DCU and Maynooth to square off in Sigerson final

NUI Maynooth and DCU will contest tomorrow's Sigerson Cup final after semi-final wins at Dangan, Galway this afternoon.

DCU and Maynooth to square off in Sigerson final

NUI Maynooth and DCU will contest tomorrow's Sigerson Cup final after semi-final wins at Dangan, Galway this afternoon.

The Kildare university qualified for their first Sigerson Cup final since the 1970s thanks to a 2-11 to 2-8 win over reigning champions UCC in the first semi-final.

NUI Maynooth led by five points with 16 and a half minutes remaining, and despite UCC kicking four unanswered scores, John Divilly's charges stood firm late on to register a hard earned win.

UCC led by 1-1 to 0-2 after just eight minutes with Mark Collins netting their goal, but Maynooth offered a perfect response.

Divilly's side claimed a 0-6 to 1-2 lead at the interval and extended their lead to six points inside three minutes of the restart, with Sean Hurley netting a well taken goal.

The goal umpire signalled the green flag after a Stephen O'Brien 38th minute effort was deemed to have crossed the NUI Maynooth goal-line, to cut the deficit to five points.

A point from Galway's Sean Denvir gave NUI Maynooth a 2-9 to 2-4 lead in the 44th minute, but UCC responded strongly.

Billy Morgan's side hit four unanswered points with Mark Reen, Paul Geaney and Barry O'Driscoll on target.

However, Maynooth weathered the storm with a fine point from Laois's Paul Cahillane coupled with a strong defensive display in the closing stages, before Michael Newman converted a late 45 to ensure a three-point win.

Donegal's Michael Murphy marked his return from injury, featuring as a second half substitute for DCU, and sealing a comfortable 0-17 to 1-5 with the final score in the second semi-final against UUJ.

DCU led by 0-2 to 0-0 after three minutes thanks to points from Dublin duo Paul Flynn and Dean Rock, but an 11th minute goal from Anton McArdle saw Jordanstown take command.

Adrian McGuckin's charges further extended their advantage thanks to a Diarmuid McNulty score, but DCU hit back with Flynn and Rock on target.

UUJ held a 1-3 to 0-5 interval lead, thanks to a brace of Ciaran McGinley points, but Niall Moyna's charges turned the tide in the second half.

DCU firmly outclassed UUJ with a point-scoring exhibition on the restart, with the Poly outscored by 0-12 to 0-2 in the closing 30 minutes.

UUJ's second half scores both came from the boot of Peter Hughes in the 34th and 42nd minutes.

Hughes second score tied the game at 1-5 to 0-8, but DCU kicked on with Rock; Laois's Colm Begley; Dublin's Philip McMahon; Roscommon's Neil Collins; David Kelly of Sligo and Murphy all claiming scores.

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