St Mary's cause Sigerson shock by beating NUI Galway after a free-taking competition
St Mary’s College1-11 NUI Galway1-11 (St Mary’s win on free-kicks)
Liam Rafferty kicked the winner in a free-taking competition as St Mary’s stunned NUI Galway to reach the Sigerson Cup third round.
Nathan Mullen’s first-half goal seemed to have settled NUI Galway after Aaron Boyle had converted a penalty for Mary’s, but after late points from Rafferty and Daniel McKinless, Rafferty and Niall Toner kicked the winning frees.
This was a tempestuous encounter and NUI Galway’s Patrick O’Donnell and St Mary’s Ryan McSherry were sent off as full-time approached.
NUI Galway were 1-4 to 1-2 ahead at half-time and when Kevin McDonnell added two more, NUIG led by two with seven minutes left, but Mary’s forced extra-time. Stephen McConville levelled it and Mary’s showed their nerve to win on frees.
Scorers – St Mary’s College: L Rafferty 0-3, S McConville 0-3 (3f), A Boyle 1-0 (1-0pen), S McGuigan 0-2 (1f), M Rooney, J Óg Burns, D McKinless 0-1 each. NUI Galway: R Finnerty 0-3 (3f), N Mullen 1-0, K McDonnell 0-2, J Robinson 0-2 (1f), E Tierney 0-2 (1f), M Daly (1f) and K Molloy 0-1 each.