Wednesday 20 February 2019

Sigerson Cup round-up: Lynch fires DIT to derby tie

DIT 4-14 Athlone IT 2-8

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DIT booked their place in the Sigerson Cup third round with a comprehensive win over Athlone IT at Grangegorman.

Despite losing attacker Luke Loughlin to a straight red-card in the early moments of the second half, Brian Flanagan's side progressed to a tantalising showdown against defending champions UCD.

Following a flurry of unanswered points, DIT midfielder Seán Flanagan registered the opening goal of the contest on 12 minutes.

Offaly's Gio Russo converted a penalty to breathe much-needed life into the Athlone challenge, but Oisín Lynch reinforced DIT's authority with a clinical strike past Cormac Haslam. A superb Gavin Horan goal ensured the visitors were just five points in arrears (2-7 to 2-2) at the break, however, and Loughlin's 31st-minute red card offered them a lifeline on the resumption. Yet, DIT recorded 2-5 on the bounce to make light of their numerical deficiency. A Brian Howard pass released Conlon for a 38th-minute goal and the excellent Lynch grabbed his second late on.

Athlone replied through Forde, Cian O'Dea and Bill Berry, before three points from lively sub Tom Keane eased DIT into the next phase.

Scorers - DIT: O Lynch 2-2, J Conlon 1-4, S Flanagan 1-1, T Keane 0-3, R O'Toole 0-2, M Jackson ('45'), L Loughlin 0-1 each. Athlone IT: R Forde 0-4 (3f), G Russo (pen), G Horan 1-0 each, B Berry 0-2, R Brady, C O'Dea 0-1 each.

DIT - M Jackson; J McCusker, B Power, A McGowan; D Toner, R O'Brien, L Hughes; S Flanagan, S Hurley; C Pearson, R O'Toole, B Howard; L Loughlin, O Lynch, J Conlon. Subs: T Keane for Pearson (38), K O'Gara for O'Toole (46), R Finn for Flanagan (49), S Tully for Hurley (55), F O'Shea for Howard (59).

Athlone IT - C Haslam; D Healy, A Cregg, D Carroll; G Horan, E O'Connor, E Tully; K Maguire, T Watts; R Forde, G Russo, D McManus; R Brady, B Berry, S Clarke. Subs: C O'Dea for Brady (h-t), E Gallagher for Clarke (57).

Ref - S Mulhare (Laois)

Hurley destroys Cork IT

IT Carlow 0-18 Cork IT 0-12

An exhibition of point-taking from IT Carlow full-forward Michael Hurley, who struck a total of 0-12, half of his tally from play, undermined the challenge of Cork IT as Pat Critchley's side emerged from this second-round Sigerson Cup tie at the IT Carlow grounds last night.

The sides were level four times over the opening 20 minutes.

With the sides tied at 0-6 apiece, three unanswered points from the boot of Castlehaven clubman Hurley put the home team in front.

It took CIT only five second-half minutes to wipe out the arrears though with points from Seán Walsh, Daniel Dineen and James Crean.

But that was as good as it got for the visitors as a Hurley free quickly had Carlow back in front and from there they were the superior force, with 51st-minute substitute Diarmuid Whelan adding three points, all from play.

To add to CIT's woes midfielder Paul Walsh received a straight red card just before the final whistle.

This was CIT's second defeat, having lost heavily to UCD, while Carlow had gone down 1-16 to 0-14 to DCU in their opening encounter.

Scorers - IT Carlow: M Hurley 0-12 (6f); D Whelan 0-3; D O'Sullivan, N Gately, B Carr 0-1 each. Cork IT: D Dineen, J Crean, M Bradley, D O'Sullivan (0-1f) 0-2 each; A Browne, K O'Hanlon, R Walsh, S Walsh 0-1 each.

IT Carlow: D Campbell; J Mitchell, R Hitchcock, J Casey; C O'Toole, E Buggie, B Carr; T Griffin, N Hughes; P O'Toole, N Doyle, D O'Sullivan; N Gately, M Hurley, J Walsh. Subs: S Ryan for Griffin (45); D Whelan for Walsh (51); S Maughan for Doyle (55); S Crowley for Carr (58); D Lawler for Hurley (60).

Cork IT: C Kelly; M Lordan, A Browne, S Howard; N Donohue, E Lavers, B Sugrue; P Walsh, K O'Hanlon; R Walsh, D Dineen, K O'Donovan; D O'Sullivan, J Crean, M Bradley. Subs: A Casey for Kelly (h-t); S Walsh for Lordan (h-t); B Hodnett for O'Donovan (41); G O'Brien for R Walsh (50); B Hyland for O'Sullivan (50).

Ref - A Nolan (Wicklow).

Keane's hat-trick blitzes Sligo

IT Tralee 6-20 IT Sligo 1-9

IT Tralee sent out a warning that even without their top gun David Clifford they are a force to be reckoned with in this year's Sigerson Cup when they hammered IT Sligo at John Mitchels Grounds in Tralee.

Tralee, who lost out narrowly to Ulster University on Sunday, were given a boost beforehand when midfielder Greg Horan had a red card from Sunday rescinded and they played with an intensity that mesmerised Sligo.

Hat-trick hero Conor Keane struck for a goal from the throw-in. Horan and Liam Kearney were lording matters at midfield as Keane hit a second Tralee goal in the fifth minute. Mark O'Shea helped set up James Duggan for a third goal as Tralee raced 3-5 to 0-3 in front by the end of the opening quarter. Donegal's Jamie Brennan got Sligo's only scores of the half.

Tralee pressed home their advantage in the second quarter with Kerry squad players Gavin Crowley and Michael Potts excelling. They added 2-7 without reply in that spell with Jack Savage converting a penalty. Then Keane completed his treble in the 27th minute as Tralee led by 5-12 to 0-3 at the interval.

Scorers - IT Tralee: C Keane 3-2, J Savage 1-8 (1-0 pen, 3f), J Duggan 1-1, I Courtney 1-0, M Potts and M O'Shea 0-2 each; DJ Murphy, Liam Kearney, G Horan, A McCarthy, P Gillespie 0-1 each. IT Sligo: J Brennan 0-6 (1f), F Ayorinde 1-0, K Cawley 0-3.

IT Tralee - C Hurley; T Kearns, G Crowley, B Fitzgerald; DJ Murphy, S Cronin, M Potts; L Kearney, G Horan; D Moynihan, J Savage, A McCarthy; J Duggan, M O'Shea, C Keane. Subs: C Ferris for G Crowley (h-t), P Gillespie for Potts (h-t), M Quigley for D Moynihan (h-t), C Smith for T Kearns (42), I Courtney for A McCarthy (48), D Doherty for M O'Shea (50).

IT Sligo - P O'Malley; C Reape, J Bermingham, N Boyle; J O'Reilly, C McDonagh, B Walsh; D McGovern, K McBrearty; A McLean, J Brennan, S Carrabine; C Lally, F Ayorinde, K Cawley. Subs: C Hennelly for McClean (BC 25), C Egan for J Bermingham (BC 54).

Ref - D O'Callaghan (Limerick)

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