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Queen's are left gutted as their fightback falls short

University of Limerick 0-12 - 1-8 Queen's

By John Campbell

A week of frustration ended in heartbreak for Queen's as they were pipped at the post by University of Limerick in yesterday's Sigerson Cup quarter-final in Limerick.

Forced to prepare for the game against the backdrop of potential bans for three key players - in the event, only Ciaron O'Hanlon actually missed the game as an 11th-hour hearing against his proposed 12-week ban did not take place - Queen's nonetheless recovered following a below-par first-half display to restrict their hosts to a one-point win.

Inspired by the consistent accuracy of Bryan O'Shea, who pocketed five first-half points, the Limerick side reached the half-way stage 0-8 to 0-2 ahead.

But the Belfast side showed admirable courage and commitment to force their way back into the contest after the break.

Despite the influence of O'Shea, Kevin Moore and Shane Killoran for UL, Queen's managed to pick off points through Martin Clarke, Brendan Bradley and Ruairi Corrigan but it was a typical opportunist goal from Clarke in the 46th minute that underpinned their spirited renaissance.

Even the fact that Clarke subsequently fell victim to a black card in the 54th minute failed to undermine the Queen's resolve.

They managed to draw level in the closing minutes with further points from Bradley and Corrigan but it was the mercurial O'Shea who ended the Queen's aspirations in the competition for this year when he converted a late free to take his side through to a semi-final meeting with UCD.

University of Limerick scorers: B O'Shea 0-8 (6 frees), K Moore 0-2, C Sheehan 0-1, R Deane 0-1.

Queen's scorers: M Clarke 1-2, B Bradley 0-3, R Corrigan 0-2, R Murray 0-1.

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