Fitzgibbon Cup quarter-finals review

Fitzgibbon Cup quarter final review 16th February 2011

UL 0-15 UCD 0-12

Torrential rain spoilt what was expected to be the tie of the round in this Fitzgibbon Cup clash between UL and UCD at Plassey on Tuesday afternoon.

Despite the conditions, a close game was the order of the day as both sides battled hard to stay in the competition. In the finish, UL just had the stronger resolve and outscored their opponents in the second half after the teams were level 0-8 apiece after 28 minutes.

Offaly star Shane Dooley got the opening score of the game for UL and Paul Kelly and Pat Cronin added on two more points before Conor Allis opened the scoring for UCD. Tipperary’s Noel McGrath then hit a fantastic sideline cut for UCD and followed up with a free to leave only a point between the sides.

Dooley again pointed for UL before Bill Beckett stretched the lead even further. Andrew Quinn then scored for UL within seconds of the restart but Noel McGrath tied it up from a free and when he added another after seven minutes it put UCD in front for the first time in the game.

Paul Kelly levelled again and from then on Limerick were the stronger side, if only just. The home side finished stronger with a point from play by Dooley, which left his side 0-14 to 0-11 in front midway through the half. McGrath scored a free but then missed an easier chance and Dooley had the last point of the afternoon.

Scorers – UL: S Dooley 0-7 (4f, 1’65′), D Burke, P Kelly, A Quinn 0-2 each, P Cronin, B Beckett 0-1 each. UCD: N McGrath 0-10 (8f, 1 s-l), C Allis, L Rushe 0-1 each.

UL – T Lowry; M Malone, M Walsh, S Hickey; P Stapleton, B Bugler, K Joyce; D Burke, P Cronin; J Gallagher, B Beckett, S Dooley; K Morris, P Kelly, A Quinn. Subs: PJ Delaney for Malone, B Carroll for Gallagher, P Murphy for Beckett, N O’Murchu for Morris, T Connors for Quinn.

UCD – J Ryan; J Doyle, S Cummins, O Gough; S Norton, N Prenderfast, E O’Shea; J O’Loughlin, D Fox; C Allis, L Rushe, D O’Connor; N McGrath, K Hogan, W Walsh. Subs: C Macgiolla Bhride for Rushe, J Foley for Allis.

Ref – A Kelly (Galway)

Cork IT 1-11

St Pats 1-09

Ryan Clifford hit seven points as Cork IT beat St Patrick’s Mater Dei of Drumcondra yesterday afternoon to reach the semi-finals of the Fitzgibbon Cup.

The home side made the better start and looked like winning with ease, but to their credit St Pat’s never gae up and could have stolen this tie at the death. Kilkenny’s Colin Fennelly scored a goal for CIT inside 40 seconds, and points from Patrick O’Connor(two), Fennelly and Clifford had the Cork clear after 15 minutes.

St Pat’s struggled despite playing with the wind, and were hitting far too many wides. However,three points in a row, including two by Tom Breen, brought them back into the game and at half-time they trailed by 1-6 to 0-4.

Seven minutes into the second half, the lead was just a point,1-7 to 1-6, after Ian Duggan hit a St Pat’s goal. Kehoe and Clifford swapped points to keep the game a close contest. At the finish the home side just had enough in hand and they qualified for the semi finals.

Scorers — Cork IT: R Clifford 0-7 (6f), C Fennelly 1-1, P O’Connor 0-2(2f), C Casey 0-1. St Patrick’s Mater Dei: P Kehoe 0-5 (5f), I Duggan 1-0, T Breen, J Farrell 0-2 each.

Cork IT – T Quaid; J O’Callaghan, E Dillon, J Herlihy; S McDonnell, R Cashman, C Leahy; S White, L McLoughlin; P O’Connor, C Casey, M Bowles; M O’Sullivan, C Fennelly, R Clifford. Subs: P Gould for White (43), S Corcoran for O’Sullivan (48), E Cronin for Casey (58), S Daniels for Herlihy (60).

St Pats – E Reilly; D Wafer, A Murphy, N Ring; M Quilty, B Travers, C Whelan; I Duggan, L Ryan; C Maher, J Farrell, A Dermody; G Spollen, P Kehoe, T Breen. Subs: N Breen for Dermody (43), B Timmons for Spollen (48), Spollen for Duggan (50-51, blood).

