Captain Coone saves the day for NUIG
Dublin IT 1-8
NUIG skipper Finian Coone converted a last minute free to give his side a winning start to the tournament in wet conditions at Dangan, Galway yesterday.
Dublin IT had two late chances to salvage a draw, but Paul Ryan hit the post with a free from the right-wing and wing-back Michael Maloney was short with a '65' with the game's last puck.
The Galway college seemed poised for an easy win when they raced into a 0-4 to 0-0 lead after just five minutes and they led by 0-9 to 0-3 at the break, with Coone and Galway centre-back John Lee picking off some great points.
But Dublin IT never gave up and a couple of points from Kilkenny star Willie O'Dwyer hauled them back into contention.
A delivery from David Treacy broke in front of the NUIG goal after 49 minutes and Dublin star Ryan pounced to level the match with a first-time strike.
It remained that way until the closing minutes as both sides missed chances due to the tricky conditions, but Coone emerged as the NUIG hero with his late clinching score.
SCORERS -- NUIG: F Coone 0-6 (0-3f), J Lee 0-2, D O'Donovan, S Hennessy, D Barrett, J O'Gorman 0-1 each. Dublin IT: P Ryan 1-4 (0-3f), W O'Dwyer 0-2, P Kelly, H Kehoe 0-1 each.
NUIG -- D Tuohy; D Nash, P Nihill, N Casey; D O'Donovan, J Lee, P Kelly; D Connolly, S Hennessy; D Barrett, K Keehan, K Heagney; G Kelly, F Coone, J O'Gorman. Subs: S Quinlan for Kelly, 47 mins; P Gordon for Casey 54, E Noone for Connolly 60.
Dublin IT -- F McGarry; C O'Shaughnessy, T Brady, E Costello; M Maloney, S Walsh, P Lynch; P Phelan, J Clarke; P Kelly, P Hartley, W O'Dwyer; P Morris, H Kehoe, P Ryan. Subs: F Cullen for Phelan, 33 mins; D O'Dwyer for Morris 44, D Treacy for Kelly 44.
Ref -- A Kelly (Galway).