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DCU book final date with ease


Con O’Callaghan supporting UCD last night

Con O’Callaghan supporting UCD last night


Con O’Callaghan supporting UCD last night

Dublin City University progressed to the final of the Sigerson Cup as they eased past a disappointing UCD by 1-15 to 0-3 in a one-sided semi-final at St Claire's last night.

They will meet IT Carlow in the decider next Wednesday at the same venue.

The opening quarter was a tight and cagey affair, but the hosts slowly assumed control of matters and kicked on upon the restart to complete an emphatic victory.

David Garland and Ray Connellan traded frees in the early exchanges, but it was evident from that stage that DCU enjoyed a marked advantage in terms of their attacking options.

UCD's only point from play arrived at the end of the first quarter through Conor Hartley but they were placed under greater pressure from that point with the hosts building up a 0-7 to 0-2 interval lead thanks to scores by Paddy Small, Garland, Michael Bannigan and the impressive Shane Carthy.

A Gary Walsh free in the 32rd minute offered brief respite for the visitors but it proved their final score of the game as their challenge petered out alarmingly after the break.

DCU turned on the style in the final quarter with Small and Garland giving an exhibition in point taking while goalkeeper Evan Comerford added two placed balls to rub further salt into UCD's wounds.

In the other semi-final, IT Carlow accounted for Letterkenny IT on a 2-9 to 1-9 scoreline to reach their first Sigerson decider. Kildare's Adam Steed scored the crucial goal for Carlow when the game looked to be heading for extra time.

Scorers - DCU: D Garland 0-7 (3f), M Bannigan 1-2 (1-0 pen, 0-2f), P Small 0-3, E Comerford 0-2 (1f, 1 '45'), S Carthy 0-1.

UCD: R Connellan (f), G Walsh (f), C Hartley 0-1 each.