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Champions UL progress in Fitzgibbon Cup goal fest

University of Limerick 5-15 Mary Immaculate College 3-14

John Fallon

Published 04/02/2016 | 18:19

UL manager Brian Lohan
UL manager Brian Lohan

Eamon Cregan’s Mary I twice cut back huge leads in this entertaining Limerick derby but in the end were unable to close the deal against their neighbours.

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The ability of Brian Lohan’s men to find the net at crucial stages was a key factor in them chalking up their second win of the campaign.

They got a glorious start against the breeze when Tommy Heffernan struck for two goals in the opening five minutes to give UL a huge boost against the breeze.

Mary I, backed by a huge crowd on their home pitch, finally got moving when they were 2-6 to 0-3 behind after 19 minutes when Limerick’s Declan Hannon got through for his first goal to help cut the gap to 2-8 to 1-9 at the interval.

UL introduced Clare’s Cathal McInerney after the restart and the All-Ireland winner hit three points in less than four minutes as UL again pulled away with goals from a long range Jason Forde free and one from Pat Ryan pushing them 4-14 to 1-12 in front going into the final quarter.

However, a Sean Linnane goal sparked a revival by the home side and Hannon’s second goal set up the prospect of a remarkable comeback as UL’s eleven points advantage was whittled back to four.

But the revival was brought to a halt when Limerick’s Kevin O’Brien found the net on the closing stages.

Scorers: UL: T Heffernan 2-2, J McGrath 0-5 (2f, 1 ’65), J Forde 1-1 (1-1f), C McInerney 0-3, P Ryan 1-0, K O’Brien 1-0, D Fitzgerald 0-1, T Morrissey 0-1, C Martin 0-1, K Hehir 0-1.

Mary Immaculate: D Hannon 2-1, D O’Donovan 0-6 (4f), S Linnane 1-0, C Galvin 0-2, C Twomey 0-1, D Reidy 0-1, M O’Neill 0-1, T Stapleton 0-1, S Cahill 0-1.

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK: P Maher; S Finn, J Browne, S Roche; A McGuane, G Hegarty, B Stapleton; K Hehir, T Heffernan; J Forde, T Morrissey, C Martin; J McGrath, K O’Brien, D Fitzgerald. Subs: B Heffernan for Finn (28), C McInerney for Hegarty (30), P Ryan for Fitzgerald (47), L O’Sullivan for Morrissey (57).

MARY IMMACULATE COLLEGE: M O Conghaile; E Quirke, R English, A Flynn; C Twomey, J Meagher, R Maher; T Stapleton, C Galvin; D Reidy, D O’Donovan, M O’Neill; D Corry, D Hannon, S Cahill. Subs: S Linnane for Reidy (29), C Barry for O’Neill (45), S Taylor for Stapleton (50), M O’Loughlin for Cahill (51).

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)

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