Dr Crokes O'Shea hits winner as UL shock Queen's to reach Sigerson semi-final

Kerry’s Bryan O’Shea kicked the winner for the UL.

UL 0-12
Queen’s University 1-8

John Fallon reports from UL GAA Pitch

KERRY’S BRYAN O’SHEA kept his nerve to steer UL into their first Sigerson Cup semi-final since 1997 when he kicked the winning point from a 25 metres free in the closing stages.

The Crokes team huddle Dr Crokes Bryan O'Shea was the scoring hero for UL. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

It sealed a dramatic win for the Limerick college after they looked like they would get caught at the death after Queen’s rallied from seven points down early in the second-half to draw level in the final quarter.

Both sides had chances to go ahead in a tight finish but it was the Dr Crokes’ marksman who slotted the winner to bring his haul to 0-8 for the day.

UL made a blistering start and a difficult week for Queen’s off the pitch was exacerbated on it as O’Shea led the way as they opened a 0-8 to 0-0 lead after just 14 minutes on a fairly benign afternoon.

Kevin Moore chipped with a couple of points as well before Marty Clarke got Queen’s finally off the mark after 19 minutes and they trailed by 0-8 to 0-2 at the break.

Martin Clarke Marty Clarke was in action for Queen's University today. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

O’Shea extended that advantage after the restart before Queen’s, badly missing the suspended Ciaran O’Hanlon from Armagh, finally got moving.

The introduction of Antrim’s Brendan Bradley added impetus to the Queen’s attack and they began clawing their way back, and they were given real hope when turnover ball led to Down star Clarke slotting a ground shot to the net.

But the former Aussie Rules player did not see out the game when he picked up a black card five minutes from the end.

By then Queen’s had drawn level thanks to points from Bradley and Fermanagh’s Ruairi Corrigan but in the end O’Shea’s eighth point decided the issue to send them through to a semi-final meeting with UCD.

Scorers for UL: Bryan O’Shea 0-8 (0-6f), Kevin Moore 0-2 (0-1f), Aidan Rowan, Ruairi Deane 0-1 each.

Scorers for Queen’s University: M Clarke 1-2 (0-2f), B Bradley 0-4 (3f), B Burns 0-1, R Corrigan 0-1.

University of Limerick

1. Colm O’Driscoll (Castlehaven, Cork)

2. Eamonn Kiely (Brosna, Kerry)
3. Cathal Long (An Ghaeltacht, Kerry)
4. Patrick O’Connor (Dingle, Kerry)

5. Aidan Rowan (Cashel, Longford)
6. Denis Daly (St Mary’s, Kerry)
7. Fergal Boland (Aghamore, Mayo)

8. Gearoid Hegarty (St Patrick’s, Limerick)
9. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues, Cork)

10. Danny Neville (Ballysteen, Limerick)
11. Shane Killoran (Elphin, Roscommon)
12. Cian Sheehan (Newcastlewest, Limerick)

13. Ian Burke (Corofin, Galway)
14. Kevin Moore (Glin, Limerick)
15. Bryan O’Shea (Dr Crokes, Kerry)

28. Cian O’Dea (Kilfenora, Clare) for Sheehan (52)
29. James Naughton (St Senan’s, Limerick) for Killoran (45)
30. Paul White (Limerick) for Rowan (60)

Queen’s University

1. Jonathan Deeney (Downpatrick, Down)

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2. Greg McCabe (Shane O’Neill’s, Armagh)
3. Che Cullen (Bellanaleck, Fermanagh)
4. Brendan Burns (Pomeroy, Tyrone)

5. Niall Delargy (Portglenone, Antrim)
6. Shea Heffron (Clan Eireann, Armagh)
7. Michael Monan (Darragh Cross, Down)

21. Brendan Rodgers (Slaughtneil, Derry)
8. Henry Brown (Clonduff, Down)

9. Aaron Morgan (Kilcoo, Down)
11. Marty Clarke (An Ríocht, Down)
10. Ruari Corrigan (Kinawley, Fermanagh)

13. Ryan Murray (Lámh Dearg, Antrim)
14. Gerard McGovern (Burren, Down)
12. Dermot McAleese (Portglenone, Antrim)

23. Brendan Bradley (St Gall’s, Antrim) for Monan (30)
20. Conor Martin (Dromintee, Armagh) for McAleese (47)
28. Anthony Doherty (Downpatrick, Down) for Clarke (BC, 56)

Referee: Sean Hehir (Galway)

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