Sigerson Cup: Dazzling first half sends UCD to first final in 13 years

Early injury to Jack McCaffrey only setback in win over UL

UL’s Denis Daly contests the ball with  UCD’s Jack Barry during the Sigerson Cup semi-final at  Jordanstown. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Inpho/Presseye

UL’s Denis Daly contests the ball with UCD’s Jack Barry during the Sigerson Cup semi-final at Jordanstown. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Inpho/Presseye

 

UCD 4-12 UL 1-9

UCD breezed through to their first Sigerson Cup final in 13 years after blitzing UL with four goals in the first semi-finals in Belfast on Friday.

Kildare’s Niall Kelly hit the net twice, with a star-studded UCD opening up with 2-5 without reply before losing Jack McCaffrey in the 15th minute.

The 2015 Player of the Year walked off with an ice-pack strapped to his right leg, which might have had alarm bells ringing in the capital, but it looked like a precautionary measure.

The game was already over as a contest, with the management team of John Divilly, Brian Mullins and Seán Boylan well aware of a much tougher test to come against DCU in Saturday’s final.

UCD ripped through disappointing UL, Tipperary’s Liam Casey scoring a second minute goal before Laois’ Eoin Lowry ran through a porous Limerick defence to drill a rocket across the goalkeeper after 13 minutes.

Paul Mannion hit two points from play, before being rested early in the second half and Westmeath star John Heslin nailed four frees in the first half for UCD.

Aidan Rowan got UL on the board with an 18th-minute point but it was temporary respite.

Kelly drilled home the first of his two goals in the 20th minute, after an unselfish pass from Heslin, to help UCD lead by 3-9 to 0-2 at the break.

Kerry’s Brian Ó Sé hit 0-4 for UL, three in the second period, from play and placed balls.

They had the wind after the break, and with UCD running their bench and no intensity in the game, they were at least able to make a better fist of things after the break.

They chipped over a few points through Rory Deane and Kevin Moore before Niall Kelly grabbed his second goal, after intercepting a poor pass to the UL goalkeeper, in the 48th minute.

Galway’s Ian Burke scored UL’s only goal in the 54th minute with a low left-footed finish and then missed an injury-time penalty.

UCD: E Keogh (Laois); R Wylie (Monaghan), D Hyland (Kildare), M Fitzsimons (Dublin); S O’Dea (Limerick), D Byrne (Dublin), J McCaffrey (Dublin); J Barry (Kerry), L Casey (Tipperary, 1-1); N Kelly (Kildare, 2-0), J McEntee (Meath), C McCarthy (Monaghan, 0-1); J Heslin (Westmeath, 0-5, four frees); E Lowry (Laois, 1-1, one free), P Mannion (Dublin, 0-3, one free)

Subs: N McInerney (Roscommon) for McCaffrey (15 mins), S Coen (Mayo) for Hyland (HT), P Kingston (Laois) for McCarthy (HT), R Carr (Louth) for Mannion (40 mins), T Moolick (Kildare, 0-1) for Kelly (51 mins).

UL: C O’Driscoll (Cork); E Kelly (Kerry), C Long (Kerry), P O’Connor (Kerry); A Rowan (Longford, 0-1), D Daly (Kerry, 0-2), F Boland (Mayo); G Hegarty (Limerick), R Deane (Cork, 0-1); D Neville (Limerick), S Killoran (Roscommon), C Sheehan (Limerick); I Burke (Galway, 1-0), K Moore (Limerick, 0-1, free), B Ó Sé (Kerry, 0-4, one free, one ‘45’)

Subs: D Larkin (Wexford) for Hegarty (20 mins), P White (Limerick) for F Boland (22 mins), L Boland (Tipperary) for Larkin (BC, 26 mins), S Naughton (Limerick) for Moore (44 mins), C O’Dea (Limerick) for Killoran (45 mins), N Donovan (Tipperary) for Daly (51 mns).

Referee: Ciaran Branagan (Down).

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.