The Sigerson Cup got underway today and holders UCC were forced to dig deep by NUI Galway.
The champions commenced the defence of their title with a hard-earned 2-12 to 1-14 success over their hosts in Dangan.
Rory Cunningham and James McEntee bagged the goals for Billy Morgan’s charges while the influential Robert Finnerty raised a green flag for the Maurice Sheridan managed NUIG.
Full-foward Finnerty finished with 1-9 to his name.
Hosts DCU survived a scare against Garda College before Paddy Christie’s men picked up the points courtesy of a 0-11 to 0-9 victory.
DCU's Dublin All-Ireland winner Paddy Small was shown a red card while Donegal netminder Shaun Patton was in fine free kicking form for the Garda College before he was issued with his marching orders late on.
Micheal Banningan's six-point contribution was a key ingredient in the Dublin college's winning formula.
Meanwhile, UCD rode their luck before seeing off the challenge of Ulster University in extra-time.
Luke Fortune came to the Belfield College’s rescue with an equalising point in normal time and they made the most of their second bite of the cherry to run out 0-13 to 0-11 winners.
The home outfit were forced to line out minus the services of All-Star forward Con O'Callaghan after he injured his shoulder in the warm-up.
Fortune favours UCD! See the last-ditch equaliser by Cavan's Luke Fortune that forced UU into extra-time, where the home side ran out winners.. @ElectricIreland Sigerson Cup.. pic.twitter.com/KL2TjG3tSr— GAA Higher Education (@HigherEdGAA) January 12, 2020
Sligo’s Sean Carrabine sent over three points as IT Sligo got the better of UL by 0-8 to 0-5 while St Mary’s, the Michael Murphy managed Letterkenny IT and IT Carlow also progressed.
Armagh ace Oisin O’Neill sent over five points in St Mary's impressive 11-point victory over Maynooth while Owen McCabe and Conn Kilpatrick netted the Belfast outfit's goals.
Sigerson Cup results:
NUIG 1-14 UCC 2-12
St. Mary's 2-14 Maynooth University 0-9
Letterkenny IT 1-18 Athlone IT 3-4
IT Sligo 0-8 UL 0-5
IT Tralee 1-13 IT Carlow 3-9
UCD 0-13 Ulster University 0-11 (aet)
DCU 0-11 Garda College 0-9
IT Carlow v UCC
IT Sligo v Letterkenny IT
St Mary’s College v UCD
Queens Unversity v DCU
UCC - E O’Brien; D O’Brien (0-1), L O’Donovan, C Gammell (0-1); J McEntee (1-1), M Flood, P Feehan; P Lucey, B Hartnett (0-1); J Naughton, S O’Shea (0-2f), R Cunningham (1-1); C O’Callaghan (0-1), K Spillane (0-1), M Cronin (0-3, 1f, 1m). Subs: D Casey for M Flood, G Murphy for R Cunningham, C Barrett for K Spillane.
NUI Galway - R Boland; K Carr, S Brennan, S Mulkerrin; K McDonnell, E O’Donoghue, A Claffey; C Darcy, M Ruane; P O’Donnell, F O’Laoi (0-3), N Mullen; J Maher, R Finnerty (1-9, 0-3f, 0-1m), D Conneely (0-1). Subs: K Molloy (0-1) for K Carr, P Costello for J Maher, G Burke for A Claffey, I O’Sullivan for K O’Donnell, C Bohan for S Brennan.
Referee - J Gilmartin.
DCU - E Comerford; C Morrison, B McCole, D Corcoran; K Flynn, S MacMahon, D Monaghan; J Morrissey, S Bugler; B Stack (0-1f), M Bannigan (0-6, 4f), M Barry (0-1); T E Donohoe (0-1), P Small, D Garland (0-1f). Subs: T Fox (0-1) for M Barry, C McKeown for D Corcoran, S Akram for D Monaghan.
Garda College - S Patton (0-3f); D Dunne, S Nerney, D Petit; T Brereton, D Masterson, J Bellamy; T Clarke, C McGinley; K Doherty, R Harkin, K O’Sullivan; P Mannion (0-3, 2f), P McKeon (0-3, 1f), C O’Brien. Subs: J Kane for C O’Brien, A Walsh for P McKeon, J Thackaberry for J Bellamy, M Breathnach for D Petit.
Referee - A Nolan.
