A Tiny Belfast College Shocks Sports Fans By Beating UCD In Sigerson Cup Final

A Tiny Belfast College Shocks Sports Fans By Beating UCD In Sigerson Cup Final

This is the stuff dreams are made of.

Have you ever heard of St Mary's University in Belfast? Well, in the college sporting world they're the name on everyone's lips as a college of 1000 students have beaten UCD, a college of 25,000 students, for the Sigerson Cup at the Connacht GAA Centre last Sunday.

Let's put this into perspective though, St Mary's is similar to a secondary school, while UCD has a huge 133-hectare campus in Belfield containing a state-of-the-art student and sports centre with a 50-metre swimming pool, two fully-equipped gyms and a team gym as well as extensive other sports facilities.

According to, UCD have won 33 Sigerson Cup titles, compared to St Mary's who've won just one back in 1989. They took the title on a score of 0-13 to 2-6 in the final minutes and boy is it a true underdog story or what.

Myler, one of the St Mary's players spoke to TG4 after the match it what can only be described as an amazing feat;

'We spoke about this thing of a small college not being able to compete. 850 students, 200-odd lads, we were definitely fighting against the odds. But if you kick a dog often enough it will bite back. This is a special bunch of lads.'


If this video doesn't highlight what the win meant to coach Paddy Tally, we don't know what will. (via Jerome Quinn Media):


(Main Image: Matt Browne/Sportsfile)

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Ciara Finnegan

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