Ulster claim Sigerson Cup crown

Ulster University 3-12 UCD 0-15

Ulster University won the Sigerson Cup on Wednesday night for the first time since 2008 with a win over UCD.

The sides had clashed earlier in the competition, with the Dublin men earning an eight-point victory.

UCD also knocked UU out of the Sigerson Cup last year, producing a ten-point winning performance.

But a repeat result wasn’t on the cards as from early on, UU raced into the lead and stayed there for the long haul.

The impact of Tyrone stars Darragh and Ruairi Canavan was clear to be seen. The pair shared 0-9 between them, with Darragh claiming 0-5 and Ruairi hitting 0-4.

Their uncle Pascal Canavan, now managing Armagh Harps, won a Sigerson Cup with St Mary’s in 1989.

All three UU goals came inside the opening half hour and that gave them a nice nine-point cushion at the break.

Niall Loughlan (Derry), Oisin McCann (Tyrone) and Ben McCarron (Derry) all raised first half green flags.

UCD, top of the Sigerson Cup roll of honour with 34 titles, made a game of it in the second half but the margin was too large to catch.

It’s the first time UU have won the Sigerson Cup since 2008, following failed attempts in 2011 and 2014.

Ulster University won the Sigerson Cup on Wednesday night for the first time since 2008 with a win over UCD.

There were two Armagh men involved in Wednesday’s win, with both entering the fray off the bench.

Clann Eireann defender Emett Magee was the first sub used on the night. He replaced the injured Peter Og McCartan after 22 minutes of the game.

Jack Cunningham of Carrickcruppen was also introduced. He came on for Caolan Cush in the final few minutes.

There were three other Armagh men involved as well. Jack Reel (Silverbridge), Ronan Mallon (Grange) and Antoin McParland (St Paul’s) were all part of the matchday panel.