Ref – P Casey (Waterford).

UCC 0-16

GMIT 0-8

UCC are through to the semi-finals of the Fitzgibbon Cup after beating GMIT in their quarter final clash at Carnmore yesterday.

The Cork side were always in control, yet they never quite managed to finish off a GMIT fifteen who only managed one point from play in the whole game but always looked likely to stage a big comeback if they could get a goal.

UCC only were only behind once, when Mayo’s Kenny Feeney hit the first point of the game and with six players finding the target , in addition to free-takers Kevin Keehan and Egan, they were always comfortable.

Two points from Daniel Roche and one each from Shane Bourke and James Cassin saw UCC lead by 0-10 to 0-4 at half time, with all of the home side’s points coming from frees by Feeney.

UCC started the second period the stronger with another point from Bourke and Keehan’s fourth free of the game. GMIT had enough possession to force a tight finish but lacked penetration and accuracy. Eight wides to UCC’s three says it all and their only point from play in the contest came from Colin Egan.

Scorers – UCC: K Keehan 0-4 (4f), L O’Farrell 0-3, D Roche, S Bourke, D Brosnan 0-2 each, W Egan (f), D Honan, J Cassin 0-1 each. GMIT: K Feeney 0-4 (4f), T Flannery 0-3f, C Egan 0-1.

UCC – D McCarthy; C O’Sullivan, P O’Loughlan, M Cahill; J Nagle, B O’Sullivan, W Egan; P O’Mahony, D Roche; S Bourke, K Keehan, D Brosnan; D Honan, J Cassin, G Mulcahy.Subs: L O’Farrell for Cassin (38), S O’Farrell for Roche (47), D Kearney for Brosnan (52), S Harnedy for Keehan (57).

GMIT – J Keane; T Martin, C Flannery, G O Halloran; D Maher, G Mahon, S Hynes; K Waters, W McNamara; D Loughnane, C Egan, A Lynch; K Feeney, R Badger, J Liddy. Subs: C Hands for Martin (24), T Flannery for Badger (37), J O’Gorman for Feeney (45), N Mannion for Loughnane (52), C Cannon for Liddy (57).

Ref – M Haverty (Galway)

Limerick IT 6-16

NUIG 0-9

Bernard Gaffney was the Limerick IT hero, hitting 3-3 as his team booked their semi final place with an easy win over NUIG in Limerick yesterday.

Willie Hyland opened the scoring in the first minute and this was followed by a Gaffney free. Hyland scored again three minutes later before Stephen Lambert made it 0-4 to 0-0.

Lambert set up the next Limerick point after eight minutes and then two goals in as many minutes killed the game off.

Sean Tobin, Sean Collins and Donie Reale combined to create the first of Gaffney’s goals after 10 minutes and then, seconds later, Collins added number two after breaching the NUIG defence. A ’65′ from Caiman Morey and a point from Pat Kelly were all NUIG could muster and by half-time LIT led by 4-11 to 0-4.

Gaffney pointed a free after the restart and when he scored his second goal minutes later UL led 5-12 to 0-4. James McInerney scored the last point of the game before Gaffney added his side’s sixth goal when he kicked the ball to the net.

Scorers – Limerick IT: B Gaffney 3-3 (0-2f) S Collins, P Browne, Tobin 1-1 each, W Hyland 0-4, D Reale; S Lambert 0-2 each, J McInerney, P O’Brien 0-1 each. NUIG: C Morey 0-4 (3f), N Burke 0-2, P Kelly, J Conlon, G Kelly 0-1 each.

Limerick IT – M Ryan; E Glynn, C Cowan, C Cooney; P Donnellan, J McInerney, J O’Keeffe; P Browne, P O’Brien; S Collins, W Hyland, D Reale; S Lambert, B Gaffney, S Tobin. Subs: G Power for W Hyland, B Glynn for P Browne, for J Hayes for J McInerney, M McMahon for P O’Brien.

NUIG – D Tuohy; D Nash, P Gordan, S McCormack; P Kelly, P Nihill, M Keating; E Noone, D O’Donovan; R Shanahan, J Conlon, JP O’Connell; G Kelly, C Morey, N Burke. Subs: M Kelly for P Nihill, S Glynn for E Noone, J O’Gorman for R Shanahan, S Brennan for G Kelly.

Ref – B Gavin (Offaly)


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