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

NUIG 2-12
Cork IT 1-12

Published 17/02/2010 | 05:00

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

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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).

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