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Dubs star as Sigerson holders UCD book showdown with favourites Ulster University

St Mary’s (Belfast) and Dublin IT are also into the quarter-finals.

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Updated at 21:17

REIGNING SIGERSON CUP champions UCD are into the quarter-finals after making easy work of IT Sligo at Belfield today.

The 5-16 to 2-6 win means the Dublin college advance to play tournament favourites Ulster University next week.

John Divilly’s side led IT Sligo by 1-9 to 1-5 at the interval, with Larry Moran and Eoghan Ban Gallagher finding the net for their respective sides.

After the interval, UCD opened up and cruised to victory with goals from Paul Mannion, Conor McCarthy, Moran and Tom Hayes, while Dean McGovern bagged a three-pointer in response for Sligo.

UCD boasted a strong side with Stephen Coen, Jack McCaffrey, Colm Basquel, Eamonn Wallace, Mannion, Eoin Lowry starting, while Niall McInerney, Jimmy Feehan, Liam Casey and Andy McDonnell were among the substitutes.

St Mary’s are also into the last eight, after the Belfast college secured a 1-9 to 1-7 win over NUIG in Glenavy.

Matthew Fitzpatrick hit the net early for St Mary’s but NUIG, who were under the stewardship of ex-Mayo footballer Maurice Sheridan, went into half-time with a 1-6 to 1-3 lead thanks to Owen Gallagher’s goal.

St Mary’s rallied in the second-half and the teaching college held NUIG to a single score after the turnaround, posting 0-6 themselves to seal the win.

Finally, Dublin IT secured a 1-13 to 0-11 win over Athlone IT in today’s late game.

DIT exploded into a 1-3 to no score lead after seven minutes with Galway’s Martin Farragher on target with the goal.

DIT played with 14 men from the 18th minute, when Ian Fahey was black carded, having picked up a yellow earlier in the half.

Cein McMonagle and Mark Rohan kicked 0-8 between them as AIT kept in touch, but a seven point haul from Cavan’s Conor Madden and late scores from Ciaran Thompson and Thomas Corcoran sealed DIT’s win.

Watch the highlights of St Mary’s-NUIG below

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