NUIG manager Maurice Sheridan praised the sportsmanship of Ulster University after they agreed to concede their match due to a serious injury late on.
Ulster University trailed by two points with 58 minutes gone in their Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup encounter with NUIG, when Galway’s Sean Mulkerrin went down with what appeared to be a serious knee injury.
The NUIG player was unable to leave the pitch, and as an ambulance took over half and hour to arrive, the decision was made to end the match two minutes early and award the Galway side the win, as they led 1-10 to 2-05.
Sheridan was speaking after the match and thanked Ulster University for agreeing to conceded the match.
NUIG boss Maurice Sheridan thanks Ulster University.
“It probably was [the right decision] to be honest because there’s a lot of frost on the pitch now, as you can see yourself, and the lads have been hanging around there for about half an hour,” Sheridan said.
“Look, it’s a very unfortunate injury for Sean Mulkerrin. He’s been a great player for the club, a great ambassador for the club and the university in Galway and he was supposed to be our captain this year as well but injury prevented him from taking part earlier in the year.
“He played for us in the Sigerson final in 2018 so our thoughts our with Sean really at this stage, it’s not about the game.
“It’s nice to be through to the next round but I’d just like to say with [Ulster University] Jordanstown as well that the sportsmanship they showed there was absolutely fantastic and that’s what the competition is all about.”
‘Our thoughts are with Sean, it’s not about the game’ – NUIG manager Maurice Sheridan after tonight’s Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup game with Ulster University was abandoned.
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Both sides are still in contention for the Sigerson Cup.
NUIG will take on Queens University Belfast in another tough encounter next Tuesday, but will take plenty of confidence from their strong second half showing against Ulster University.
Ulster University will have a bye next week, but will be in action again the following week, as they look to book their place in the Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup quarter-finals.