DCU too strong for UUJ in Sigerson Cup semi-final

Antoin McFadden and Peter Hughes
DCU's Antoin McFadden attempts to get away from UUJ's Peter Hughes in Galway

UUJ's hopes of Sigerson Cup glory were extinguished as they were beaten 0-17 to 1-5 by DCU in Friday's second semi-final in Galway.

Anton McArdle's goal helped UUJ lead 1-3 to 0-5 at half-time but the Dublin side - helped by Michael Murphy's introduction - dominated thereafter.

NUI Maynooth defeated holders UCC 2-11 to 2-8 in Friday's opening semi-final in the NUI Galway-hosted weekend.

The final will take place at the Galway venue on Saturday afternoon.

DCU led by 0-2 to 0-0 after three minutes thanks to points from Dublin duo Paul Flynn and Dean Rock, but an 11th-minute goal from Anton McArdle saw Jordanstown take the lead.

Adrian McGuckin's charges further extended their advantage thanks to a Diarmuid McNulty score but DCU hit back with Flynn and Rock on target.

However, a brace of Ciaran McGinley points enabled Jordanstown to lead 1-3 to 0-5 at the interval.

DCU firmly outclassed UUJ with a point-scoring exhibition on the restart with the Poly outscored by 0-12 to 0-2 in the closing 30 minutes.

UUJ's second half scores both came from the boot of Peter Hughes in the 34th and 42nd minutes.

Hughes second score tied the game at 1-5 to 0-8 but DCU kicked on with Rock, Colm Begley, Philip McMahon, Neil Collins, David Kelly and Murphy all claiming scores.

Irish Daily Mail Sigerson Cup semi-finals

UCC 2-8 2-11 NUI Maynooth

UUJ 1-5 0-17 DCU

Final - Saturday (1500)

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