Tuesday 24 January 2017

Riordan strike vital


Published 28/02/2011 | 05:00

LIMERICK'S Fitzgibbon dominance was reflected in the second-tier decider on Saturday as eight Shannonsiders helped IT Tralee overcome Carlow IT in an entertaining clash.

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Eoin Ryan and Nickie Quaid starred at midfield for ITT as they defeated last year's winners, while in attack wing-forward James Riordan hit 1-3 for the newly crowned champions.

Aided by a stiff first-half breeze, ITT stormed 0-9 to 0-0 clear with less than 17 minutes on the watch before Carlow IT, boosted by sub Martin Hawley's 25th-minute goal, hit back to trail by 1-4 to 0-11 at half-time.

Carlow IT recovered to draw level twice during the second half but Riordan found the net in the 45th minute and four more unanswered points pushed IT Tralee into a match-winning advantage.

Scorers -- IT Tralee: J Riordan 1-3, E Ryan 0-5 (4f, 1 '65'), M Kiely 0-3, N Quaid, T Downes 0-2 each, M Deegan, F Kennedy 0-1 each. Carlow IT: M Hawley 1-2, M Egan 0-5 (5f), C Kenny 0-3, C English 0-2, B Harding, O Walsh, R Doyle (f) 0-1 each.

IT TRALEE -- G Murphy; M Rea, O Gately, P Moriarty; M Cleary, M Deegan , K Maher; E Ryan, N Quaid; T Downes, E O'Brien, J Riordan; M Kiely, B Maxwell, F Kennedy. Subs: C Good for Kennedy (23), E Brosnan for Maxwell (h-t), J Leahy for Maher (37), B Murphy for Good (58).

CARLOW IT -- PJ Ryan; J Phelan, D Shaw, J Culhane; B Harding, D Kenny, R Doyle; O Walsh, P Walsh; E Fitzpatrick, P Halley, M Egan; C English, C Kenny, N Foyle. Subs: M Hawley for Halley (16), J Carroll for Shaw (42), P Buggy for Fitzpatrick (42), J Byrne for Phelan (54).

Ref -- A Kelly (Galway)

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