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Jordanstown book place in last four of Sigerson Cup

UUJ 0-14 St Mary's 1-6

By Staff Reporter

Published 11/02/2016

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University of Ulster Jordanstown led from start to finish against city rivals St Mary's to book their place in next weekend's Sigerson Cup semi-finals.

With UUJ hosting the Sigerson finals this year, the pressure was on to reach the latter stages of their own tournament and their star-studded line-up survived a strong second half from St Mary's, who kicked seven wides in the second half.

UUJ lost Armagh's Ethan Rafferty to injury and Antrim midfielder Niall McKeever to a black card in the first half, but still led by 0-7 to 0-2 at half time.

Down forward Jerome Johnston made a huge impact when brought on at half time, scoring 1-2 from play in the second half for St Mary's, including a superb 45th minute goal.

Jordanstown made a superb start to the game with four unanswered points inside the opening seven minutes.

McBrearty hit two frees before fit-again Monaghan star Kieran Hughes scored the game's first point from play.

UUJ were well in control with Frank Burns' long-range point followed by an excellent point from the wing for Ritchie Donnelly to put them five points up at the break.

Frank Burns scored again at the start of the second half to stretch Jordanstown's lead out to six points before Johnston hit 1-1.

He scored St Mary's first point from play in the 36th minute and then landed the game's only goal in the 45th minute, running with the ball from deep and jinking inside to blast the ball high into the roof of the net.

Monaghan's Ryan McAnespie scored straight from the kickout to steady the home side, but McKernan's point reduced their deficit to 0-9 to 1-4 after 46 minutes.

The wides were starting to rack up, however, and UUJ made them pay to run out 0-14 to 1-6 winners.

UUJ: S Fox (Tyrone); R Johnston (Antrim), R McNamee 0-1 (Tyrone), K Clarke (Cavan); R McHugh (Donegal), F Burns 0-2 (Tyrone), S Sheridan (Armagh); N McKeever (Antrim), M Argue (Cavan); C Grugan 0-1 (Tyrone), E Rafferty 0-1 ('45') (Armagh), R McAnespie 0-1 (Monaghan); P McBrearty 0-5 (4f) (Donegal), K Hughes 0-1 (Monaghan), E Regan (Mayo). Subs: R Donnelly 0-2 (Tyrone) for Rafferty (15), M Johnston (Antrim) for McKeever (BC, 23), D Savage (Down) for Argue (52), S Heavron (Derry) for Regan (55), G McKinless (Derry) for Burns (BC, 59).

ST MARY'S: R Burns (Down); A McKay (Armagh), D McBride (Tyrone), P McAleer (Antrim); H Loughran (Tyrone), N McParland (Down); C Byrne (Tyrone); P Carragher (Armagh), K McKernan 0-2 (Down); A Nugent (Armagh), K McGeary (Tyrone), C Meyler (Tyrone); P McBride (Antrim), M Fitzpatrick (Antrim), R O'Neill 0-2 (2f) (Tyrone). Subs: C McCann (Tyrone) for Nugent (20), J Johnston 1-2 (Down) for Fitzpatrick (HT), R Johnston (Down) for McKay (BC, 35), N Toner (Derry) for Byrne (42), D Cavanagh (Tyrone) for O'Neill (52)

Referee: Barry Cassidy (Derry)

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