Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup round-up
Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup
UCD 2-15 NUI MAYNOOTH 1-6
DUNDALK IT 1-18 TRINITY COLLEGE 0-10
GARDA 7-10 AIT 0-11
Kerry's Jack Barry was amongst the goals for 2016 champions UCD as they began their Sigerson Cup campaign with a 2-15 to 1-6 victory over NUI Maynooth.
Eoin Lowry scored 1-7 and he hit the net first in the opening half as the visitors held a 1-8 to 0-1 lead at half-time. Midfielder Barry added the second goal to put the game beyond doubt in the second-half at Maynooth.
NUI Maynooth had Tom Hannifan and Jason Gibbons both black carded on the resumption while Keith Beirne scored their consolatory goal from the penalty spot.
There was a strong cross-field breeze in the first-half, and after they were beaten in last year’s final against St Mary’s, UCD started fast and ran up a 1-5 to 0-0 lead after 16 minutes.
Laois corner forward Lowry scored the crucial goal when he raced in from the left and finished low past Maynooth goalkeeper Niall Carrie.
Maynooth captain Ryan O’Rourke finally scored his side’s first point in the 17th minute, but they didn’t register another score in the first-half. Instead they notched ten wides, and Barry scored his goal when he lobbed Carrie three minutes after half-time.
Beirne scored from a penalty in the 53rd minute, but there was no comeback and UCD eased to victory without Dublin All-Ireland winner Con O’Callaghan.
David McGivney scored the goal for Dundalk IT on their return to the competition as they saw off Trinity College 1-18 to 0-10 at Santry.
Oisin McConville’s side held a narrow 0-4 to 0-3 lead after ten minutes, but the wind at their backs they soon took control and held a 0-6 to 0-3 advantage before the Longford forward found the net with a fisted effort.
The Louth outfit were in control at half-time and held a 1-13 to 0-4 lead and with Eoin O’Neill sent-off in the second-half there was no way back for Trinity College.
Clare forward Eoin Cleary scored a penalty while Ciaran Russell found the net twice and Declan Meehan also scored a goal for Garda College as they hammered AIT 7-10 to 0-11 in Athlone.