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Thursday 27 July 2017

Conlon's first touch seals top spot for NUIG after fightback

NUIG 2-12
Cork IT 1-12

Goals from Seamus Hennessy and John Conlon enabled NUIG to overcome a seven-point half-time deficit and seal top place in the group.

Cork IT, needing to win in Dangan to have any chance of staying in the competition, dominated the first period and led 1-10 to 0-6 at the break.

NUIG made a positional switch that paid instant dividends as John Lee and Hennessy combined to set up Domhnaill O'Donovan for a marvellous point.

Hennessy was perfectly positioned to blast home for the Galway side from close range and then Conlon crashed in a second goal with his first touch after coming on.

That put the Galway students ahead for the first time and they held on in a thrilling finish.

Scorers -- NUIG: F Coone 0-7 (2f, 2 '65'), S Hennessy, J Conlon 1-0, P Gordon, D O'Donovan, G Kelly, J O'Gorman, B Daly 0-1 each. Cork IT: P Horgan 1-7 (0-5f, 0-1 '65'), B Corry, C Cusack 0-2, P Gould 0-1.

NUIG -- D Touhy; D Nash, N Casey, D Connolly; P Kelly, S Hennessy, P Gordon; J Lee, D O'Donovan; S Quinlan, K Keehan, F Coone; G Kelly, D Barrett, J O'Gorman. Subs: B Daly for Barrett, J Conlon for O'Gorman.

Cork IT -- J Condon; C Murphy, E Dillon, J O'Callaghan; L Desmond, R Cashman, S White; S McDonnell, B Lawton; P Gould, B Corry, C Fennelly; P Horgan, C Cusack, T Murphy. Subs: C Naughton for Lawton, T Murphy for McDonnell, A Mannix for White.

Ref -- M Haverty (Galway).

Irish Independent

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