Tuesday 16 January 2018

Bobby Duggan's brilliant dozen inspires NUI Galway

NUI Galway 0-21 UCC 0-19: Fitzgibbon Cup

Ger Cunningham's UCC led by 0-11 to 0-10 at half-time, but Duggan and Westmeath's Niall O'Brien helped the Galway students to a surprise victory
Ger Cunningham's UCC led by 0-11 to 0-10 at half-time, but Duggan and Westmeath's Niall O'Brien helped the Galway students to a surprise victory
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Bobby Duggan's brilliant 12-point haul stunned UCC as NUI Galway picked up their first Fitzgibbon Cup win of the season at Dangan.

The Ger Cunningham-managed UCC led by 0-11 to 0-10 at half-time, but Duggan and Westmeath's Niall O'Brien helped the Galway students to a surprise victory.

"We needed a big performance today after the way we played the last day. I'm just delighted that we managed to do it," Duggan said. NUIG are now in with a great chance of making the last eight, but need victory over GMIT next weekend to be in with a chance. With Conor Lehane to the fore, UCC were still ahead with 20 minutes to go, but O'Brien wrapped up the win.

Scorers - NUIG: B Duggan 0-12 (7fs); N O'Brien 0-4; E Brannigan, K Ryan, G Hennelly, C Mannion, B O'Connor 0-1 each. UCC: C Lehane 0-9 (5fs, 1 s-l, 1 '65); J Power 0-4; B Lawton 0-3 (3fs), S O'Donnell, A Cadogan, A Spillane 0-1 each.

NUIG - J Griffey; C Diviney, J Hanbury, R Lane; S Cooney, C Cleary, S Hynes; E Brannigan, P Mannion; K Ryan, N O'Brien, B Duggan; G Hennelly, C Mannion, S Ward. Subs: G Fennelly for Lane (33), S Dooley for Ryan (35), B O'Connor for Ward (40).

UCC - D O'Gorman; K Burke, D Glynn, M Breen; T Devine, T Burke, S Roche; D Roche, R O'Shea; J Barron, B Lawton, C Lehane; J Power, S O'Donnell, A Cadogan. Subs: A Spillane for Lawton (h-t), C Murphy for Glynn (h-t), M Collins for Roche (54), DJ Foran for O'Shea (57).

Ref - P O'Dwyer (Carlow)

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