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Jordanstown regroup to book last eight spot

UUJ 1-14 Sligo IT 0-11: Jordanstown are through to the quarter-finals of the Sigerson Cup after a strong second-half helped them defeat IT Sligo in Belfast yesterday.

Mayo footballer Evan Regan knocked over 10 of IT Sligo's 11 points but it wasn't enough to beat star-studded UUJ, which led 0-5 to 0-3 after 18 minutes.

Sligo's best spell came before half-time when they racked up five points, Galway's Paul Varley getting their only other score as they led 0-8 to 0-6 at the break.

Regan tagged on a free five minutes after the restart to stretch the visitors' lead to three points and a shock result looked on the cards.

However, Jordanstown regrouped and Tyrone star Mattie Donnelly was hugely influential.

Mark McHugh shackled playmaker Ronan O'Neill quite well but the Tyrone forward also got on the scoresheet as UUJ's dominance grew, with Killian Clarke and Niall McKeever also on target.

Conor McAlliskey bagged 1-1 in the last quarter to seal the win.

UUJ: R Beggan; B Tierney, C McKaigue, C Walshe; P McPolin (0-1), L Keaney, K Clarke (0-2); M Donnelly (0-2), N McKeever (0-2); P Hughes, R O'Neill (0-1), D Savage; J Clarke (0-1), O'Boyle (0-4, 4f), C McAlliskey (1-1)

Subs: K Hughes for P Hughes (35), K McKaigue for McPolin (58), R Donnelly for O'Neill (58)

IT SLIGO: A McCollig; R Donovan, M McWeeney, E Flanagan; K Cawley, K Brady, P Varley (0-1); S O'Grady, D Geraghty; M McHugh, R McHugh, C Mulryan; S Coen, P O'Connor, E Regan (0-10, 5f and one '45')

Subs: P Seoige for Mulryan (BC, 2), J O'Shaughnessy for O'Connor (15), N Walshe for O'Grady (45), C Kearns for Walshe (BC, 55)

Referee: Ciaran Branagan (Down)

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