Sigerson Cup Round 1
MTU, Kerry 1-13
Even though they were in the ascendancy from start to finish, a brilliant 55th minute goal from Toni Brosnan enabled MTU Carey to meet the set challenge of the UCD visitors before registering a highly-qualified win in this Sigerson Cup opener . in the trolley.
Played in ideal conditions, with winter sunshine and not a gust of wind, Aidan O’Mahony’s charges cut a six-point second half cushion in half over the last five minutes, as Westmeath star Ray Conlen fought brilliantly. -The withdrawal prompted the University of Dublin, but Brosnan’s green signal stopped UCD galloping.
A kick-out from Keith O’Leary was kicked out of the sky by Kilcumin’s Paul O’Shea (one of the couple he made in the crucial closing moments), inciting a defense-splitting move that rapidly Legion looked at option Ryan O. Grady set up the impressive Dr Crocs full, with Brosnan scoring Dublin shot-stopper Evan Comerford’s trademark showing for a goal and an empty net (1-12 to 0-9).
Games, sets and matches for MTU Carey, and no more than the home team, are not qualified to perform piled up with tenacity and flexibility, hard grafts and stamina in the middle of the park, all from pockets of attacking ingenuity from choice. Joined are Brosnan, O’Shea, Jack Savage and Dara Moynihan, who were unfortunately injured at half-time with a quad muscle problem.
At that time, MTU Carey enjoyed a four-point lead (0–8 to 0–4), thanks in no small part to the ability of Mark O’Shea and Fionn McKesey to reduce the influence of Dublin panelist Peeder A. took. Midfield, and from the waste and indiscipline of UCD, who consistently managed to get on the wrong side of the referee, and who were extremely careless in front of positions.
With Brosnan returning to the field on the resume after being temporarily replaced with a head injury, MTU Carey, in the third quarter, saw Savage (two) and Paul O’Shea, before Conlen, on proceedings at the mark. The competition, maintaining his overall grip, scored the last two points before the final water break (0-11 to 0-7).
Despite enjoying the ball more in the second half, UCD were still troubled by poor finishing (they recorded a seven from 15 wides from MTU Carey in an hour) and gave away an unprecedented 42 frees from just nine of the winners.
While Conlen, Dare Craig, a reformer O’Kofeg-Byrne and substitute Ciaran O’Reilly tried to revive their chances, they were fighting a losing battle.
Mike Breen mastered a teak-tough MTU Carey rear-guard, Paul O’Shea came into his own when most needed to fulfill his namesake Mark’s efforts under the high ball, and Brosnan and Savage. Always were generally able to make the most. Opportunities in front of them.
Amazing results for some, but not for the home side. A tempting result, with tantalizing prospects for better days to come.
O’Mahony and his management team couldn’t have asked for more.
MTU Carey: Keith O’Leary (Kilcumin); Mark Fitzgerald (Dr. Croix), Tomas O’Connor (Ballymac), Dean Carew (Upperchurch-Drombane, Tipperary); Evan Looney (Dr. Croix), Mike Breen (Beaufort), Anthony Darmody (Rathmore); Mark O’Shea (Dr Crocs) 0-1, Fionn McKesey (Ardfurt); Darragh Lynn (Legion), Paul O’Shea (Kilcumin) 0-2, Dara Moynihan (Spa); Jack Savage (Kerrins O’Rahillies) 0-6 (0-5 free), Tony Brosnan (Dr. Croix) 1-4 (0-2 free), Tomas A Se (Ann Gheltach) Sub: Jake Foster (Porterlington, Laos) for Brosnan, inject, 27 of 31, Gary Vaughan (Spa) for Moynihan, (inj), half-time, Cathal Ferriter for Darmody (Dundluck Young Irelands, Louth), 46, Ryan O’Grady (Legion), 52, Sean A. Luasa (Ballingery, Cork) to Lynn, 59, Foster for Savage, 60
UCD: Evan Comerford (Dublin); Eoin Harkin (Meath), Malachi Stone (Wicklow), Martin O’Connor (Wexford) 0-1; Kieran Kennedy (Dublin), Ryan O’Toole (Monaghan), Fergal Lennon (Roscommon); Peeder O’Kofeg-Byrne (Dublin), Aaron McClements (Down); Rurie McCormack (Down), Ray Conlen (Westmeath) 0-4, Darragh Kennedy (Cavan); Dare Craig (Roscommon) 0-4 (0-3 free), Ficharra Clifford (Lawn Rangers, Kerry), Connor Crowley (Carlo) Sub: Johnny Linum (Westmeath) for Dee Kennedy, half-time, Ciaran O’Reilly (Dublin) 0-2 for Crowley, half-time, Ethan Devine (Meath) for McClements, 46, Adam Loughren for Clifford (Antrim) ), 52, Niall Hannigan (Donegal) for McCormack, 60
Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan (Firise)