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O'Neill stars in UUJ victory over DIT

JORDANSTOWN knocked out defending Sigerson Cup champions DIT in Dublin yesterday to qualify for the semi-finals.

A goal from Tyrone star forward Ronan O'Neill in the second half put UUJ through to a semi-final clash with UCD next Friday.

With Queen's hosting the Sigerson Cup semi-finals and final next weekend, there was an added incentive for the Ulster college to make it through, and they started in determined fashion.

With the aid of a gale-force wind in the first-half, UUJ scored the first five points of the game, with Tyrone's Conor McAlliskey opening the scoring and Jamie Clarke adding a brace.

Kieran Hughes and his Monaghan team-mate Rory Beggan were also on the scoresheet, Beggan converting a monster free as UUJ raced clear.

Niall Scully finally got the holders on the board with a point but Jordanstown still led by 0-6 to 0-2 at half-time.

O'Neill's goal then lit up a gusty second half. Some nice interchange play between Jamie Clarke and O'Neill was followed by a moment of magic from the latter, who chipped the keeper to put UUJ seven points clear.

However DIT closed the gap to just three points with just 15 minutes to go.

But Tyrone duo Mattie Donnelly and McAlliskey pointed important scores into a difficult wind and despite the loss of Jamie Clarke through a black card in the last 10 minutes, UUJ held on.

"It's a big thing for Sigerson players to get to the weekend and now we've got there, we'll be trying everything to get to the final," said UUJ boss Adrian McGuckin.

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