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McGuigan goes top of the class as St Mary's hit jackpot again

 

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By John Campbell

When St Mary's University College stunned NUI Galway in their opening match in the Sigerson Cup, it was felt that this might prove the ration of shocks in the competition.

But yesterday the west Belfast seat of learning came up trumps once again when they disposed of the challenge of a fancied IT Tralee side at the St Teresa's club complex by 1-15 to 1-10.

No wonder coach Gavin McGilly and his backroom team are today contemplating the possibility of a repeat of St Mary's 2017 triumph in the competition but, for the moment, McGilly is preaching caution as his side look to conquer even more horizons.

In what was a devastating team performance yesterday, it was Shane McGuigan who proved himself St Mary's scorer-in-chief.

His contribution of 10 points underlined his experience and cool head as the winners fended off a late Tralee challenge to march on.

Even before half-time, McGuigan had already landed four points in response to the visitors' early flurry that took them into a 1-6 to 1-15 interval lead, their goal coming from Conor Keane in eight minutes, while Derry county ace Niall Toner drilled in St Mary's goal four minutes later.

Daniel McKinless joined McGuigan in a two-point burst that proved crucial in taking St Mary's clear.

It was entirely appropriate that McGuigan should have helped to seal a memorable victory in a frenetic finish.

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