DCU and Limerick University prevail in Sigerson Cup openers
NUI Galway begin their Fitzgibbon Cup campaign with comfortable victory over St Pat’s
Queen’s University’s Shea Heffron in action against Hugh McFadden of DCU during DCU’s 3-10 to 0-3 win in Belfast. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Press Eye/Inpho
DCU had much of the hard work done by half-time, leading 0-6 to 0-2 after playing against the breeze.
And while Burns’s 39th-minute goal was a controversial award, with Queen’s arguing the ball hadn’t crossed the line, it stood and DCU never looked back from there as Murphy and Smith also struck.
It was a remarkable turnaround as goals from Ryan O’Rourke and Joey Wallace had Maynooth in a good position at half-time during the regulation hour, before a second Wallace goal opened up a nine-point gap.
Gearoid Hegarty netted for UL but Daniel Flynn’s goal for Maynooth, their fourth, had them back in the driving seat.
Maynooth responded with the opening four points in extra-time but Shane Ryan’s goal kept UL in the hunt.
And they held their nerve down the home stretch to emerge from a classic tie and advance.
NUIG’s hurlers also opened their Fitzgibbon Cup campaign with a win, scoring a 4-14 to 1-11 victory over St Pat’s.
NUIG were 0-8 to 0-11 behind at half-time but Clare’s Conor Cleary goaled to ignite their challenge.
Galway player Kevin McHugo also found the net and Tipperary’s Sam Conlon collected a double as NUIG wrapped up a comfortable win.