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UCD, UL and IT Carlow all booked Sigerson Cup quarter-final places today

UCD saw off Athlone IT today while IT Carlow defeated IT Tralee.

Jack McCaffrey in action for UCD today. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Updated 19.55pm

UCD, UL AND IT Carlow all booked their spots in this year’s Sigerson Cup quarter-finals with victories in today’s opening round games.

UCD, last year’s semi-finalists, progressed to a last eight tie at home to GMIT next Thursday. They were too strong today for Athlone IT in Belfield as they ran out eight-point winners.

Meanwhile IT Carlow enjoyed a successful trip to the Kingdom as they ran out three-point winners over IT Tralee by 0-10 to 0-7. Now IT Carlow will take on UL, narrow victors by 0-6 to 0-5 against Maynooth University this evening in Maynooth.

Matthew O'Hanlon holds off Kieran Martin UCD's Matthew O'Hanlon holds off Athlone IT's Kieran Martin Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

UCD 0-15
Athlone IT 0-7

For the second successive year, UCD saw Athlone IT in the Sigerson Cup with 0-8 from Westmeath ace John Heslin proving crucial to their victory this afternoon in Belfield.

The winners were in front 0-8 to 0-1 at the break after sprinting into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead after the opening quarter. Dublin duo Ryan Basquel and Jack McCaffrey both chipped in to help Heslin in the scoring stakes.

Although Westmeath’s Ger Egan tried to keep Athlone IT in touch in the second-half, UCD did enough to go forward to the quarter-final stage next week.

Scorers for UCD: John Heslin 0-8 (0-4f), Ryan Basquel, Jack McCaffrey 0-2 each, Seán O’Dea, Paraic Harnan, Brian Fenton 0-1 each.Scorers for Athlone IT: Ger Egan 0-4 (0-3f), Dan Queeney, Kieran Martin, Michael Day 0-1 each.


Eoghan Keogh (Laois)

Ryan Wylie (Monaghan)
Davey Byrne (Dublin)
Martin Cahalane (Dublin)

Paraic Harnan (Meath)
Conor Mullally (Dublin)
Seán O’Dea (Limerick)

Matthew O’Hanlon (Wexford)
Jack Barry (Kerry)

Brian Fenton (Dublin)
Niall Kelly (Kildare)
Jack McCaffrey (Dublin)

Ryan Basquel (Dublin)
John Heslin (Westmeath)
Eoghan Nolan (Wexford)

Robert Carr (Louth) for Barry
Ciarán Lenehan (Meath) for Nolan
Conor Sheridan (Meath) for Fenton
Paddy Reilly (Louth) for Kelly
Eoin Lowry (Laois) for Basquel

Ryan Basquel with Eoin Kerins UCD's Ryan Basquel with Athlone's Eoin Kerins. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Athlone IT

Mark Langtry (Offaly)

Eoin Kerins (Galway)
Stephen Flynn
Darren Farley (Longford)

James Dolan (Westmeath)
Kieran Martin (Westmeath)
Jack Donoghue (Westmeath)

Michael Day (Galway)
Colm O’Brien (Galway)

Alan Coffey (Westmeath)
Ger Egan (Westmeath)
David Whelan (Westmeath)

Cillian Fitzgerald (Limerick)
Dan Queeney (Meath)
Kieran Kilcline (Roscommon)

Dan Wharton (Cavan) for Whelan
Anton Sullivan (Offaly) for O’Brien
Jack Wharton (Cavan) for Fitzgerald

Referee: John Hickey (Carlow)


Brendan Murphy Carlow's Brendan Murphy was out injured for IT Carlow today. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

IT Carlow 0-10
IT Tralee 0-7

Despite the loss of Brendan Murphy through injury, IT Carlow still came away with the spoils from their outing to Tralee this afternoon.

IT Tralee were also short players with All-Ireland club commitments ruling out Denis McElligott and Ciaran O’Connell (Austin Stacks), Mike Finnegan (Brosna) and Darren Wallace (Ardfert).

The teams were level at 0-4 apiece at the break with IT Carlow’s Liam Boland and IT Tralee’s Jack Savage trading scores. Tipperary forward Boland proved key for his side along with Galway’s Barry McHugh while Savage was the only Tralee player to score on the day.

The teams were locked together at 0-7 apiece with 12 minutes left but points from Tom Shiels, Eoin Lynch and Boland saw IT Tralee pull clear to triumph.

Scorers for IT Carlow: Liam Boland 0-5 (0-2f), Barry McHugh 0-3 (0-2f), Eoin Lynch, Tom Shiels 0-1 each.Scorers for IT Tralee: Jack Savage 0-7 (0-4f).

