University of Limerick earn tight Sigerson Cup win over Maynooth:

By Leader Reporter

UL booked their spot in the knockout stages of the 2023/24 Sigerson Cup after a 0-8 to 0-7 victory over Maynooth University on Tuesday evening.

The beaten finalists from last year’s competition followed up their win over ATU Donegal in round one with a tight win over their hosts that now sees them through.

The teams were deadlocked throughout the contest and level at 0-4 apiece with two Paul Keaney scores bringing UL level at half time.

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Aided by a strong breeze in the second half, UL hit the front through Jack McCabe and a second Paul Walsh score had UL 0-8 to 0-6 in front heading into the final stages.

Darragh Kirwan did make it a one-point game but a sterling defensive effort from Declan Brouder’s UL side saw them to victory.

SCORERS – UL: Paul Keaney and Paul Walsh (0-1 free) 0-2 each, Cian McHale, Brian McNamara, Jack McCabe and Gearoid Hassett 0-1 each.

UL: Conor Flaherty (Galway); Caelim Keogh (Roscommon), Mark Dempsey (Kildare), Colm Moriarty (Kerry); Darragh Cashman (Cork), Cian Glennon (Roscommon), Daniel Walsh (Clare); Cathal Ryan (Kerry), Brian McNamara (Clare); Frank Irwin (Mayo); Paul Keaney (Leitrim), Darragh Heneghan (Roscommon); Paul Walsh (Kerry), Cian McHale (Mayo), Ciaran Downes (Clare); SUBS: Jack McCabe (Galway) for McHale (h-t), Gearoid Hassett (Kerry) for Keaney (40 mins), Eliah Riordan (Fr Caseys, Limerick) for Glennon (47 mins), Cian O’Grady (Kerry) for Downes (49 mins), Sean McDonnell (Cork) for Irwin (59 mins).