Back in the day - Tom Brewster stars as Queen's reign in Ryan Cup - Jan 24 1999

Fermanagh star Tom Brewster
The Irish News Archive

Ryan Cup semi-final replay: Queen’s 0-10 NUI Galway 0-8

EXCELLENT displays from half-forwards Tom Brewster and Barry O’Hagan helped Queen’s edge out Galway in this tight Ryan Cup semifinal replay at Enniskillen.

Fermanagh ace Brewster, on his home pitch, hit half of Queen’s total including three points from play. Armagh star O’Hagan also picked off three scores from play to signal his return to top form.

Other impressive Queen’s performers were full-back Peter Quinn who marked Galway full-forward Darren Gibson out of the contest and corner-back Paddy Campbell who subdued dangerman Dessie Dolan.

Colm Hanratty, operating unusually at full-forward, missed a goal chance on 25 minutes when he blasted a point-blank effort over the bar after good work from Antrim senior Joe Quinn.

However, two points just before the interval from Brewster and O’Hagan gave the Belfast side a 0-6 to 0-4 lead and Queen’s managed, with a fair of degree of comfort, to hold onto the advantage right up to the end.

The final against Garda College is expected to take place next Saturday.

Queen’s: C Rafferty, P Campbell, P Quinn, A Molloy, E McNulty, C Holmes, A O’Rourke, J McNulty, J Quinn, T Brewster (0-5), B O’Hagan (0-3), C McAnallen (0-1), J Byrne, C Hanratty (0-1), B Ward.

Subs: C Coleman for Byrne 40 mins.

NUI Galway: J Madden, N Twomey, M Fitzgerald, C Davey, A Maloney, B Considine, S Crowley, D O’Shaughnessy, D Rooney, M O Colleran (0-4), C Considine, B McMahon, B Walsh (0-2), D Gibson, D Dolan (0-2).

Subs: B Moran for McMahon 40, C Keohane for Walsh 42.


FAI Harp Lager National League: Derry City 2 UCD 0

Coyle helps City continue run of form

UCD were never likely to disturb Derry City's winning sequence.

In the 35th minute, when Liam Coyle put Derry in front from the penalty spot, the visitors’ tactics were expected to change.

Disappointly UCD were no more adventurous when they went a goal down, which didn’t help the spectators enjoy the game on what was a cold and wet night.

The penalty was awarded when Michael McHugh hit the deck after charging into the penalty area.

The decision seemed harsh but Coyle seemed unconcerned as he side footed the spot kick into the net.

Before that goal Derry goakeeper David Platt showed strong hands to keep out a powerful drive by Kavanagh, one of only two shots UCD had in the game.

Darren McCaul’s later ran onto a long ball and lobbed it over UCD goalkeeper Barry Ryan to secure the points.

Derry City: Platt, D Kelly, M Kelly, Hutton, Curran, Hargan, Doherty, Hegarty, Coyle, Beckett, McHugh

Subs: McCann for M Kelly (73 mins), McCaul for Coyle (80 mins). UCD: Ryan, McLaughlin, McAuley, Mahon, Delaney, Kelly, Cavanagh, Bennett, O’Byrne, Kilmurray, Dunne

Sub: Martin for Dunne (63 mins).

Referee: Mr Paul McKeon (Dublin).


BELFAST welterweight Neil Sinclair could be out of action for around eight weeks after breaking his right hand during his win over Birmingham’s Mark Ramsey in Dublin.

The Monkstown man picked up the injury in the opening round of the Vicar Street fight but managed to stop Ramsey with a stunning left hook in the third.

Sinclair was enjoying a successful comeback bid after a lengthy spell out of the game.

But the hand injury rules him out of a inter-continental clash with old foe Dennis Berry in Middlesbrough next month.

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