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Mallon shows class in Queen's win

Queen's University 0-13 University of Limerick 0-11: Sigerson Cup hosts Queen's University won their first match in the competition for six years yesterday, beating University of Limerick by two points.

UL led by 0-2 to 0-1 early in the game after Kerry star James O'Donoghue scored the first of his four points at the Dub.

However once Queen's got in front, reeling off the next four points in a row, they managed to stay ahead for the entire game.

Donegal's All-Ireland winner Martin McElhinney dispossessed his marker and scored the first of Queen's four unanswered points while Ryan Rafferty got two points in two minutes as they raced into a 0-5 to 0-2 lead after 19 minutes.

JP Spillane and David Dolan scored from play to reduce the deficit to 0-6 to 0-5 at half-time.

Armagh's Rory Grugan stretched Queen's lead 20 seconds after the restart but UL drew level at 0-7 apiece in the 37th minute through Shane O'Callaghan.

Queen's went on another four-point scoring burst, with Darren O'Hanlon, Ryan Murray, Ryan Jones and the impressive Ryan Mallon all on the scoresheet.

QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY: M Cunningham; P Quinn (0-1), C Cullen, C McNulty; R Mallon (0-2), D O'Hanlon (0-1), C McCartan (0-1); M McElhinney (0-1), H Og Conlan; C Maginn, R Grugan (0-2), R Jones (0-1); G Collins, N McKenna, R Rafferty (0-2)

Subs: R Murray (0-2) for Collins (HT), S McArdle for Jones (48), R McGarry for Rafferty (50), R Jones for Conlan (60)

UL: R Byrne; E Kiely, T Clancy, B Harrison; D Dolan (0-1), J O'Rourke, L Mulligan; P McHugh, C McNamee; JP Spillane (0-1), D Daly (0-1), E Carroll; S O'Callaghan (0-1), J O'Donoghue (0-4, 2f), B O'Shea (0-3, 3f)

Referee: Barry Cassidy (Derry)

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