In The Irish News - Feb 13 1998: Jordanstown arrest Gardai and book Sigerson place

Crossmaglen's John McEntee breaks away from Dromore's Ryan McMenamin and Stephen Clarke in an Ulster Club semi-final at Clones. Picture by Seamus Loughran

Sigerson Cup first round: Garda College 1-6 UUJ 0-10

FRUSTRATION was the dominant theme in Drogheda yesterday, as Jordanstown nailed down a place in the Sigerson Cup quarter-finals.

It came in many forms: the Gardai’s at their loss of discipline and ultimately the match; the Poly’s as they almost failed to kill off their 13-man opponents.

Barry Duffy’s frustration came at his harsh last minute dismissal and everyone felt it with the referee whose fussy, whistle-happy handling of the game at times infuriated both sides.

The Gardai’s Cahill Sheridan and Mark Moynihan joined Duffy on the sidelines, with Offaly all-star Cathal Daly very lucky not to have followed after stamping on Joe Cassidy in the second half.

It wasn’t a pretty encounter. Defences were on top, the two keepers also making several fine saves. The Templemore College had the breeze in the opening half but in truth didn’t make full use of it.

Full forward Tom Bowe was fouled in the square on 13 minutes and Sheridan duly dispatched to nullify John McEntee’s opening score. Kieran Donnelly’s shot two minutes later was expertly parried by O’Keefe but Brian McGuckin slotted over to make it 1-0 to 0-2.

Former Kerry U21, James O’Shea and McEntee again swopped scores before John Whelan increased the Garda advantage.

Playing the full-back, Daly had been exemplary in the first half, limiting Derry dangerman Cassidy to a single point from a free. Jordanstown’s performance in the second period was both sublime and ridiculous.

At times they created problems for themselves with their over-elaboration. But as a defensive unit they held their opponents to a single score, which turned out to be the final consolation point from Bowe’s free in injury time.

Garda College: D O’Keefe, J McCallion, C Daly, D Gilmartin, D Cahill, K McGettigan, D Creedon, J Whelan (0-1), M O’Donoghue, J Enright, J Crowley (0-1), M Moynihan, J O’Shea (0-1), T Bowe (0-1), C Sheridan (1- 2; one penalty, two frees).

Subs: D Durkin for Creedon, D Lynch For Enright, S Fitzmorris for Durkin.

UUJ: M Conlon, F Crossan, N Farren, S McGuckin, P Diamond, S Lockhart, M Coll, D McElroy, B Duffy, K Donnelly, J McEntee (0-3; one free), T McEntee, B McGuckin, (0- 2), J Cassidy (0-3; two frees), S King (0-1).

Subs: K Madden for Donnelly, G Diamond (0-1) for Coll (0-1)

Referee: J Woods (Dublin)


ULSTER champions Dunloy have named an unchanged side for Sunday’s All-Ireland club hurling semi-final against Sarsfields in Mullingar (2pm).

Unlike their Galway counterparts, Dunloy have enjoyed a relatively injury-free passage to this advanced stage of the competition, and will line out with the same fifteen players who started the Ulster final against Lavey over four months ago.

PRO Tony Shivers said it was a relief to be able to field “such a settled side” and that despite the injury crisis claims coming from Sarsfields, Dunloy are expecting to face a strong, formidable challenge after their four and a half hour trek to Mullingar.

Dunloy: S Elliott, S McElhatton, P Molloy, F McMullan, S McMullan, Gary O’Kane, S Mullan, C McGuckian, M Molloy, N Elliott, T McGrath, L Richmond, J Elliott, Gregory O’Kane, A Elliott (capt)

Subs: P Richmond, C Cunning, E McKee, B Og Cunning, P McMullan, M Corry, JC Cunning, D McMullan Cavan: P O’Dowd, G Sheridan, T Farrelly, C Brady, A Forde, B Morris, P Shiels, D McCabe, P McKenna, P Reilly, R Carolan, L Reilly, M Graham, M Leddy, F Cahill.


FORMER Down star Liam Austin has named two debutants in his first competitive game as Cavan’s senior football manager.

Stephen King’s failure to recover from a stomach muscle injury gives Kill clubman Pearse McKenna (21) a chance to line out at midfield alongside All Star Dermot McCabe in his first game for the Ulster champions.

The other newcomer is Cavan Gaels 23-year-old Mark Leddy who has been named at full-forward.


DERRY'S hopes of making a concerted push for the league quarter-finals suffered a setback with the news that utility man Fergal McCusker will miss Sunday’s trip to Longford with a recurrence of an old groin strain picked up in training.

David O’Neill, a regular player on the Derry side, has been ruled out while panellists Gary Doyle and Rory Boylan are also doubtful.

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