UL singing in the rain as Dooley shows class
Published 16/02/2011 | 05:00
This quarter-final at Plassey was expected to produce one of the top games of the round, but many of the finest players in the land were unable to show their true talents as torrential rain spoiled proceedings.
Only the closeness of the scoring kept the big crowd on their toes to the end. UL battled better in the second period after the sides were level 0-8 each after 28 minutes and exchanged points in the final two minutes.
Limerick had made the stronger start and it took a super save by UCD goalkeeper Jamie Ryan to prevent a first-minute goal for the home side. But a tremendous point from the sideline by Offaly star Shane Dooley had UL in front and Paul Kelly and Pat Cronin tacked on two more points before Conor Allis opened the account for the visitors.
Another magnificent point from a sideline, this time by Tipperary star Noel McGrath, kept UCD in touch and he put over a free to leave only a point between them.
Dooley again pointed for UL before Andrew Quinn created the chance for Bill Beckett to stretch the lead. But they could never quite shake off their opponents and it was nip and tuck to the break.
Expectations of a classic second half never materialised, mainly because of the downpour, but it was a lively affair with a number of yellow cards being shown following a few flashpoints
Quinn pointed for UL within seconds of the resumption but McGrath once again tied it up from a free and when he sent over another after seven minutes it put UCD in front for the first and only time in the game.
Tipperary's Paul Kelly levelled again and from then on Limerick edged in front -- without managing to pull clear.
Fourteen minutes went by without a score and it was UL who finished stronger with a superb point from play by the outstanding Dooley, who left his side 0-14 to 0-11 in front midway through the half.
McGrath converted a free but then missed what seemed an easy free and fittingly it was Dooley who had the last point.
Scorers -- UL: S Dooley 0-7 (4f, 1'65'), D Burke, P Kelly, A Quinn 0-2 each, P Cronin, B Beckett 0-1 each. UCD: N McGrath 0-10 (8f, 1 s-l), C Allis, L Rushe 0-1 each.
UL -- T Lowry; M Malone, M Walsh, S Hickey; P Stapleton, B Bugler, K Joyce; D Burke, P Cronin; J Gallagher, B Beckett, S Dooley; K Morris, P Kelly, A Quinn. Subs: PJ Delaney for Malone, B Carroll for Gallagher, P Murphy for Beckett, N O'Murchu for Morris, T Connors for Quinn.
UCD -- J Ryan; J Doyle, S Cummins, O Gough; S Norton, N Prenderfast, E O'Shea; J O'Loughlin, D Fox; C Allis, L Rushe, D O'Connor; N McGrath, K Hogan, W Walsh. Subs: C Macgiolla Bhride for Rushe, J Foley for Allis.
Ref -- A Kelly (Galway)