Clifford class ends Queen’s Sigerson charge

David Clifford dominated for UL as they dismissed Queen’s in the Sigerson Cup quarter final.

Clifford wasn’t the only star on show, but he was the main difference in the end. UL who also had Sean Powter (Cork) and Eoin McLaughlin (Mayo) in their ranks.

Played yesterday in Abbotstown, the Kerry star was in unstoppable form and registered 2-4. 2-3 coming from play along with a pointed 45.

His goal in the 12th minute set the wheels in motion, with Conor Turbitt proving a handful at the other end.

The clinical Clann Eireann forward knocked over four points to tie the game 1-2 to 0-5 after 25 minutes.

Donal O’Sullivan, another native of the Kingdom, traded scores with Turbitt and Ballymacnab’s Kieran Hughes.

David Clifford had UL ahead briefly, but a ‘Turbo’ brace put QUB 0-8 to 1-4 ahead at the half time break.

David Clifford scored 2-4 as UL defeated QUB
Photo Credit: Kieran Hughes

Clifford class

Clifford and O’Sullivan took over after the turn around and put qualification to the last four out of reach for Conor Deegan’s men.

UL’s star forward, and perhaps the best attacker in the game at the minute, rattled off 1-2 in a ten-minute period.

 O’Sullivan slotted over three from the dead ball and the Limerick side charged into a seven-point lead.

The double act of Turbitt, who finished with 0-8 (6f) and Hughes (0-2) kept the scoreboard ticking over.

The Belfast based university claimed four of the last five scores, but it wasn’t enough to get something from the game.

Others from the Orchard County in the QUB line up were Clann Eireann’s Eoghan Mulholland and Sean McCarthy.

Ulster University

Elsewhere, Ulster University also tasted defeat in their last eight clash with current holders DCU.

The Dubs, who defeated St Mary’s in round two, scrapped past UU by the minimum of margins.

A late Darragh Canavan goal offered Ulster a chance, but DCU sneaked through to the semi-finals with one to spare.