FIVE DONEGAL PLAYERS helped NUI Maynooth University’s Freshers ‘B’ team to All-Ireland ‘C’ Championship honours with an impressive eight-point win at DCU today.
Maynooth University 2-16 DCU 1-11
Aaron McCarron from Carndonagh, Oisin Shiels of Gaeil Fhánada, St Eunan’s Padraig McAleer and Killybegs’ Conan Shine all started for the north Kildare University, while Aidan Hanley from Letterkenny Gaels featured as a substitute in the second half.
Photo caption: The Maynooth side celebrate their victory over DCU this afternoon in the Freshers’ All-Ireland ‘C’ Championship final. Photo: Cóilín Duffy
Conor Coll, also Letterkenny Gaels, was a panel member and his clubmates Sean McDonagh and Cormac Cannon were on the backroom team.
DCU led by 0-7 to 0-3 after 20 minutes, but Maynooth launched a solid comeback and moved 1-8 to 0-8 ahead at half-time, with McCarron netting a 27th minute goal.
McAleer was also on target with two first-half points, while Shiels performed well in the midfield sector.
Maynooth moved 1-11 to 0-8 ahead inside four minutes of the restart, following a McAleer point, but DCU never gave up.
Letterkenny Gaels clubmates Conor Coll and Aidan Hanley in the colours of NUI Maynooth
A goal from midfielder Elliott Craig dragged them back into contention, and following another point the gap was cut to two after 40 minutes.
The inclusion of Shane Cannon in the 44th minute added greatly for DCU, and the Four Masters clubman won a free soon after his introduction.
However, Maynooth hit 1-5 without reply, with Dublin’s Marc Sharkey netting their second goal, while Shiels was among their point scorers, to ensure a 2-16 to 1-9 lead with five minutes remaining.
DCU pressed hard at the Maynooth defence in the closing minutes, with little reward, adding just two points, as Maynooth held out for an eight-point win.
Westmeath’s Bobby Gonoud was the victorious Maynooth captain.Tags: