Sligo IT claimed a 0-10 to 0-7 extra-time victory
over James McCartan's Queen's University team
in Saturday's Datapac Sigerson Cup Final.
In the repeat of last year's
decider, the sides were level 0-3 apiece after
a tight first half in which Sligo's Jamie Murphy
was sent off in the 18th minute. Sligo had the
better of the third quarter but the Belfast University
fought back to level at 0-6 to 0-6 at the end
of normal time.
Queen's Kevin McGourty missed a glorious goal
chance late in extra-time when Sligo were leading
0-9 to 0-7.
Early on, Michael Doherty hit the opening score
of the game for Sligo in the second minute. Two
Brian Mallon points then edged Queen's ahead before
Michael Moyles levelled for the holders.
Murphy received a straight red-card
in the 18th minute after a clash with Burren's
Kevin McGourty then nudged Queen's
ahead with a long-range free but David Ward levelled
for Sligo in the 21st minute and the score remained
0-3 to 0-3 at the break.
Michael Doherty stormed through
the Queen's defence immediately after half-time
but his shot hit the crossbar.
Queen's Niall Bogue (left) battles for possession
with David Ward
Andy Moran did restore Sligo's
lead two minutes after the break and David Ward
then added to the holders' lead.
Queen's then earned a penalty
after James McGovern was pulled down but Brian
Mallon's effort was saved by Donegal goalkeeper
Queen's points from Mallon and
Ciaran O'Reilly levelled the match by the 53rd
Michael Doherty restored Sligo's
lead four minutes from time but John Turley brought
the match into extra-time with a 58th minute equaliser.
In extra-time, Michael Doherty
and Owen Gallagher hit points to put Sligo two
Points at either end from Brian
Mallon and Gallagher left Sligo 0-9 to 0-7 ahead
with two minutes of extra-time left.
Antrim county player McGourty
then had his glorious goal chance to put Queen's
ahead but he blasted wide and with that went the
Belfast team's last chance.
Donnacha Gallagher added a further
point for Sligo.