Saturday 24 March 2018

Barry and O'Brien fire UL into last eight

UL 2-19 Waterford IT 1-7

UL will host UCC in the last eight after beating Waterford IT (stock picture)
UL will host UCC in the last eight after beating Waterford IT (stock picture)

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).

Irish Independent

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