Hammersley WIT's scoring ace
WIT powered their way past a subdued GMIT side at Ballygunner yesterday to get off to a winning start.
The men from the south east proved far too strong for a GMIT side, which was forced to field without their star centre-back Ger Mahon, who was controversially suspended after being sent-off in the Walsh Cup.
The visitors matched the home side in the early stages and took the lead in the 12th minute when corner-forward Ronan Madden finished to the WIT net after a mis-hit free from Jimmy Gelston.
But WIT proved to be a class above and grabbed a goal of their own five minutes later, when full-forward Kieran Grehan scored after he was put through by Timmy Hammersley and WIT led at the interval on a scoreline of 1-7 to 1-4.
In the second half, they blitzed their opponents and ran out easy winners with their second goal coming courtesy of Hammersley in the 57th minute.
Hammersley, along with Grehan and Ray McLoughney, made up a full-forward line which contributed 2-13 of the winning total.
Scorers -- WIT: T Hammersley 1-7 (0-6f), K Grehan 1-2, R McLoughney 0-4, W O'Dwyer, R McCarthy, J Gahan 0-1 each. GMIT: R Madden 1-2, J Gelston 0-3 (0-3f).
WIT -- A Power; B Kenny, S Fives, N Connors; W Hutchinson, E Barrett, PJ Rowe; M Molloy, W O'Dwyer; F O'Leary, K Reade, R Goode; T Hammersley, K Grehan, R McLoughney. Subs: R McCarthy for K Reade, J Gahan, for R Goode, B O'Meara for W O'Dwyer, S Power for R McLoughney, M Kearney for PJ Rowe.
GMIT -- A Ryan; S Hynes, C Flannery, G O'Halloran; P Sheehan, D Maher, N Rogers; T Flannery, A O'Shaughnessy; L Hands, C Egan, J Gelston; E Feeney, D Burke, R Madden. Subs: J Liddy for L Hands, J O'Gorman for D Burke, L Halpin for P Sheehan.
REF -- M Wadding (Waterford).