Queen's face a tall order in Sigerson clash with University Limerick
Sigerson Cup quarter-final: University Limerick v Queen's University Belfast (tonight, Abbotstown, 7.30pm)
THE class of Conor Turbitt made the difference for Queen's in last week's narrowest of round three victories over IT Carlow, and they will need the Armagh forward to be on top form again tonight if they are to progress into the Sigerson last-four.
Although the Belfast based university has won higher education's premier competition eight times, their last success was back in 2007 and tests don't come much harder than the one they will face against University Limerick at Abbotstown.
Clann Éireann clubman Turbitt hit 0-8 of QUB's 0-17 total against Carlow, 0-5 of them from placed balls, in what was a thrilling encounter. The game was level no less than 11 times and the intensity should prove to be the perfect preparation for Queen's.
Down's Peter Fagan is capable of making penetrating runs from centre-back, while the accuracy of Daniel Guinness' passing from midfield is a big plus for Queen's. Patrick Brooks impressed at left half-back last week and he should start again tonight.
Rory Donnelly and Sean McCarthy are two others the Treaty students will have to keep a close eye on at the National Games Development Centre.
University Limerick were scintillating at times in their round two win over Letterkenny IT and it was no surprise that it was David Clifford who stole the show in the Connacht Air Dome.
The Kerry star bagged both Limerick's goals in that 2-23 to 3-15 win over the Donegal men and the Queen's coaching staff will have spent many hours pondering how best to put the brakes on him tonight. However, Clifford is not alone in making UL genuine contenders for this year's title – Eoghan McLaughlin was untouchable at times in that win over Letterkenny while Donal O'Sullivan is ruthless in front of the posts.
Queen's face a tall order tonight.