This year’s Sigerson Cup competition got underway at Dangan today and there was drama aplenty as St Mary’s University College, Belfast edged out NUIG in a free-kick competition.
Normal time and extra-time failed to produce a winner and the Ranch subsequently won on free kicks by 4-2.
The teams finished level on 1-8 and 1-11 apiece at the end of normal time and extra-time respectively.
Daniel McKinless sent over an equalising point in normal time for St Mary’s while Stephen McConville did likewise at the end of extra-time.
Liam Rafferty sealed the win for Gavin McGilly’s charges when converting their fourth free in the shoot-out.
St Mary’s University College, Belfast - M Reid; C McKinney, R McCusker, M Rooney (0-1); C Byrne, A Boyle (1-0pen), L Rafferty (0-3); J Og Burns (0-1), L Devlin; R McSherry, S McGuigan (0-2, 1f), S McConville (0-3f); N Toner, R Coleman, A Duffy. Subs: D McKinless (0-1) for L Devlin, J Hannigan for A Duffy, T O’Kane for C Byrne, L Devlin for T O’Kane, C McAllister for M Rooney, T O’Kane for J Hannigan.
NUIG - A Brady; S Brennan, S Mulkerrin, K McDonnell (0-2); K Molloy (0-1), R Greene, P O’Donnell; P Cooke, C Darcy; N Mullen (1-0), M Daly (0-1f), E Tierney (0-2, 1f); R Finnerty (0-3f), J Robinson (0-2, 1f), O Gallagher. Subs: B Donovan for O Gallagher, C Marren for C Darcy, G Canavan for R Finnerty, J Maher for S Brennan, K Quinn for J Robinson (BC), E McGrath for M Daly (BC).
Referee - B Healy.
They think it's all over.. it is now! Liam Rafferty with the winning free kick!!!!!! RANCH win 4-1 in the free kick comp!@ElectricIreland@officialgaa#FirstClassRivals #RanchSpirit pic.twitter.com/DmF1CwBtjb— St Mary's SU (@StMarysBelfast) January 16, 2019