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Extra-time drama sees 14-man UL pip Maynooth to Sigerson victory

The Limerick side were nine points down in the second half before staging a stunning revival.

Kerry's Michael Geaney scored 1-2 for UL.
Kerry's Michael Geaney scored 1-2 for UL.
Image: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

University of Limerick 3-19
Maynooth University 4-15

(After extra-time)

Declan Rooney reports from UL

JACK GOULDING KICKED the winner a minute from the end of extra time to hand 14-man UL an unlikely victory after a pulsating clash in Limerick this afternoon.

Goals from Ryan O’Rourke and Joey Wallace had Maynooth in control at the interval, while Wallace’s second goal four minutes into the second half helped the Kildare students into a nine-point lead.

But Gearoid Hegarty’s excellent goal revived UL in the 39th minute, and despite Daniel Flynn hitting Maynooth’s fourth goal soon after and a missed penalty from UL’s Niall McDermott, they forced extra time thanks to Michael Geaney’s added-time penalty and three points from Fergal Boland.

Restarting tied at 4-10 to 2-16, Maynooth University looked certain winners when they bagged the first four points of extra-time, but Shane Ryan palmed to the net a minute before the end of the first period to close that lead to a point.

And facing the wind for the final ten minutes, UL were reduced to 14 men when Ian Burke was shown a straight red card for a late tackle on Aiden Brennan.

But UL held their visitors scoreless in that period, while points from Ryan, McDermott and the winner from Goulding sealed a slot in tound two for the Limerick side.

Scorers for UL: Niall McDermott 0-7 (0-4f, 0-1pen), Shane Ryan and Michael Geaney 1-2 each, Fergal Boland 0-3, Denis Daly, Ian Burke (0-1f), James Naughton (0-1f), Brendan O’Keeffe (0-1sl) and Jack Goulding 0-1 each.

Scorers for Maynooth: Joey Wallace 2-2, Daniel Flynn 1-1, Ryan O’Rourke 1-0, Henry Walsh (0-3f) and Paul Cribben 0-3 each, Caoimhin O’Reilly 0-2 (0-1f), Tom Hanifan, Padraig Fogarty (0-1f), Ciaran Sheridan and Barry Dardis 0-1 each.

UL

1. Barry Redmond (Castlebar Mitchels, Mayo)

2. Cathal Long (An Ghaeltacht, Kerry)
3. John Mullins (Eire Og, Cork)
4. Shane Courtney (Glenfesk, Kerry)

5. Paul White (Rathkeale, Limerick)
6. Daire Quinn (Four Masters, Donegal)
7. Fergal Boland (Aghamore, Mayo)

8. Gearoid Hegarty (St Patrick’s, Limerick)
9. Cian Sheehan (Newcastlewest, Limerick)

10. Cian O’Dea (Kilfenora, Clare)
11. Denis Daly (St Mary’s Caheersiveen, Kerry)
12. Michael Geaney (Dingle, Kerry)

24. James Naughton (St Senan’s, Limerick)
14. Shane Ryan (Rathmore, Kerry)
13. Niall McDermott (Ballinagh, Cavan)

Subs

17. Darren Brosnan (Gneeveguilla, Kerry), for Courtney (HT)
21. Pearse Lillis (Cooraclare, Clare) for White (HT)
15. Ian Burke (Corofin, Galway) for Daly (36)
25. Brendan O’Keeffe (Rathmore, Kerry) for O’Dea (42, BC)
26. Jack Goulding (Ballyduff, Kerry) for Naughton (55)

Maynooth University

1. Eoin McDonagh (Sligo)

2. Aiden Brennan (Laois)
3. Mark Hyland (Kildare)
4. James Mooney (Meath)

5. Emmet Moloney (Tipeprary)
6. Ton Hanifan (Dublin)
7. Sean McDonagh (Donegal)

8. Paul Cribben (Kildare)
9. Ciaran Gillespie (Meath)

14. Daniel Flynn (Kildare)
11. Padraig Fogarty (Kildare)
23. Barry Dardis (Meath)

13. Ryan O’Rourke (Leitrim)
15. Joey Wallace (Meath)
12. Henry Walsh (Roscommon)

Subs

18. Cormac Cannon (Donegal) for Gillespie (17)
10. Daniel Mimnagh (Longford) for Cannon (HT)
27. Caoimhin O’Reilly (Cavan) for Fogarty (38)
26. Colm Murphy (Laois) for Mimnagh (45)
22. Ciaran Sheridan (Louth) for Dardis (60, BC)
28. Kevin O’Callaghan (Kildare) for Flynn (60+2)
11. Padraig Fogarty for Walsh (78)

Referee: Derek O’Mahoney (Tipperary)

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