Mary Immaculate lay down a marker
MARY IMMACULATE 2-14 GMIT 1-8
Mary Immaculate produced a strong finish in Carnmore to book their place in the quarter-finals.
GMIT started the better and Aidan Lynch notched their goal on eight minutes. However, the winners responded by hitting 1-5 without reply to seize control, Luke O'Farrell blasting home their goal after 14 minutes.
O'Farrell, man-of-the- match Colm Galvin, John Conlon (2) and Brian O'Halloran all landed points to enable Mary I to lead at the break, 1-8 to 1-2.
The third quarter was hard fought, with four points divided equally, but then a burst of GMIT pressure had Mary I in some bother.
Scores from Paul Hoban and Conor O'Donnell brought GMIT to within three, but William Hickey struck a crucial 57th minute goal for Mary I and Conlon (2) and O'Halloran then lofted over the insurance points for Eamon Cregan's improving side.
SCORERS – Mary Immaculate: J Conlon 0-7 (5f), W Hickey, L O'Farrell 1-1 each, C Galvin, B O'Halloran 0-2 each, D Hannon 0-1 ('65'). GMIT: A Lynch 1-0, T Haran 0-3 (3f), K Lane, P Hoban (f), S Lawless (f), D Cooney, C O'Donnell 0-1 each.
MARY IMMACULATE – S Nolan; C Fennessy, R O'Donnell, A Ryan; J Wall, D Hannon, E Hogan; C Galvin, K Fitzgerald; S Curran, W Hickey, N O'Meara; B O'Halloran, J Conlon, L O'Farrell. Subs: L Considine for Fitzgerald (42), E Hogan for O'Farrell (58), T McGrath for Fennessy (59), D O'Carroll for Hannon (60).
GMIT – J Keane; B Hunt, S Coughlan, G O'Halloran; B Mulrooney, P Hoban, M Donoghue; G Brennan, K Feeney; K Lane, J Kilkenny, A Lynch; C O'Donnell, S Lawless, T Haran. Subs: D Cooney for Haran (40), C Kennedy for Feeney (46), C Kennedy for Lane (56).
REF – B Gavin (Offaly).