Saturday 23 February 2019

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)

The game was decided by a free-taking competition. Stock photo: Sportsfile
The game was decided by a free-taking competition. Stock photo: Sportsfile
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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.

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