Friday 19 January 2018

Michael Flannery on the mend as IT Carlow shock UL

IT Carlow 0-11 UL 0-10 ( Sigerson Cup)

Denis Daly, University of Limerick
Denis Daly, University of Limerick

UNIVERSITY of Limerick player Michael Flannery was taken to hospital after falling heavily during yesterday's historic Sigerson Cup quarter-final win for IT Carlow.

The UL sub appeared to suffer a seizure after hitting the deck but, thankfully, the Kerry native was well enough to walk onto the ambulance that finally arrived.

Referee Conor Lane was left with a minute to play and despite a couple of scares as UL threatened an elusive equaliser, IT Carlow held on for a win that sends them through to a very first semi-final.

But now for the hard part.

They have to face a powerful UCC outfit in the last four but there's a sense of unity and purpose about IT Carlow and that will make them difficult to break down.

They have a forward in excellent form, too, namely Galway's Barry McHugh, who contributed eight points, including six frees.

By half-time, McHugh had six on the board and IT Carlow were a point clear at 0-7 to 0-6.

But the picture-book scores of the opening half were supplied by UL centre-back Denis Daly, who banged over two smashing scores from either touchline.

On four occasions in the second half, IT Carlow established a two-point lead but each time, they were reeled in to within a point by dogged hosts UL.

A trio of Niall McDermott frees kept Liam Kearns-managed UL in touch but goalkeeper Shane Murphy boomed over a long-range free to send IT Carlow two points clear again down the home straight.

Daniel McLaughlin reduced the deficit again before that long injury delay.

Scorers - UL: N McDermott 0-3fs, Daniel McLaughlin 0-3, S Killoran 0-2, Denis Daly 0-2 (1 s-l, 1f). IT Carlow: B McHugh 0-8 (6fs), L Boland 0-2 (1f), S Murphy 0-1f.

UL - R Lavelle; F Boland, C Long, P O'Connor; A Rowan, D Daly, D Larkin; C MacNamee, E Carroll; A McFadden, N McDermott, S Killoran; C O'Brien, G Hegarty, Daniel McLaughlin. Subs: P McHugh (Leitrim) for MacNamee (20), Daire McLoughlin for O'Brien (h-t), B O'Shea for Hegarty (BC, 47), M Flannery for Rowan (BC, 55), C Hussey for Flannery (60).

IT CARLOW - S Murphy; T O'Connell, C Lawlor, D Smyth; E Lynch, T Featherston, E Walsh; W Young, M Sherry; K Ryan, A Dever, A Forde; L Boland, K Mulvany, B McHugh. Subs: T Shiels for Mulvany (40), R O Ceallaigh for Dever (59), R O'Brien for Lynch (BC, 60).

Ref - C Lane (Cork)

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