Four-goal IT Carlow see of challenge of Limerick students
IT Carlow 4-17 Mary Immaculate College 1-17
IT Carlow claimed second spot in Group C of the Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup on score-difference, following a nine-point home win over Mary Immaculate College tonight.
Laois’s Stephen Maher fired 1-10, including IT Carlow’s fourth goal, in a game where IT Carlow took control on the score-board in the second quarter.
Wind assisted, Mary Immaculate College got off to the perfect start, and led by 0-4 to 0-0 after five minutes, with David Reidy, Stephen Cahill and Daragh O'Donovan on target.
IT Carlow fought back, with a brace of first quarter goals laying the platform for victory.
Kilkenny's Chris Bolger netted two goals inside 11 minutes, as IT Carlow claimed an early 2-2 to 0-4 lead.
Bolger’s first strike levelled the tie at 1-1 to 0-4, before the Clara clubman smashed home a second goal four minutes later.
Mary Immaculate fought back with a trio of unanswered scores, including points from Reidy, Declan Hannon and Curran to cut the gap to the minimum after 17 minutes.
IT Carlow replied with a goal from Jack Fagan to ensure a 3-3 to 0-7 lead after 21 minutes.
The Meath man kicking the ball to the net past Mary I keeper Mike Brown, after a long ball was landed on top of the full-forward line.
Mary Immaculate responded with a Seamus Kennedy score after 21 and a half minutes, but IT Carlow fired five unanswered points in eight minutes.
Kilkenny’s Aidan Fogarty; Stephen Maher from Laois, Kelly and Conor Doughan ensured a 3-8 to 0-8 lead, before Mary Immaculate finished the half with a pointed free from Reidy.
3-8 to 0-9 ahead at the interval, IT Carlow failed to ease up in the second half
Maher adding to his first half tally of four points, with the hosts fourth goal on the restart.
DJ Carey’s charges moved 13 points clear by the 42 minute, but Mary Immaculate weren’t keen to lie down without a fight.
A Declan Hannon goal helped cut the gap to nine points entering the final 10 minutes.
However, IT Carlow stood firm to record a nine-point win, with Maher bringing his tally to 1-10 by the final whistle.
IT CARLOW: Conor Clancy; Ciaran Doyle, Michael Ryan, James Gannon; Will Young, Conor Doughan (0-2, 2f), Dwayne Palmer; Ian Byrne, Aidan Fogarty (0-1); Martin Kavanagh, Michael Harney, Stephen Maher (1-10, 4f); Jack Fagan (1-2), Kevin Kelly (0-1), Chris Bolger (2-0). Subs: James Doyle (0-1) for K Kelly (53); Bill Staunton for Palmer (58); Ed Prendergast for I Byrne (60); Dale O’Hanlon for W Young (60).
MARY IMMACULATE COLLEGE: Mike Brown; Liam Corry, Colm Barry, Andrew Ryan; Ritchie English, John Meagher, Tom Stapleton; Seamus Kennedy (0-1), Ronan Maher (0-2); David Reidy (0-5, 5f), Declan Hannon (1-2), Daragh O’Donovan (0-1); Niall O’Meara, Daragh Corry (0-2), Stephen Cahill (0-2). Subs: Sean Curran for N O’Meara (12); Tadgh Gallagher for T Stapleton (38); Eoin Quirke for S Kennedy (38); Sean Linnane for D O’Donovan (38); Daragh O’Donovan for D Hannon (56).
REFEREE: Johnny Ryan (Tipperary)