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Guiney stars as UCD send out warning

UCD 2-13 Limerick IT 0-11

Published 01/02/2013 | 05:00

WEXFORD'S Jack Guiney put Limerick IT to the sword in Belfield as UCD got off to a winning start, despite being without injured Kilkenny trio John Tennyson, Cillian Buckley and Walter Walsh.

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The sides were level six times in the opening half before Tipp star Noel McGrath edged UCD a point clear at half-time, 0-8 to 0-7.

Gary Guilfoyle restored parity early in the second half but goals from Kilkenny's Michael Brennan and Guiney, who notched 1-3, all from play, ensured a routine success for UCD.

The Belfield boys haven't won the Fitzgibbon Cup since 2001, and last contested a final in 2006, but that long wait could be about to end for the 30-times winners.

Scorers – UCD: J Guiney 1-3, N McGrath 0-4 (3f), M Brennan 1-0, P Murphy 0-2, J Gannon, O Gough, G Sinnott, D Fox 0-1 each. LIT: G Guilfoyle 0-6 (4f, 2 '65s'), S Collins 0-4 (1f), P Hickey 0-1.

UCD – B Murphy; J Dougan, S Norton, R O'Carroll; C Allis, W Phelan, J Gannon; N McGrath, O Gough; G Sinnott, P Murphy, J Guiney; D Fox, M Brennan, C Kenny. Subs: D Mulligan for Kenny (47), R Kelly for Brennan (54), B O'Carroll for Allis (58), M McCaffrey for Gough (58), A O'Dowd for Norton (59).

LIT – A Fahy; A Dempsey, P Begley, C Barrett; P Ahern, J O'Keeffe, P Flaherty; P O'Brien, E O'Sullivan; J Fitzgibbon, S Collins, C Madden; G Guilfoyle, S O'Brien, P Hickey. Subs: J Guilfoyle for Madden (33), P Greene for O'Sullivan (44), P Dalton for S O'Brien (58), R O'Shaughnessy for G Guilfoyle (58).

Ref – A Stapleton (Laois).

Irish Independent

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