There was bitter disappointment for Ulster University and Queen’s University in their respective Sigerson Cup quarter-final ties against Dóchas Éireann DCU and University of Limerick last night.
Ulster University were pipped at the post by 2-12 to 2-11 in a thrilling account against a tenacious DCU side while Queen’s found their Limerick opponents too strong in the last quarter and lost by 2-12 to 0-13.
The UU side had held the whip hand in the first-half against DCU and led by 0-6 to 0-3 at the interval And even though the lead changed hands on several occasions in the second-half the host outfit just managed to breast the tape ahead of their opponents by 2-12 to 2-11 after a thrilling contest that was laced with quality football.
The Ulster side had looked confident in the opening half and although they were off-target with their shooting on occasions, they never lacked rhythm or cohesion.
Tyrone duo Michael McKernan and Darragh Canavan were very much to the fore in posting scores as the team assembled their half-time advantage. But it was a rather different story after the break when the UU profligacy was to prove a fatal flaw.
Yet goals from the impressive Canavan and Andrew Gilmore, a newcomer to the Down senior team who is expected to play against Galway on Saturday, helped to sustain the UU momentum. But DCU proved too strong in a tense finish.
Queen’s, meanwhile, led University of Limerick by 0-8 to 1-4 at half-time before conceding another goal after the break that was to prove crucial. Armagh duo Conor Turbitt and Kieran Hughes worked hard up front to keep the Belfast side in contention while Rory Donnelly also made an impact.
Down county defender Peter Fagan and Patrick Brooks strove to limit the influence of the Limerick side’s attack but with their line-up including Kerry superstar David Clifford, Mayo’s powerful Eoghan McLaughlin and Cork ace Sean Powter this was certainly never easy.