University of Ulster Jordanstown 0-14
St Mary’s 1-6
Orla Bannon reports from Belfast
DONEGAL STAR PADDY McBrearty kicked five points to steer Sigerson Cup hosts UUJ into the semi-finals of the competition today.
The home side led from start to finish against their Belfast rivals at Jordanstown, but had to survive a strong second half from St Mary’s with Down forward Jerome Johnston kicking 1-2 from play when brought on at half time.
A star-studded UUJ were 0-7 to 0-2 ahead at half time, but St Mary’s closed to within two points when Down All Star Kevin McKernan scored in the 46th minute.
Four Tyrone players Ronan McNamee, Conan Grugan, Frank Burns and Richie Donnelly all scored from play against against the wind in the second half to book UUJ’s place at next weekend’s semi-finals.
Jordanstown had a great start with Monaghan star Kieran Hughes putting them 0-4 to 0-0 ahead with the first point of the game from play in the seventh minute.
Tyrone forward Ronan O’Neill hit two first-half frees, but UUJ were well in control.
Burns scored at the start of the second half to stretch Jordanstown’s lead out to six points before Johnston hit 1-1 in a couple of minutes.
He scored St Mary’s first point from play in the 36th minute and then landed the game’s only goal in the 45th minute, running with the ball from deep and jinking inside to blast the ball high into the roof of the net.
Monaghan’s Ryan McAnespie scored straight from the kickout to steady the home side but McKernan’s point reduced their deficit to 0-9 to 1-4 after 46 minutes.Source: HE GAA/YouTube
Conan Grugan got the end of a well-worked move to score from close range for UUJ and McBrearty scored a superb point, his only one from play, catching a high ball and turning smartly onto his left to score from 40m into the wind.
Johnston scored again and with time running out, McKernan forced a great save from UUJ ‘keeper Sean Fox who dived low to his right to beat away his goal-bound effort in the last few minutes.
Scorers for UUJ: Patrick McBrearty 0-5 (0-4f), Richard Donnelly, Frank Burns 0-2 each, Ronan McNamee, Conan Grugan, Kieran Hughes, Ryan McAnespie, Ethan Rafferty 0-1 (0-1 ’45) 0-1 each
Scorers for St Mary’s: Jerome Johnston 1-2, Kevin McKernan, Ronan O’Neill (0-2f) 0-2 each.
Sean Fox (Killyclogher, Tyrone)
Ricky Johnston (Creggan, Antrim)
Ronan McNamee (Aghayaran, Tyrone)
Killian Clarke (Shercock, Cavan)
Ryan McHugh (Kilcar, Donegal)
Frank Burns (Pomeroy, Tyrone)
Stephen Sheridan (Forkhill, Armagh)
Niall McKeever (Portglenone, Antrim)
Michael Argue (Baileborough, Cavan)
Conan Grugan (Omagh, Tyrone)
Ethan Rafferty (Grange, Armagh)
Ryan McAnespie (Emyvale, Monaghan)
Patrick McBrearty (Kilcar, Donegal)
Kieran Hughes (Scotstown, Monaghan)
Evan Regan (Ballina, Mayo)
Richard Donnelly (Trillick, Tyrone) for Rafferty (15)
Martin Johnston (Creggan, Antrim) for McKeever (BC, 23)
Danny Savage (Bryansford, Down) for Argue (52)
Shane Heavron (Magherafelt, Derry) for Regan (55)
Gareth McKinless (Ballinderry, Derry) for Burns (BC, 59)
Rory Burns (Castlewellan, Down)
Aaron McKay (Dromintee, Armagh)
Danny McBride (Strabane, Tyrone)
Patrick McAleer (All Saints Ballymena, Antrim)
Harry Loughran (Moy, Tyrone)
Niall McParland (Glen, Down)
Colm Byrne (Eglish, Tyrone)
Peter Carragher (Silverbridge, Armagh)
Kevin McKernan (Burren, Down)
Aidan Nugent (Cullyhanna, Armagh)
Kieran McGeary (Pomeroy, Tyrone)
Conor Meyler (Omagh, Tyrone)
Patrick McBride (St John’s, Antrim)
Matthew Fitzpatrick (St John’s, Antrim)
Ronan O’Neill (Omagh, Tyrone)
Conall McCann (Killyclogher, Tyrone) for Nugent (20)
Jerome Johnston (Kilcoo, Down) for Fitzpatrick (HT)
Ryan Johnston (Kilcoo, Down) for McKay (BC, 35)
Niall Toner (Lavey, Derry) for Byrne (42)
Darragh Cavanagh (Augher, Tyrone) for O’Neill (52)
Referee: Barry Cassidy (Derry)