Queens University Belfast and Trinity College Dublin will contest this afternoon’s Ryan Cup decider after both teams came through extremely tight semi-final affairs.
Trinity were forced to overcome a resilient IT Tralee side and the elements in the second of the afternoon’s double-header to set up a repeat of last year’s final which they won 1-18 to 1-9.
With the contest having been plagued by heavy rain from the off, referee Patrick Murphy called a halt to proceedings 10 minutes into the second-half as large puddles of water dotted the playing surface.
The Carlow official instructed both teams to move onto the adjacent pitch where he recommenced the action.
Having trailed 0-5 to 0-4 at half-time, Trinity were less put out by the change of pitches and limited their opponents to just two second-half points to win out 0-8 to 0-6.
For the winners, Fionn Ó Riain Broin top-scored with six points, four of which arrived from the placed ball. Doon’s Eoghan McNamara and Oulart-the- Ballagh’s David Redmond also found the target to return Trinity to the second-tier showpiece vent for a third successive spring.
With the rain having held off for the early games at CIT yesterday, the semi-final clash between Queens and IT Tallaght was a far livelier and higher-scoring contest.
Last year’s defeated finalists found themselves 0-8 to 0-7 behind at the break, but never looked back after Dermot Begley and Maol Connelly fired over two points in quick succession upon the change of ends.
Oisin McManus netted the first of their two green flags and while IT Tallaght, led by Aodhan Clabby, were always within touching distance, a Cormac Ross goal in the closing stages saw the Belfast University over the line by 2-14 to 1-14 and presents them with a shot at redemption this afternoon.
The Ryan Cup final, which throws in at 1pm on the main pitch, is preceded by the meeting of GMIT Letterfrack and IT Sligo in the Fergal Maher Cup decider which has a 12pm start on pitch 3.
IT Sligo enjoyed a 2-14 to 1-14 win over St Mary’s Belfast, with Jack Galvin of Cullion, Westmeath nailing three sideline cuts over the hour.
GMIT Letterfrack had nine to spare over Marino; 1-15 to 1-6 the second semi-final.
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