Four men from Roscommon helped the IT Sligo Hurlers to an impressive 4-12 to 0-13 win over GMIT Letterfrack in the Fergal Maher Cup Final this afternoon.
Cathal Dolan and Conor Coyle of Four Roads Hurling Club, Cathal Kenny of Oran Hurling Club and Dylan Keaveney of Tremane Hurling Club all played their part in the Institute’s first Fergal Maher Cup victory,
which formed part of the Higher Education Hurling Finals at the Cork Institute of Technology.
The team, managed by Sligo senior hurling boss, Declan Loughnane, defeated St Mary’s University College, Belfast, in Friday’s semi-final. They then followed that up with another stirring display in Saturday’s final with man of the match Jack Galvin, a recent Sports Scholarship recipient at IT Sligo and intercounty hurler with Westmeath, scoring 3-6 of the Institute’s tally.
“It was one of those weekends when everything went according to plan,” said a delighted Declan afterwards. We knew at the start of the year that we had a decent team but, between club commitments and injuries, we never got all the players during during the campaign. However, when we needed them, each man from keeper to corner forward stepped up to the plate. Their work rate from start to finish was tremendous”.
Paying tribute to the hurlers success, IT Sligo GAA Club secretary Brian McCann said: “This is the Institute’s third hurling championship success but our first time to lift the Fergal Maher Cup.”
“We’re also very appreciative to our sponsors AIB – and to the Friends of IT Sligo hurling group which comprises past players and students of the Institute,” he added.They played a key role in recent months in helping to raise important funds for the team in advance of the competition.”