UCD 2-16 – 1-09 DCU
There was a real heavyweight clash this evening at Belfield as Dublin rivals, UCD and DCU fought tooth and nail for a place in this year’s Electric Ireland HEC Sigerson Cup semi-final.
On the night, a star-studded UCD side had too much for their northside rivals, coming out on top by 10 points.
The Belfield boys started the stronger of the two sides and it the game continued in a similar fashion throughout. It took all of five minutes for them to record their first goal as Laois full-forward, Evan O’Carroll, converted a penalty won by Dublin hotshot, Con O’Callaghan.
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It looked like UCD may run away with this game early on as they led by five points, however, two points from David Garland followed by an absolutely stunning goal from the Monaghan attacker meant DCU came roaring back into the game as the clocked ticked towards half-time.
UCD held a slender lead and looked to push it even further, however, Dublin goalkeeper Evan Comerford brilliantly denied his inter-county teammate O’Callaghan from close range to leave the sides separated by two points at the break.
DCU’s worries were compounded after 40 minutes when O’Callaghan’s majestic work set-up an easy goal for Cian O’Connor to put UCD seven clear and semi-final bound.
From there on in, the Belfield boys were able to hammer it home with midfielder Darren Gavin proving influential for the home side throughout. Gavin made his maiden league appearance for Dublin this past weekend and is clearly one to watch out for in the future.
After the game, man of the match, Evan O’Carroll spoke to Oisin Langan about his side’s performances, admitting that they struggled with the intensity at the start of the game.
“Our intensity wasn’t great at the start of the first half we couldn’t get into our top gear. DCU put a lot of pressure on us around third, but we said to ourselves at half time that we need to up it and keep pushing on and lucky we got the goal in the second half to kill them off near the end.”
UCD are joined in the semi-finals by St. Mary’s Belfast, UCC and NUIG but the Dublin side will be overwhelming favourites following an impressive campaign thus far.