Armagh men march St Mary’s to last eight

St Mary’s 1-10 ATU Sligo 0-6

St Mary’s qualified for the last eight of the Sigerson Cup with a seven-point win over ATU Sligo yesterday.

Gavin McGilly’s side travelled west for a difficult task but returned home happy with a win under their belt.

The Armagh players involved in the panel made telling contributions once again, just as they did in round one.

That was against SETU Carlow and the Ranch progressed with six points to spare in the end, 0-14 to 0-8.

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Of that final tally, Sean Rock of Silverbridge hit 0-4. Clann Eireann’s Conor McConville (0-3) and Danny Magee (0-1) chipped in, as did Shane Donnelly of Collegeland with 0-1.

Rock, McConville, Magee and Mullaghbawn’s Cormac Smyth all started yesterday while Crossmaglen attacker Dara O’Callaghan came off the bench.

Full forward Cormac Murphy of Derry nailed the all-important score in the first half as St Mary’s won 1-10 to 0-6.

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The Belfast based College led by five at the half time break, with Rock chipping in with a score. 1-4 to 0-2 at the interval.

Two more points from Murphy, along with scores from Rock and Magee, sent St Mary’s seven ahead.

O’Callaghan also split the posts in the second half after being introduced with a couple of minutes left for Conor McConville.

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QUB and UU

Queen’s University Belfast were beaten heavily on Friday night by five-time winners DCU, in round two of the Sigerson Cup.

Three first half goals but the result beyond doubt as the Dubs won 3-15 to 0-5. Ballyhegan defender Peter McGrane chipped in with a point for QUB.

They now face Cork side UCC in round three, with the game taking place next Wednesday in a neutral venue.

Conor Deegan’s side were one-point winners over their Belfast rivals UU and will once again enjoy home advantage.

It’s last chance saloon for UU as they take on Maxi Curran’s ATU Donegal side, who lost heavily to DCU in round one.

Ballymacnab boss Barry Dillon is over UU and his side have to win to remain in the competition.

The game fell victim to the horrible weather conditions this week, but will eventually take place tomorrow.