UCD - G O’Rourke; C O’Shea, M Breen, M O’Connor; L Flatman, R O’Toole, K Kennedy; R Connellan (0-2), B O’Sullivan (0-2); L Fortune (0-1), S Coen, S Egan; C Hartley (0-1), B McGinn, G Walsh (0-5, 4f). Subs: E Harkin for S Egan, A Connor for L Flatman, F Clifford (0-2) for K Kennedy, R McCormack for C Hartley, C Moriarty for B McGinn, A Mohan for L Fortune, D Silke for C Moriarty.
Ulster University - O Lynch; E Murray, M McKernan (0-1), P McGrogan; R Jones (0-1), T O’Brien, D Gallagher (0-1); T Galligan (0-1), B Kennedy; C Quinn, J Harkin, C Devlin; L Brennan (0-3f), D Kerr (0-1), D Jones. Subs: D Mulgrew (0-2) for D Jones, M Gallagher (0-1) for M McKernan, R Gormley for B Kennedy, D McEnhill for J Harkin.
Referee - M McNally.
IT Sligo - P O’Malley (0-1f); J Haran, D Phillips, T McSkean; J Allen, K McGloin, S Murphy; K McBrearty, L Molloy; L Jones, A McClean (0-1), S Carrabine (0-3, 2f); T Govorov (0-1), N McGovern (0-2), C Murray. Subs: R Harkin for J Allen, J Clarke for T McSkean, S McGrath for T Govorov.
UL - S Ryan; M Reidy, J Dawson, T Hoare; B O Beaglaoich, G White, P Maxwell; J O’Connor (0-1), H Bourke; F McDonagh (0-2, 1f), J Kennedy, E Lawless; K Sexton (0-2f), F Flanagan, G Sheehan. Sub: P Maher for T Hoare.
Referee - K Eannetta.
St Mary's - R Burns; L Rafferty, C McKinney, J Diamond; C McAllister, R McCusker, T Carney (0-3, 1f); L Devlin, O O’Neill (0-5, 2f); J McCartan, R Coleman, C Kilpatrick (1-0); R McSherry, O McCabe (1-2), R Rafferty (0-2). Subs: R Kelly for J McCartan, C McConville (0-1) for R Rafferty, P Quigg (0-1) for L Devlin, C Quinn for T Carney, G Burns for R Coleman.
Maynooth - J Nugent; N O’Sullivan, J Kelly, D Newcombe; D Courtney, J Gibbons, M Hyland (0-1); D Warnock (0-2), D Dixon; D Malone, N O’Baoill, A Kealy; J Hyland (0-1f), P Fogarty (0-1f), J Robinson (0-4, 1f). Subs: R O Giollain for A Kealy, B McLoughlin for P Fogarty, K O’Callaghan for D Dixon, B Doyle for D Malone, C O’Sullivan for N O’Baoill.
Referee - F Kelly.
Letterkenny IT - M Lynch; A Gillooly; Mark McAteer, N McIlwaine; L Jackson, O Langan, C Bonner (0-3); M Langan (0-5, 4f), C Marley (0-1); R McFadden, P Mogan (1-6, 0-1f), P Dolan (0-2, 1f); D Black, J Campbell, E McGettigan (0-1). Subs: U Doherty for J Campbell, Mark McAteer (Fanad) for D Black, M Duffy for C Bonner, E Harkin for R McFadden, L Kelly for L Jackson.
Athlone IT - C Haslam; B Sayeh, A Cregg, P Nestor; E O’Connor, D McCabe, N Harte (0-1); A Delaney, K Higgins; P McManus, G Horan (0-1), C Mannion (1-0); E Lyons, D McMahon (1-1), G Russo (1-1, 1-0pen, 0-1f). Subs: R Donoghue for E Lyons, S Flynn for P McManus, L McKeown for A Cregg, C McDonagh for G Russo.
Referee - B Cawley.
IT Carlow - K Roche; T Collins, R Hitchcock, C Walsh; C Doyle (1-0), R Ryan, J Moore; S Ryan, A Steed (1-0); E Lowry (0-1), C Byrne, C Farrell (1-6, 1-0pen, 0-4f); N Hughes (0-1), P O’Toole, J Walsh. Subs: P O’Connor (0-1) for C Walsh, T Griffin for S Ryan, P Farrelly for J Walsh, S Crowley for C Doyle.
IT Tralee - J Duggan; M Fitzgerald, M Gavin, J Morgan; C Byrne, S Kelliher, J Myers; M O’Shea, P Clarke; S O’Connell, C Keane, J Savage; T Brosnan (0-3), D Clifford (0-7, 3f), BJ Keane (1-3, 0-1f). Subs: J O’Sullivan for J Savage, I Courtney for P Clarke.
Referee - D Murnane.Tweet