Coach Brian Carson delighted as UL shake off brave IT Tralee challenge

University of Limerick 2-15 IT Tralee 2-8: IT Tralee manager PJ Reidy said they were disappointed not to advance to the quarter-finals of the Sigerson Cup after coming up short on the 4G pitch at UL.
Coach Brian Carson delighted as UL shake off brave IT Tralee challenge

The sides were level at 1-6 to 0-9 at the break after Urhan clubman Conor Lowney struck for a goal following a quickly taken free after 17 minutes.

“We were happy enough at half-time, going in level, but then in the second-half we didn’t take it out like we said we would,” said the Kenmare clubman.

“But I can’t fault the boys, they gave it everything they had, they gave it 100%, and I suppose we were a bit unlucky to be missing a few lads because they are involved in club finals, but these things happen.

“We’re very disappointed. We came up here thinking we would give them a better game than what we did.”

Cillian Cromwell went forward from wing-back to shoot two excellent points for Tralee, but he was outdone by UL’s Fergal Boland who landed three from his wing-back berth before picking up a black card in the closing stages.

UL got on top in the third quarter, a close-range goal from Shane Killoran putting them five points up. While Paudie Quill cancelled it at the other end with a neat finish, Brian Carson’s men maintained supremacy. They sealed a place in the quarter-finals at home to Queen’s next week when Bryan O’Shea found the net in the closing stages. Tralee centre-back Cian Horan picked up a red card late on.

“It’s my first game in charge in the Sigerson Cup and just delighted to get a win in such a prestigious competition,” said Carson. “We were a little sloppy at times, we could have put a bit more on the scoreboard.”

Scorers for UL:

S Killoran 1-2, B O’Shea 1-2, F Boland 0-3, K Moore 0-3 (3f), I Burke 0-2, R Deane 0-1, C O’Dea 0-1, J Naughton 0-1.

Scorers for IT Tralee:

P Quill 1-3 (2f), C Lowney 1-0, C O’Driscoll 0-2, C Cromwell 0-2, D McElligott 0-1.

University of Limerick:

C O’Driscoll (Cork); D Larkin (Wexford), C Long (Kerry), P O’Connor (Kerry); A Rowan (Longford), E Kiely (Kerry), F Boland (Mayo); G Hegarty (Limerick), R Deane (Cork); D Neville (Limerick), S Killoran (Roscommon), C O’Dea (Clare); I Burke (Galway), K Moore (Limerick), B O’Shea (Kerry).

Subs for UL:

L Boland (Tipperary) for Larkin (32 mins), J Naughton (Limerick) for O’Dea (41), S McAuliffe (Limerick) for F Boland (55, black).

IT Tralee:

B Galvin (Kerry); C Counihan (Kerry), E Hickson (Kerry), S Flynn (Cork); D McElligott (Kerry), C Horan (Kerry), C Cromwell (Monaghan); D Somers (Kerry), C Lowney (Cork); A Moriarty (Kerry), G O’Shea (Kerry), C O’Driscoll (Cork); V Hogan (Kerry), D Wallace (Kerry), P Quill (Kerry).

Subs for IT Tralee:

A Duggan (Kerry) for Moriarty (30 mins), S Guthrie (Kerry) for Hogan (46), C O’Connell (Kerry) for Wallace (51), J Lyne (Kerry) for Cromwell (60), P O’Shea (Kerry) for Lowney (60).


Richard McNicholas (Galway).

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