Sigerson secured by Dublin students
UCD 0-10 DCU 2-02
Yet another important honour eluded Ulster at the weekend when UCD took delivery of the Sigerson Cup for the first time in 20 years by beating DCU by 0-10 to 2-2 in a tough, tense decider at Jordanstown.
Monaghan sharpshooter Conor McCarthy had special cause for celebration as he posted two points for the winners who provided the man of the match in John Heslin whose six points, four from frees, underpinned his team's triumph.
It was another Ulster player, Cavan's impressive Conor Moynagh, who kept DCU in touch by drilling home a penalty but the fact that his side were able to score on only four occasions - and only one point coming from play from Stephen Attride in the sixth minute - sabotaged their hopes of victory.
Shane Carey, one of Monaghan's bright young stars, landed their other point, but their attack rarely functioned as a cohesive unit.
In contrast, UCD, while depending on frees for most of their scores, carried the greater threat up front particularly when Heslin and McCarthy were in possession.
UCD battled against adversity to win, too, as they lost star forwards Paul Mannion and Niall Kelly to injuries in the first-half.
But they showed commendable composure in the second-half in particular when they thwarted their opponents' bid to regain a foothold in the game.
Afterwards GAA president Aoghan O Fearghail presented the Sigerson trophy to UCD captain and Dublin All-Ireland winner Jack McCaffrey.
UCD scorers: J Heslin 0-6 (4f), C McCarthy 0-2, P Mannion 0-1 (f), S Coen 0-1
DCU scorers: S O'Brien 1-0, C Moynagh 1-0 (pen), S Carey 0-1 (f), S Attride 0-1