St Mary's progress but Queen's and UU are frustrated by the weather again

Down goalkeeper Charlie Smyth was among the scorers as St Mary's beat ATU Sligo
Down goalkeeper Charlie Smyth was among the scorers as St Mary's beat ATU Sligo

Eletric Ireland Sigerson Cup round two

WHILE Queen's and Ulster University were again frustrated by the weather, St Mary's did win their Sigerson Cup second-round game against ATU Sligo by 1-11 to 0-6.

'The Ranch' got control of the game when Cormac Murphy scored a first-half goalat Ballinode.

The home side had taken an early lead but Sean Rock levelled and, after goalkeeper Charlie Smyth’s point had edged the Belfast students ahead, Mattie Óg McGleenan intercepted a kick-out and played in Murphy who found the back of the Sligo net.

Well-organised and patient, the visitors led 1-4 to 0-2 at half-time and Murphy, straight from the throw-in, and Rock extended their lead to seven early in the second half.

Smyth saved well from Flora Ayorinde but Aaron Kelleghan did pull a point back for Sligo.

Down wing-back Danny Magee quickly cancelled it out as the men in maroon threatened to take complete control. Their finishing let them down, however, and Matthew McGahern’s fisted score kept Sligo afloat.

St Mary’s control in midfield meant they dominated possession and another Murphy point left the score 1-9 to 0-4 midway through the half. Michael McCallan and Crossmaglen’s Dara O’Callaghan added points as St Mary's cantered to an eight-point win.

Afterwards St Mary’s midfielder Michael McCarville said: “We’re not really looking any further than the next game but we feel that we have good quality there and we can take on any team.”

Queen's and Jordanstown will both try again on Friday to play their second-round fixtures, which were postponed for a second time this week on Thursday.

Queen's will travel to face DCU (8pm), while UU go to Downings to face ATU Donegal (2pm).