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Sigerson Cup: UL Qualify For Quarter-Finals With Big Win Over SETU Carlow

Sigerson Cup: UL Qualify For Quarter-Finals With Big Win Over SETU Carlow
By Michael Bolton Updated
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In the third round of the Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup, University of Limerick secured their place in the knockout stages with a comfortable 4-10 to 1-4 victory over SETU Carlow.

After last week's shock defeat to TU Dublin on penalties, last year's runners-up had to win tonight to reach the quarter-finals, and did so with ease.

It was the Limerick college who started the game with more intent, with Emmet McMahon scoring three points in the opening 15 minutes, as they opened up a 0-5 to 0-1 lead.

UL were dominant through the first half, and went into the interval with a 0-7 to 0-2 despite the Carlow's college best efforts to get back into the game.

Still looking to make a statement going into the quarters, UL had their first goal through Aaron Griffin in the 34th minute, which truly opened the floodgates.

Clare's Ciaran Downes, who was instrumental in their win, scored two goals in the space of seven minutes, with his first coming in the 39th minute as the Limerick college found their groove as they had a 3-8 to 0-3 lead in the 46th minute.

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SETU Carlow had a consolation goal through Tommy Griffin, but UL had their fourth goal through Sean McDonell five minutes later, as UL got their Sigerson Cup back on track.

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In tonight's other game between ATU Sligo and MTU Cork, in a tight but entertaining encounter.

Westmeath's Fola Ayorinde was the standout player for the Sligo college, scoring the first of his two goal in the sixth minute.

However, MTU Cork responded immediately with a goal from Dylan O'Connor. The Cork college scored the next three points to open up a 1-4 to 1-0 lead after 16 minutes, with Ryan O'Donovan key to their attack.

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Ayoirande had his second goal after 18 minutes with both sides going back fourth for the remainder of the half as MTU Cork took a 1-7 to 2-3 lead at the interval.

The Cork side came out stronger in the second half and had their second goal through Eanna O'Hanlon, with a 2-8 to 2-4 lead after 41 minutes.

The Sligo side had themselves within a point through Aaron Kelleghen in the 57th minute, but a late 1-3 rally from the Cork college that included a goal from David O'Connor.

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SEE ALSO: Sigerson Cup Third Round Set As University Of Ulster Fight Back Fight Back To Beat ATU Donegal 

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