash for possession. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Danny Kirby and Kevin McDonnell clash for possession. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
NUIG's Enda Tierney bursts through a tackle from Cormac Howley, centre and Danny Kirby, right. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
NUIG's Enda Tierney bursts through a tackle from Cormac Howley, centre and Danny Kirby, right. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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