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St Mary's win dramatic Independent.ie Sigerson Cup Final
Independent.ie Sigerson Cup Final
St Marys, Belfast 0-13UCD 2-6
By Cian O'Connell at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence
St Marys, Belfast claimed Sigerson Cup glory with a stirring win over favourites UCD.
Paddy Tallys well organised team overcame the concession of two early goals to eke out a memorable victory over the aristocrats of the famous third level competition.
Inspired by Conor Meyler, Oisin ONeill, Kevin McKernan, and Cathal McShane the Ranch delivered a performance that was as passionate as it was purposeful.
A dramatic opening period laced with splendid scores eventually ended with Mary's leading 0-9 to 2-1 at the break.
That was despite the concession of two goals in the first four minutes - exactly what happened them against UCC at the penultimate stage.
Colm Basquel netted a brace of opportunistic goals for UCD, who started well against the teeth of a strong wind.
But Mary's responded reeling off nine points without reply; Oisin O'Neill landed three from distance, while Conall McCann, Conor Meyler, and Cathal McShane nailing fine efforts.
Paul Mannion ended a 26 minute search for a UCD score, but St Mary's were two ahead at the break.
After the restart the match stayed highly competitive as Marys diligent defensive work continued to frustrate UCD, who could only muster five second half points.
St Marys managed to register four against the elements with Corey Quinn and Kieran McGeary landing two in the closing stages to edge them 0-13 to 2-4 ahead.
UCD summoned one late rally featuring points from Basquel and Conor McCarthy, but a resolute St Marys werent going to be denied.
Scorers for St Marys, Belfast: Oisin ONeill 0-4 3fs, Conall McCann 0-2, Cathal McShane 0-2, Kieran McGeary 0-2 2fs, Conor Meyler 0-1, Corey Quinn 0-1, Ciaran Corrigan 0-1.
Scorers for UCD: Colm Basquel 2-1, Conor McCarthy 0-2 1f, Eamonn Wallace 0-1, Barry McGinn 0-1, Paul Mannion 0-1.
St Marys Belfast: Mark Reid Down; Ruairi Mooney Derry, Kyle Mallon Armagh, Aaron McKay Armagh; Ciaran MacIomhar Armagh, Conor Meyler Tyrone, Colm Byrne Tyrone; Conall McCann Tyrone, Oisin ONeill Armagh; Ciaran Corrigan Fermanagh, Kieran McGeary Tyrone, Stephen McConville Down; Kevin McKernan Down, Matthew Fitzpatrick Antrim, Cathal McShane Tyrone.
Subs: Corey Quinn Down for Stephen McConville 45 mins, Jack Hannigan Antrim for Kyle Mallon 60 mins.
UCD: Colm Honan Meath; Eoin Murchan Dublin, Michael Fitzsimons Dublin, Robbie McDaid Dublin; Conor Mullally Dublin, Stephen Coen Mayo, Jack McCaffrey Dublin; Barry OSullivan Kerry, Jack Barry Kerry; Andy McDonnell Louth, Conor McCarthy Monaghan, Eamonn Wallace Meath; Paul Mannion Dublin, Colm Basquel Dublin, Barry McGinn Monaghan.
Subs: Liam Casey Tipperary for Andy McDonnell 31 mins, Tom Hayes Cavan for Paul Mannion 56 mins, Larry Moran Longford for Barry OSullivan 58 mins, bc.
Referee: Conor Lane Cork.