Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup round-up
Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup Round 3
University College Dublin 3-14 Dublin Institute of Technology 0-6
St Mary’s College 1-15 IT Tralee 1-10
NUI Galway 0-11 Garda College 0-9
IT Carlow 0-12 University of Limerick 0-9
Champions UCD are safely into the Sigerson Cup quarter-finals, where they will face cross-city rivals DCU, following this 3-14 to 0-6 win over DIT at Dave Billings Park.
A goal from Laois’ Evan O’Carroll midway through the first half gave UCD a 1-4 to 0-2 lead, with Tom Keane and Oisin Lynch on target for DIT, but when UCD added three late points before the break from Conor McCarthy, Barry McGinn and Con O’Callaghan, DIT faced a seven-point interval deficit.
O’Callaghan added a super point just after the break before Stephen Coen added his first, while two more Silke points and late goals from O’Callaghan and Luke Fortune signed off the victory.
Elsewhere, 2017 winners St Mary’s College will face Maynooth University in next Wednesday’s quarter-final after they edged past IT Tralee in Belfast earlier today, thanks largely to a ten-point haul from Shane McGuigan.
Played at McDonnell/Doherty Park, the home of Naomh Treasa, IT Tralee made the most of the wind advantage when Conor Keane hit the net after eight minutes, which put his side 1-1 to 0-1 ahead.
Jack Savage, who would kick eight frees for his side, stretched Tralee’s lead with a point three minutes later, but the home side had a strong two-minute spell where Niall Toner goaled after 12 minutes and Aaron Duffy landed the levelling point for his side.
St Mary’s made the most of Tralee’s inaccuracies when McGuigan pointed twice, but three in a row from Savage pulled IT Tralee level, while one more before the break from Dara Moynihan gave IT Tralee a 1-6 to 1-5 half-time advantage.
Savage hit the mark straight after the break to stretch IT Tralee’s lead, but Jarlath Óg Burns pointed for his side and McGuigan followed suit to make it 1-7 each with 20 minutes to go.
Substitute Daniel McKinless and McGuigan both pointed, although Savage hit back straight away with a double for the Munster men.
A McGuigan free with 11 minutes to go gave St Mary’s a one-point lead, and after Moynihan was sent off for IT Tralee, Savage boosted their hopes with the equaliser with five minutes to go, only for McKinless to bag his second and McGuigan landed four in a row to wrap up victory.
Meanwhile, NUI Galway set up a quarter-final with University of Ulster after they rounded off a 0-11 to 0-9 win over Garda College in Templemore.
Peter Cooke top scored for NUIG with five points from frees, while wing back Patrick O’Donnell landed three points for the Tribesmen.
NUI Galway were 0-4 to 0-2 in arrears after 19 minutes, but the Galway students – led by Cooke – landed the last five points scored by the interval to lead 0-7 to 0-4 at the midway point. That was he key period of the game as the teams slugged it out after the restart, but Nathan Mullen and Jack Robinson were on target too for the Galway outfit.
Cooke and his midfield partner Cein Darcy were instrumental around the middle for NUIG, where they faced off against their inter-county teammate Ciaran Duggan, but after O’Donnell was black carded late on NUIG held on to win.
And UCC will be the quarter-final opponents for IT Carlow next Wednesday after Pat Critchley’s outfit picked up a 0-12 to 0-9 win against UL at IT Carlow’s Campus tonight.
Declan Brouder’s side kicked early scores from Keelan Sexton and James Lyons before Fionn McDonagh – who debuted for Mayo seniors at the weekend – made it 0-3 to 0-1 midway though the half.
But UL’s next score didn’t arrive until just before half time when Lyons added his second, but IT Carlow had bagged four points in a row before that and they were 0-5 to 0-4 up at the interval.
Joseph O’Connor and McDonagh pointed to give UL the lead four minutes after the break, but Michael Hurley (2) and Diarmuid Whelan soon found the posts to reclaim the advantage for IT Carlow.
IT seemed as if UL would kick on to the win when Darragh Bohannon and Eoin Lawless (2) kicked points, but IT Carlow recovered well and landed the last four points of the game to reach the last eight.
Sigerson Cup quarter-finals
Maynooth University v St Marys
UU v NUIG
UCC v IT Carlow
DCU v UCD