The Sigerson Cup champions from 2018 are still standing after Laois forward Evan O’Carroll inspired them to a win over rivals DCU in Belfield tonight.
They Crettyard forward has been in brilliant form for club and county so far this year and he continued that as UCD ran out 10-point winners, with O’Carroll racking up 1-7.
UCD played against the wind in the first half but they got off to a great start with Conn O’Callaghan and Conor McCarthy kicking points before O’Carroll sent Dublin keeper Evan Comerford the wrong way from the spot after UCD had been awarded a penalty.
O’Carroll added a free but DCU got going after that and scored a great goal along with three points to level matters by the midpoint of the half.
But O’Carroll kicked two more frees and a point from play before half time to leave DCU ahead by 1-8 to 1-6 at the break.
UCD had the wind at their backs in the second half and they blew their opponents out of the water.
A goal from wing back Cian O’Connor set them on their way while O’Carroll added another three points as UCD won by 2-16 to 1-9.
That win sets up a rematch of the final from last year as UCD will now meet NUIG who defeated UUJ by 1-8 to 1-7 this evening.
Elsewhere, there was bad news for Laois players involved in today’s other quarter final games.
This afternoon, Maynooth’s campaign ended in Dundalk when they lost out by two point to St Mary’s.
St Joseph’s James Kelly, who was on the bench for Laois against Louth last Saturday, started full back and despite his best efforts, Maynooth went out on a 0-15 to 0-13 scoreline.
Meanwhile, IT Carlow are also out as they lost heavily to UCC.
The side, which featured Stradbally’s Eoin Buggie, Park-Ratheniska’s Richie Hitchcock and Ballyroan-Abbey’s Diarmuid Whelan, trailed by 2-14 to 0-2 at half-time.
And things didn’t get any better in the second half as UCC ran out 4-21 to 0-5 winners in the end.
Check out the semi final line up below:
SEMI FINALS – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16
UCD v NUIG
UCC v St Mary’s