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Paul Mannion points the way as UCD wallop 13-man University of Ulster

Dubs star Mannion scores 0-7 as Sigerson holders book their place in the semis.

Eoin McHugh with Paul Mannion Mannion, centre, scored 0-7 for UCD. Source: Presseye/Matt Mackey/INPHO

UU 0-9

UCD 1-18

SIGERSON CUP HOLDERS UCD advanced to next weekend’s semi-finals after a second-half demolition of 13-man University of Ulster at Jordanstown.

The Dublin outfit, with Paul Mannion top scoring with 0-7, hit 1-8 without reply in the second half after leading by just a point at the interval.

Monaghan’s Conor McCarthy scored the only goal in the 56th minute, but the game was already over with UCD making hay against the wind in the second period.

UU had the wind in the second half but made poor use of it, only scoring two points in total after the break. They lost their discipline too, with Gareth McKinless (two yellows) and Ronan McNamee (straight red) sent off.

UCD finished with 14 men, losing Dublin forward Colm Basquel to a straight red card after his tussle with McKinless midway through the second half.

He’ll now miss next week’s semi-final against either UL or DIT, who play tomorrow.

Ryan McAnspie with Jack McCaffrey Ryan McAnspie fends off Jack McCaffrey. Source: Presseye/Matt Mackey/INPHO

The first half was high quality with Paddy McBrearty sharp up front for UU hitting 0-4, including two from play, and Eoin McHugh and Ryan McAnespie also scoring fine points into the wind.

The sides were level five times in the opening half with Mannion putting man marker McKinless under extreme pressure.

UU just never showed up for the second half and UCD grew stronger and more purposeful, Conor McCarthy showing good composure to tuck the ball away after being put clean through the middle of the home defence.

Scorers for UU – P McBrearty 0-5 (3f), E Rafferty, R Brennan, R McAnespie, E McHugh 0-1 each.

Scorers for UCD – P Mannion 0-7 (6f), C McCarthy 1-2, A McDonnell 0-4, E Wallace 0-2, C Mullally, J Barry 0-1 each, B McGinn 0-1 (f).

UU: S Fox (Tyrone); R Brennan (Tyrone), R McNamee (Tyrone), M McEvoy (Derry); R McHugh (Donegal), G McKinless (Derry), S Sheridan (Armagh); N McKeever (Antrim), F Burns (Tyrone); T O’Brien (Derry), E Rafferty (Armagh), E McHugh (Donegal); P McBrearty (Donegal), R McAnespie (Monaghan), M Bradley (Tyrone)

Subs: E Donnelly (Fermanagh) for Rafferty (43), T Clarke (Fermanagh) for E McHugh (54)

UCD: C Honan (Meath); E Murchin (Dublin), M Fitzsimons (Dublin), N McInerney (Roscommon); C Mullaly (Dublin), S Coen (Mayo), J McCaffrey (Dublin); B O’Sullivan (Kerry); J Barry (Kerry); A McDonnell (Louth), C McCarthy (Monaghan), E Wallace (Meath); P Mannion (Dublin), C Basquel (Dublin), L Moran (Longford)

Subs: J Rossiter (Wexford) for McInerney (HT), B McGinn (Monaghan) for Moran (HT), T Hayes (Cavan) for McDonnell (56), S O’Dea (Limerick) for Wallace (55), E Lowry (Laois) for McCarthy (58)

REFEREE: Padraig Hughes (Armagh)

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