Sunday 25 September 2016

Champions UL into Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup final after late salvo sees off UCD

Published 26/02/2016 | 15:10

John McGrath, University of Limerick, in action against James Madden, University College Dublin, and Pat Hannon, right, University College Dublin. Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup, Semi-Final, University of Limerick v University College Dublin, Cork IT, Bishopstown, Cork. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
John McGrath, University of Limerick, in action against James Madden, University College Dublin, and Pat Hannon, right, University College Dublin. Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup, Semi-Final, University of Limerick v University College Dublin, Cork IT, Bishopstown, Cork. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE

A brace of second half goals from John McGrath proved decisive as defending champions UL withstood a strong UCD challenge to progress to the Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup final.

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The Limerick side were two points down at the break and conceded early in the second thanks to a free from UCD’s Oisin O’Rourke, before scoring an unanswered 1-5.  In the 43rd minute McGrath conjured a vital goal as he redirected a free into the back of the net.

In what felt like the blink of an eye Brian Lohan's men were 1-12 to 0-10 to the good with the Tipperary trident of McGrath, Forde and Heffernan all on target.

Undaunted, UCD enjoyed a purple patch of their own with O’Rourke and James Maher contributing four points to make it a one point game with less than 10 minutes on the clock.

Tipp senior McGrath was quick to rise to the occasion though, and blasted home a fine major before turning provider for Heffernan, who also found the net and ultimately ended what was a compelling semi final at CIT.

UL will meet winner of Mary I and LIT

 UL scorers: John McGrath 2-5 (0-4f, 0-1 ’65), Tommy Heffernan 1-1, Tommy Morrissey, 0-4, Jason Forde 0-3 (0-3f), Cathal McInerney 0-1.

UCD scorers: Oisin O’Rorke 0-8 (0-7f, 0-1 ’65), James Maher 0-3, Colm Cronin, Padraic Guinan 0-2 each, Eoin Conroy 0-1.

Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork)

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