Liam Boland and Fergal McNamara 14/3/2012 Tipperary's Liam Boland (file photo) starred for IT Carlow today. Source: James Crombie

IT Carlow

Shane Murphy (Kilcummin, Kerry)

Thomas O Connell (Rathanagan, Kildare)
Conor Lawlor (Palatine, Carlow)
Declan Smyth (Dunsany, Meath)

Eoin Lynch (Longwood, Meath)
Thomas Featherson (Oran, Roscommon)
Eoin Walsh (Moycullen, Galway)

Anthony Dever (Lahardane, Mayo)
Mark Sherry (Two Mile House, Kildare)

Kevin Ryan (Summerhill, Meath)
Anthony Forde (Moynalvey, Meath)
Will Young (Clonaslee, Laois)

Liam Boland (Moyle Rovers, Tipperary)
Tom Shiels (Stradbally, Laois)
Barry McHugh (Mountbellew/Moylough, Galway)

Kevin Mulvany (Ramor, Cavan) for Dever (50)
Mark Russell (Lattin Cullen, Tipperary) for Shiels (58)

Referee: Michael Collins (Cork)

Jack Savage Jack Savage starred for IT Tralee today. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

IT Tralee

Shane Kenny (Castlegregory, Kerry)

Mark Egan (Dr Crokes, Kerry)
Jason Lyne (Dr Crokes, Kerry)
Sean Flynn (Buttevant, Cork)

Gavin Crowley (Templenoe, Kerry)
Cian Horan (Glenflesk, Kerry)
Cillian Cromwell (Monaghan)

George Bastible (John Mitchels, Kerry)
Paul McMahon (St Pat’s, Kerry)

Peter Nash (Kildimo/Pallaskenry, Limerick)
Jack Savage (Kerins O’Rahilly’s, Kerry)
Alan Duggan (Austin Stacks, Kerry)

Gavin O’Shea (Dr Crokes, Kerry)
Conor Keane (Legion, Kerry)
Padraig O’Shea (Currow, Kerry)

Darren Wallace (Ardfert, Kerry) for O Shea (B/C 13)
Kieran Mulvihill (Ballylongford, Kerry) for Duggan (47)
Liam O Sullivan (St Pats, Kerry) for McMahon (47)
Padraig Quille (St Senan’s, Kerry) for Bastible (54)


Daniel McLaughlin celebrates at the end of the game Donegal's Daniel McLaughlin was the match-winner today. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

UL 0-6
Maynooth University 0-5

Donegal’s Daniel McLoughlin struck the 53rd minute match winner as UL stole an unlikely Sigerson Cup victory in Maynooth tonight.

Liam Kearns’ side arrived as underdogs and never actually led in the game until McLoughlin split the posts from around 30 metres out. It settled a low scoring, dour contest played in freezing conditions though Maynooth will kick themselves for not securing victory.

They shot 15 wides in total and had a late chance to level it but Neil Flynn’s injury-time free landed just short and full-time sounded. UL’s reward is a quarter-final clash with IT Carlow next week.

The sides were level at 0-2 apiece at half-time though Maynooth kicked nine wides in the half. They forged 0-4 to 0-2 but UL points from Gearoid Hegarty, Niall McDermott, Eoin Carroll and that McLoughlin winner edged them to victory.

Scorers for UL: Niall McDermott 0-2 (0-2f), Aidan Rowan, Gearoid Hegarty, Eoin Carroll, Daniel McLoughlin 0-1 each

Scorers for Maynooth University: Ronan Kennedy 0-2 (0-2f), Eric Lowndes, Niall Flynn (0-1f), Fergal Flanagan 0-1 each.

Liam Kearns Liam Kearns steered UL to victory today. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO


1. Ruairi Lavelle (Renvyle, Galway)

2. Eamon Kiely (Brosna, Kerry)
3. Cathal Long (Dingle, Kerry)
4. Fergal Boland (Aghamore, Mayo)

5. Aidan Rowan (Cashel, Longford)
6. Denis Daly (St Mary’s, Kerry)
7. David Larkin (Horeswood, Wexford)

8. Conor McNamee (Rhode, Offaly)
9. Eoin Carroll (Cappincur, Offaly)

10. Cian Sheehan (Newcastlewest, Limerick)
11. Niall McDermott (Ballinagh, Cavan)
12. Shane Killoran (Elphin, Roscommon)

13. Antoine McFadden (St Michael’s, Donegal)
14. Gearoid Hegarty (St Patrick’s, Limerick)
15. Daniel McLoughlin (St Michael’s, Donegal)

17. Craig O’Brien (Wolfe Tones, Clare) for Killoran (47 mins)
20. Bryan O’Shea (Dr Crokes, Kerry) for McNamee (58 mins)

Maynooth University

1. Graham Brody (Portlaoise, Laois)

2. Conor Carton (Donaghmore-Ashbourne, Meath)
3. Padraig Faulkner (Kingscourt, Cavan)
4. Niall Lenihan (Skryne, Meath)

5. Eric Lowndes (St Peregrine’s, Dublin)
6. Fergal Flanagan (Kingscourt, Cavan)
7. David Duke (Kilcock, Kildare)

8. Davy Hyland (Athy, Kildare)
9. George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers, Tipperary)

10. Jamie Gonoud (Tyrellspass, Westmeath)
11. Fergal Conway (Celbridge, Kildare)
12. Killian Mulhall (Athy, Kildare)

13. Neil Flynn (Maynooth, Kildare)
14. Ronan Kennedy (Mohill, Leitrim)
15. Barry Dardis (Summerhill, Meath)

20. Paul Cribbin (Johnstownbridge, Kildare) for Dardis (41)
33. Eamon Wallace (Ratoath, Meath) for Duke (49)
18. Ryan McEnaney (Carrickmacross, Monaghan) for Cribbin (Black card, 53 mins)

Referee: Damien Maher (Westmeath)

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