There was a huge shock in the Sigerson Cup this evening as Technological University Dublin defeated University of Limerick on penalties.
In the only game to go ahead tonight due to weather conditions, TU Dublin and UL were level 1-17 to 3-11 after extra-time, with the Dublin college winning 3-1 on penalties.
After University of Limerick built up a quick 1-3 to 0-1 after 16 minutes it looked like it would be a comfortable victory.
However, after Sean Guiden's 21st minute goal, it gave TU Dublin a lifeline, but UL still went in with a 1-9 to 1-3 lead at the interval, with Mayo's Connell Dempsey scoring 1-2.
The second half saw a massive resurgence from TU Dublin, with two goals from Guiden and Cian Grimes saw them score 2-5 without reply, and looked on course for victory.
The action didn't finish there, as four lat points from University of Limerick, with Clare's Ciaran Downes scoring a point in the 65th minute to bring the game to extra time, with the sides level at 1-14 to 3-8.
The drama didn't stop at extra-time as Guiden continued to score vital points to drive his side to a huge victory. It looked like University of Limerick won it when midfielder Paul Kearney scored a point to put them ahead in the final moments.
If there is one thing this game taught us, it was these two sides never knew when they were beaten, and Killian McGinnis scoring a last minute point to send the game to a penalty shoot-out.
In a rare penalty-shoot-out in the Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup, it was who Joshua Finlay saved the first penalty, UL missed two more, while Guiden, Shane Cunnane and McGinnis all found the net to send the Dublin university through.
TUD INTO SIGERSON CUP QUARTER-FINALS AFTER WIN ON PENALTIES OVER UL😳✅
TUD have pulled off a major shock defeating last year’s beaten finalists. It was a thrilling encounter with an incredible second-half comeback from TUD, before a late resurgence from UL at two stages. pic.twitter.com/OKyVeiRaOP
— GAA Editz (@Gaa_editz) January 17, 2023
While the Dublin college are through to the quarter finals, UL will have to make do with a second chance in the coming weeks.
Photos by Paul Lundy