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Sigerson Cup Round-Up: Semi-Final Lineup Confirmed

The line-up for the Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup semi-finals has been finalised with UCD, St Mary’s, NUIG and UCC advancing after impressive quarter-final performances.

Read our round-up of all the quarter-final action below.

St Mary’s 0-15 Maynooth 0-13

2017 Sigerson Cup champions, St Mary’s, have advanced to the semi-finals following a two-point win over Maynooth in Dundalk.

The Kildare side were leading at the end of a very tight first-half, helped in large by placed balls from Padraig Fogarty. However, Jarlath Óg Burns scored the point of the half for the Belfast side.

St Mary’s took control of the game early in the second-half, through points from Slaughtneil’s Shane McGuigan, Ryan Coleman, and Stephen McConville. Maynooth, however, fought back and eventually leveled the game again through Stephen O’Hanlon.

Both sides were reduced to 14-men late in the game but not before St Mary’s narrowly took control again and managed to retain their lead until the final whistle.


UCC 4-21 IT Carlow 0-5

UCC powered into the Sigerson Cup semi-final with a 28-point win over IT Carlow in the Mardyke. The Cork side made no secret of their goal-scoring threat after they put seven past Athlone IT in the opening round and it was no different yesterday.

UCC dominated the opening half, leading by 2-14 to 0-2 at the break, thanks to goals from Paudie Clifford. The visitors did have their own goal opportunity in the opening proceedings but Noel Gately sent his effort wide.

Sean O'Shea Kerry

Matters did not improve for the Carlow side in the second half as Conor Geaney and Eimhin Courtney both netted while Kerry’s Seán O’Shea finished on seven points.


UCD 2-16 DCU 1-9

A star-studded UCD side came out on top in the Dublin derby last night as they continue their hunt for a third Sigerson title in a row.

It took five minutes for the champions to score their first goal, courtesy of Evan O’Carroll from the penalty spot. However, just as UCD looked to be pulling away, DCU came roaring back into the game as David Garland notched up 1-2. Further scores from O’Carroll left two between the sides at the end of the first-half.

Con O’Callaghan, who won UCD’s penalty, turned provider for Cian O’Connor who scored his side’s second soon after the break. From that point, there was no way back for DCU as O’Carroll and Darren Gavin sealed the win for UCD.


NUIG 1-8 UUJ 1-7

There was late drama in Abbotstown last night as Peter Cooke proved to be NUIG’s savour with a fisted point with minutes remaining proving the difference between the sides. Ulster University did have a chance to level the game with a last minute free but it sailed wide.

There was only one point between the sides at half-time after Daire Gallagher canceled out an earlier NUIG goal from Kieran Molloy.

The sides were level on three occasions throughout the second half put the late points from Stephen Brennan and Cooke sealed the win for the Galway side.

The result means that Molloy, together with clubmate, Liam Silke, find themselves in a tough situation for the second year in a row as the Sigerson semi-finals in Mallow fall on the same day as the All Ireland club semi-finals with the Corofin men set to face Gweedore in Carrick-on-Shannon.


Sigerson Cup semi-final fixtures:

(Both games will take place on Saturday, February 16 in Mallow)

UCC v NUI Galway

St Mary’s College v UCD

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