Galligan strike pivotal for Athlone
Athlone it 1-15
The torrential rain that doused Limerick City on Tuesday evening rendered underfoot conditions extremely difficult for this clash at the UL campus yesterday.
Forty-two frees were awarded over the course of the hour by referee Brian Tyrell, in a game that betrayed much honest endeavour for a want of fluidity and style.
In the end, it was the men from the midlands who best mastered the muck -- Cavan corner-forward Ray Galligan's 41st-minute goal being the crucial score -- as they saw off the challenge of the home side by a margin of seven.
The Westmeath side were in front at the break by one -- 0-7 to 0-6 -- and continued to cope with the conditions more effectively after the break to march on.
Scorers -- Athlone IT: R Galligan 1-5 (0-4f), P Doherty 0-3, D Egan, F Burke, J Reynolds 0-2 each, G Dennigan 0-1. University of Limerick: E Varley 1-5 (0-5f, 1-0 pen), P Austin, D Niblock, MT O'Sullivan 0-1 each.
Athlone IT -- G Connaughton; S Higgins, D Masterson, D Reynolds; M Mitchell, D Considine, K Smith; G Dennigan, B Connors; P Doherty, D Egan, A Burke; F Burke, J Reynolds, R Galligan. Subs: P Bannon for A Burke, C Duncan for F Burke.
University of Limerick -- S Thornton; F Fitzgerald, P Codd, R Brady; S Lonergan, G O'Donnell, D Rattigan; S O'Shea, A Moloney; M Cahalane, P Austin, P Larkin; E Varley, D Niblock, MT O'Sullivan. Subs: F Coffey for M Cahalane, B Fox for MT O'Sullivan, J Lyne for D Rattigan, P Kennelly for F Coffey, P Carroll for P Larkin.
Ref -- B Tyrell (Tipperary).