UCD 1-13 NUIG 2-9
Higher Education Sigerson Cup Final
For the second time in the last 24 hours, there are All-Ireland college football medals on their way back to Laois.
Yesterday, five Laois lads were part of the Carlow Institute of Further Education team that beat National College of Ireland in the Corn Comhairle Ardoideachais Final.
And today, another four Laois lads were part of the UCD team which lifted the Sigerson Cup for the second time in the last three years.
Crettyard’s Evan O’Carroll and Killeshin’s Eoin Lowry started the game while the St Joseph’s pair of Aidan Brennan and Brian Daly were on the bench.
Today’s victory is an extra special one for Eoin Lowry as it is his second time to win the top competition in college football having lifted the trophy in 2016 with UCD.
It caps an incredible weekend for all in the Lowry household as Eoin’s younger brother Evan notched 2-2 in Carlow IFE’s triumph yesterday.
UCD started this game slowly. NUIG were by far the better team early on with Galway’s Damien Comer tormenting UCD to open a 0-5 to 0-1 lead.
But Monaghan’s Conor McCarthy’s sparkled UCD into life and shot 1-2 without reply to give the Dublin college the lead for the first time.
Evan O’Carroll and Eoin Lowry chipped in with a point each but a late Eoin Gallagher free sent the sides in level at the break – 1-5 to 0-8.
UCD were much better on the resumption of play with Con O’Callghan and Conor McCarthy keeping the scoreboard ticking.
However, NUIG scored two goals within a couple of minutes of each other to back in front as we entered the final five minutes of the game.
UCD needed a hero and Tipperary’s Liam Casey was that man. He fisted them level before kicking over what would be the winning score as we entered three minutes of injury time.
UCD kept the ball for virtually all of the added time before being crowned winners.