Wednesday 18 October 2017

Star-studded University of Limerick to oust Belfield boys

Tony Kelly - who was the centre half forward on the Bord Gais Energy U-21 team of the 2014 - should be available for University of Limerick's clash with UCD. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Tony Kelly - who was the centre half forward on the Bord Gais Energy U-21 team of the 2014 - should be available for University of Limerick's clash with UCD. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Brian Lohan's University of Limerick side were widely tipped as potential winners of the competition given their heavyweight line-up and they have so far lived up to that billing.

Comprehensive wins over NUI Galway and GMIT as well as a battling draw with UCC that dumped the fancied Cork side out of the competition mean they are well placed going into the last eight of the independent.ie sponsored tournament.

Clare pair Tony Kelly (above) and David McInerney didn't play for the Banner last weekend but they should be available today, while Tipperary's John McGrath and Jason Forde are also important cogs in the wheel.

UCD are managed by Tipperary legend Nicky English and the Belfield college are chasing their first title since 2001.

Their cause is hampered significantly by the injury to Wexford star Conor McDonald but they still can look to the likes of his fellow county man Matthew O'Hanlon and Cillian Buckley (Kilkenny).

Defeat to CIT meant they faced an away quarter-final and that could tip things in UL's favour as they bid to reach the weekend of the competition that is being hosted by crosstown rivals Limerick IT.

UL v UCD, UL Grounds, 3.00pm, B Kelly (Westmeath)

Odds: UL 1/4, UCD 10/3, Draw 11/1

Verdict: UL

Irish Independent

Independent.ie Comments Facility

INM has taken the decision to remove the commenting facility on its online platform Independent.ie to minimise the legal risk to our business that arises from Ireland's draconian libel awards system.

We continue to look forward to receiving comments through direct email contact or via social media, some of which may still be featured on the website Independent.ie


Editor's Choice

Also in Sport