Barry and O'Brien fire UL into last eight
UL 2-19 Waterford IT 1-7
Limerick duo Barry Murphy and Kevin O'Brien fired UL into the quarter-finals of the Fitzgibbon Cup on a freezing night at WIT.
Free-taker Murphy returned 1-6 while O'Brien produced three points from play in each half.
Gary Kirby's men will host UCC in the last eight on February 7.
On the quarter-hour, Murphy shrugged off a heavy challenge and belted the sliotar past Mark Fanning for a 1-5 to 0-3 lead.
Tom Morrissey, Murphy and Ian Galvin raised white flags for the leaders approaching the interval, when they led 1-11 to 0-4.
Kirby emptied the bench and sub David Gleeson lashed to the net with seven minutes remaining.
WIT battled until the end and Fanning drove home a 30-metre free in added time.
Scorers - UL: Barry Murphy 1-6 (4fs), Kevin O'Brien 0-6, David Gleeson 1-1, Ian Galvin 0-3, Tom Morrissey 0-2, Stephen Roche 0-1.WIT: Mark Fanning 1-1 (1-1f), Pat Lyng 0-2 (1f), Gary Cullinane, Sean O'Brien, Jack Prendergast, Joe O'Connor (1f), Calum Lyons 0-1 each.
UL - D McCarthy; S Finn, D Fitzgerald, B Troy; B Heffernan, C Cleary, A McGuane; T Kelly, P Maher; I Galvin, K O'Brien, T Morrissey; B Murphy, M Mullins, JP Lucey. Subs: D Gleeson for Maher (43), J Lennon for Morrissey, J Henley for Heffernan (45), S Roche for McGuane (49), M Mackey for Mullins (55).
WIT - M Fanning; S Smyth, M Whelan, T Hayes; G Cullinane, J Henderson, C Lyons; J Prendergast, P Walsh; P Lyng, S O'Brien, J O'Connor; J Kennedy, C Burke, C Hennessy. Subs: A Roche for Lyng (22), P Lyng for Kennedy (h-t), D Claffey for O'Brien.
Ref - Colm Lyons (Cork).
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