Letterkenny IT stun UCD with late point to book Sigerson Cup quarter-final place
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Alan Foley reports from Convoy, Donegal
LETTERKENNY INSTITUTE OF Technology produced a massive surprise to see off University of College Dublin to seal a last eighth berth in the Sigerson Cup.
In only their second year in the senior bracket – they were semi-finalists when the competition was last played in 2020 – the side managed by Maxi Curran came through what might only be termed as a struggle at the Donegal Training Centre in Convoy.
The biggest margin between the sides over the course of the hour was when the all-Donegal side led 0-3 to 0-1 at the start of the second half, with Joel Bradley-Walsh scoring the second of his four points on the night.
UCD led only in the first half through a 45 from Aaron McClements and didn’t manage to score from play till Brian McLoughlin popped over in the 47th minute.
Both sides were creating a decent number of chances, with finishing poot from both. Conor O’Donnell of LyIT and UCD’s Daire Cregg and Eoin Harkin did provide an exception to that.
Last week, Bradley-Walsh hit a hat-trick as LyIT were beaten in a against University of Limerick, 2-23 to 3-15 at the Connacht AirDome. Tonight, with the score 0-6 to 0-6, he kept his nerve to hit the winner with a marked ball in injury time. McLoughlin had the chance to level it in the fifth minute of injury-time but his shot fell to the right and wide.
Tonight’s other Round 3 game saw Queens University defeat IT Carlow by 0-17 to 0-16 in the Sigerson Cup. Queens University and Letterkenny IT join UL, NUI Galway, DCU and MTU Kerry, who have already qualified for the quarter-finals.
Tomorrow’s Round 2B games see Ulster University play MTU Cork and Maynooth University face St Mary’s College Belfast.
@ElectricIreland @HigherEdGAA Sigerson Cup final score
@itcarlow 0.16@QueensGAA 0.17#FirstClassRivals #sigersoncup
— IT Carlow GAA (@ITCarlowGAA) January 25, 2022
Scorers for Letterkenny IT: Joel Bradley-Walsh 0-4 (0-2f, 0-1 mark), Conor O’Donnell 0-2, Jason McGee 0-1 (0-1f),
Scorers for UCD: Brian McLoughlin 0-2, Daire Cregg 0-2 (0-2f), Aaron McClements 0-1 (0-1 ’45), Eoin Harkin 0-1.
(All Donegal unless stated)
Emmett Maguire (Termon)
Dylan Dorrian (Milford), Caolan Ward (St Eunan’s), Kieran Tobin (St Eunan’s)
Conor O’Donnell (Carndonagh), Oisin Langan (St Michael’s), Jack Gallagher (Glenswilly)
Rory O’Donnell (Milford), Ryan McFadden (Termon)
Peadar Mogan (St Naul’s), Jason McGee (Cloughaneely), Kealan Dunleavy (Glenswilly)
Jack McSharry (Killybegs), Joel Bradley-Walsh (MacCumhaill’s), Eoin Dowling (St Eunan’s)
Aaron Gilhooley (MacCumhaill’s) for Gallagher (28)
Sean Neary (Bonniconlon, Mayo) for McSharry (47)
Keelan McGroddy (Downings) for Dorrian (53)
Evan Comerford (Ballymun Kickhams)
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Ryan O’Toole (Scotstown, Monaghan), Eoin Harkin (Dunsany, Meath), Paddy O’Keane (St Patrick’s, Wicklow)
Kieran Kennedy (Ballyboden St Enda’s), Martin O’ Connor (HWH Bunclody, Wexford), Darragh Ryan (Sarsfields, Kildare)
Ethan Devine (Na Fianna, Meath), Aaron McClements (Loughinisland, Down)
Jeaic Mac Ceallabhuí (Naomh Conaill, Donegal), Darragh Kennedy (Killygarry, Cavan), Ruairí McCormick (Warrenpoint, Down)
Daire Cregg (Boyle, Roscommon), Ray Connellan (Athlone, Westmeath), Brian McLoughlin (Clane, Kildare)
Cathal Mangan (Kilclonfert, Offaly) for McCormick (half-time)
Adam Loughran (Aghagallon, Antrim) for Mac Ceallabhuí (47)
Ciaran O’Reilly (Ballyboden St Enda’s) for Kennedy (47)
Matthew Corcoran (Geraldines, Louth) for Devine (57)
Referee: Pat Clarke (Cavan).