QUB stun UU while Ranch rally home

QUB claimed the bragging rights around Belfast last night when they overturned UU on home turf in the first round of the Sigerson Cup.

Armagh men Sean McCarthy and Peter McGrane made huge contributions for Conor Deegan’s side, who won 1-12 to 1-11.

McCarthy, a championship winner with Clann Eireann in 2021, started the game in the full back line.

He constantly broke forward and assisted his sides only goal, netted by Tyrone corner forward Luke Donnelly.

With the game in the balance, substitute McGrane slotted over an important score. The Ballyhegan man stuck a levelling point with five minutes left on the clock.

UU tried to make an instant reply with the next attack, but their effort dropped short. McCarthy was on hand to make a superb defensive catch on the edge of the square.

The ball was worked the whole way up the field and Derry defender Diarmuid Baker fired QUB ahead.

Killeavy’s Callum O’Hare, who started at centerfield, picked up a late black card but got through a mountain of work throughout the game.

Photo Credit: John Merry

St Mary’s

The Orchard County made a huge contribution for St Mary’s as they qualified for the next round of the Sigerson Cup.

Clann Eireann’s Danny Magee and Conor McConville along with Cormac Smyth (Mullaghbawn), Sean Rock (Silverbridge) and Dara O’Callaghan (Crossmaglen) all started.

It’s was the Armagh representatives that claimed the bulk of St Mary’s final tally on the night of 0-14.

Rock and McConville got Gavin McGilly’s men up and running to tie the game 0-2 apiece early on.

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McConville added a second, followed by a Rock brace, as St Mary’s held a slender one-point lead at half time. 0-7 to 0-6.

Clann Eireann duo McConville (2) and Magee added further points while Shane Donnelly of Collegeland also got in on the scoring act. St Mary’s won 0-12 to 0-8 in the end.

Louis Hughes (Granemore) and Sean Quigley (Clonmore) came off the bench, meaning eight Armagh players were involved in the win.