Late blitz seals Sligo IT victory

Queen’s 0-8 Sligo IT 1-9 (after extra-time)

Four unanswered points in the second half of extra-time helped Sligo IT beat Queen’s University in last night’s preliminary round Sigerson Cup tie at the Dub.

Queen’s were left to rue a penalty miss in the first half of extra-time, after the sides finished level at 0-7 to 1-4 at the end of normal time amidst snowy conditions in Belfast.

Two late points by Daniel McKenna in extra-time helped Sligo set up a next round tie against UCC.

Underfoot conditions were treacherous and snow blizzards made conditions a lottery.

One player on each side did all the scoring in the first half. Mayo’s Evan Regan hitting 1-2 for the visitors, including a fourth-minute goal, and Armagh’s Ciaran O’Hanlon hitting some superb scores for Queen’s, who trailed by 1-2 to 0-4 at the break.

Queen’s hit four unanswered points with O’Hanlon hitting three superb points from play, his curling right-footed point in the 22nd minute was far better than conditions deserved. Ryan Murray’s free levelled the scores for Queen’s early in the second half and their goalkeeper Mickey Cunningham made a smart save from Regan.

Another long-range score from O’Hanlon put Queen’s ahead for the first time after 44 minutes.

He added another point to stretch Queen’s lead to 0-7 to 1-2 as conditions improved, before Regan got Sligo’s first score in 25 minutes with a 50th-minute free.

Cathal Mulryne landed the equaliser with Sligo’s first point from play after 53 minutes to take the game to extra time. Both sides added a point but Queen’s missed a penalty in the ninth minute of extra-time when Ryan Murray’s shot crashed off the post and McKenna’s brace proved crucial.

Scorers for Queen’s: C O’Hanlon 0-6 (1f), R Murray 0-1 (f), T Donnelly 0-1

Scorers for Sligo IT: E Regan 1-4 (3f, 1 ‘45’), D McKenna 0-2 (1f), C Mulryne 0-1, B Gallagher 0-1, J Shaughnessy.

QUEEN’S: M Cunningham; G McCabe, G McGovern, B Burns; R Wells, S Warnock, C Hamill; C Cullen, J Doherty; T Donnelly, C O’Hanlon, R Murray; M Monan, C Daly, D Hughes Subs: M Jordan for Daly (BC, 2), C McCartan for Dowling (40), B McCann for Wells (56), C Cairns for Jordan (62), P Quinn for Monan (73)

SLIGO IT: A McCallig; E Flanagan, D McConnon, M McWeeney; D McKenna, E Doherty, B Gallagher; R Connelly, S McManus; R McHugh, M McHugh, C Mulryne; S Doak, E Regan, S Coen Subs: J Shaughnessy for Coen (51)

Referee: Barry Cassidy (Derry)


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