Fox on double but Galway must still beat champions UL in Fitzgibbon Cup
NUI Galway 3-18 DIT2-7
Two John Fox goals eased NUI Galway to victory at Dangan, but Tony Ward’s side will likely need a win against holders UL to progress to the last eight.
Fox’s brace added to Cathal Mannion’s 21st-minute strike gave NUI Galway a commanding half-time lead of 3-12 to 0-4, but Derek McNicholas’ penalty miss eight minutes from the break came at a crucial time.
DIT improved after the break as Jack Guiney and Jude Sweeney goaled, but it was easy for NUIG.
Scorers – NUI Galway: B Duggan 0-7 (5fs), J Fox 2-0, C Mannion 1-2, C Whelan 0-3, P Mannion, N O’Brien, O Donnellan 0-2. DIT: J Guiney, J Sweeney 1-0, D McNicholas (0-1 pen), G Whelan 0-2, AJ Murphy, C O’Donoghue (‘65’), L Chin 0-1 each.
NUI Galway – C Tuohy; C Ryan, B Fitzpatrick, G Forde; S Cooney, J Hanbury, P Mannion; N O’Brien, O Donnellan; B Duggan, K McHugo, M Mullins; J Fox, C Whelan, C Mannion. Subs: E Brannigan for O’Brien (43), R Taylor for Fox (46), L Kilcline for Cooney (53), A Helebert for Mullins (53), R Lane for Donnellan (60).
DIT – P McKenna; S McClelland, T Doyle, C Robinson; D Guinan, W Irish, S Barrett; G Whelan, L Chin; R Greville, J Guiney, C Sheehan; AJ Murphy, D McNicholas, D Mottram. Subs: J Sweeney for Murphy (h-t), C O’Donoghue for Mottram (39), E McInerney for Sheehan (41).
Ref – K McGeeney (Roscommon).