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Last Updated: Monday, 17 November, 2003, 08:31 GMT
Ulster claim Railway Cup title
Ulster skipper Paul McGrane and manager Brian McEniff with the cup
Ulster 0-14 Connacht 0-9

An outstanding display by Armagh's Steven McDonnell helped Ulster see off Connacht and take the Railway Cup at Enniskillen.

After a hard fought extra-time win over Leinster in Saturday's semi-final, Brian McEniff's side lifted their game again to win their eighth inter-provincial title in 13 years.

McDonnell was in outstanding form with eight of his side's total as they worked hard and led throughout the game.

Ulster made a superb start and were quickly 0-4 to 0-1 ahead but Connacht recovered from their poor start with Padraig Joyce and Sean Óg de Paor and Derek Savage all getting on target.

Down goalkeeper Michael McVeigh needed to be in excellent form, pulling off a superb save from Francie Grehan.

By half-time, Ulster led 6-5 and the sides swapped points again early in the second half.

But then Ulster hit four points in a row from Christy Toye, Enda Muldoon and two from McDonnell to turn the game their way and they never looked back after that.

McDonnell crowned a magnificent display with the last two points of the game to secure a Railway Cup medal to add to the Ulster GAA Writers and GPA Footballer of the Year awards he won recently.

"Things didn't go right for me in the semi-final but everything well in this one," admitted McDonnell after the match.

"After the disappointments of the All-Ireland final and the International Rules series, I am delighted to win a Railway Cup medal.

"It is a great honour to represent the province and we will try to keep the competition going," he said.

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