Offaly GAA prospect helps UL to shock Sigerson win over Dublin kingpins
An up-and-coming Edenderry footballer helped the University of Limerick stun one of the Sigerson Cup favourites in the first round of the college competition on Wednesday evening, January 16.
Business student Mark Abbott was part of the UL set-up that went to Grangegorman and defeated the home side, Technological University, Dublin - formerly Dublin IT.
The final score was UL 1-13, TU Dublin 1-12.
Clare senior footballer Keelan Sexton was the hero for the Limerick side with a return of 1-10 - seven of those points from frees. Elsewhere in the UL scoring charts; Eoghan Lawless notched 0-2 and Plunkett Maxwell 0-1.
Managed by Declan Brouder and coached by Tommy Stack, UL now await their next opponents on January 30. Potential opponents are IT Carlow, Cork IT, UCD or DCU.
In this round one win, the sides were level 1-7 each at half time.
TU Dublin, who had All-Ireland SFC winner Brian Howard in their ranks, raced into an early 0-3 to 0-1 lead.
But UL steadied with Sexton and Eoghan Lawess points levelling the game at 0-3 each.
The sides were level, 0-5 each, when Sexton scored a fortuitous goal for the Limerick students.
A Ronan O'Toole goal just before half time ensured the sides were deadlocked at the break.
An O'Toole point had the Dublin side 1-10 to 1-9 ahead mid-way through the second half but UL finished strongly to advance.