Back in the day - Contrasting fortunes for Ulster's Sigerson Cup hopefuls - The Irish News. Feb 25 1999
Sigerson Cup: Galway IT 0-5 St Mary’s College Belfast 0-9
Wasteful Ranchers still make last eight
ST MARY’S powered their way to a quarter-final place in the Sigerson Cup with this decisive victory over Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology at Moycullen yesterday.
The home side were comprehensively outclassed by the slick moving Belfast outfit, although the scoreline scarcely reflects that superiority.
A lack of accuracy in front of goal was the only blemish in the Ranch performance.
St Mary’s had 13 wides over the course of the 60 minutes which was evidence of how poor their shooting was, but also an indication of the quality of their approach play.
Six points from wing forward Conor Daly did most of the damage for the Belfast side.
Ahead by 0-5 to 0-3 at half-time, they also boasted excellent displays from Liam McBarron and Paul McFlynn. Rory Hannick and Barry Dooney were most effective for a GMIT team who were always fighting a losing cause.
St Mary’s: C Farrell, J Heaney, K Franklin, P Shields, C Minnagh, C Gourley, D Mullen, C McCrossan, A O’Neill, C Daly (0-6, 4 from frees), S O’Hare, L McBarron, B Taggart (0-1), P McFlynn, B Murray (0- 2).
GMIT: D Corbett, J P Keogh, L Collins, G McGauran, A Carberry, T Earley, P McGinley, R Hannick, I O Se, D Healy, J Bergin (0-2), P Lambe, B Dooney, J O’Brien (0-1), A O’Malley (0-2).
Referee: B McCormack (Roscommon).
Ulster University Coleraine 0-4 Sligo IT 1-9
UUC unable to counter Flannery’s firepower
DIRE fare at Coleraine as UUC tumbled out of this year’s Sigerson Cup by an eight-point margin.
The home side never really got out of first gear as the threat posed by the Sligo IT’s proved to potent for the Coleraine defence.
Trailing 0-4 to 0-1 at the interval, Coleraine had amassed a torrid 10 wides with Dara Edwards being their sole marksman from a 21-yard free.
Sligo’s bustling full-forward, Sean Flannery who also plays for Sligo Rovers, was wreaking havoc hitting two frees and two from play in the opening 30 minutes.
Coleraine opened the brighter in the second half with Stephen McKelvey pointing almost from the throw-in.
However, the westerners had no intention of sitting back on their lead and it was that man Flannery who raised a white flag three minutes later.
Disaster struck for the Bannsiders after 37 minutes when potent Sligo inter-county senior, Dessie Sloyane, bulged the back of young Andrew Hamill’s net.
Best for Coleraine were young Brian McGrath at corner-back, Joe Doran and Sean O’Neill whilst Sligo had trump cards in James Curley, Sloyane and Flannery.
UUC: A Hamill, P Rogers, B Ward, B McGrath, J Doran, P Kelly, B Powell, S O’Neill, D O’Hare, D Edwards (0-3), D Monaghan, S Sullivan, D Morgan, P McGuckin, S McKelvey (0-1)
Subs: G Enright for McGuckin, G Treacey for Morgan
Sligo IT: S Smith, A McDermott, C Reilly, G O’Connor, J Curley, S O’Donnell (0-1), S O’Neill, B Og Murphy, B Bourke (0-1), D Sloyane (1-0), J McPartland, A Higgins, J P Gallagher, S Flannery (0-7), D Brennan
Sub: J Carr for Gallagher
Ref: P McEneaney