Breathnach hits dozen for DCU
DCU 1-20 St Pat’s-Mater Dei 0-11
Fitzgibbon Cup pride was all that was at stake but DCU at least salvaged that much on home soil thanks to 12 points from Donie Breathnach.
The Waterford man’s unerring accuracy from placed balls proved the difference in this derby date.
Pat’s started brightly with two points from Wexford’s Peter Sutton and another from Colm Morris putting them three clear. DCU drew level late in the half with a point from Galway’s Padraig Brehony putting them 0-9 to 0-8 up at the break.
That was where the contest ended as a resurgent DCU overpowered their neighbours after the break. Five unanswered points put daylight between them at 0-14 to 0-8 as poor Pat’s added just three points in the half from Sutton, Conor Joyce and sub Willie Murphy.
DCU were far more clinical with Brehony and rising Dublin star Cian Boland behind some fine hurling. A fortunte 69th-minute goal put the gloss on the scoreline as wing-back Gavin Bailey’s long ball evaded everyone to find the Pat’s net.
McNamara sets up Cork IT success
Cork IT 1-14 UCD 1-10
Last year’s beaten finalists Cork IT secured a home quarter-final as they held off UCD last night.
After scoring the first five points of the game, CIT briefly allowed their lead to be reduced to three points.
They led by four at half-time, though, and the advantage never contracted to less than that.
Noel McNamara’s 15th-minute goal capped the fine start by Pat Mulcahy’s side as it put them into a 1-5 to 0-2 lead but thereafter UCD were well in contention in the first half.
While they were reliant on Ross King for scores, Colm Cronin raised a white flag from play to bring them to within three points, 1-6 to 0-6, before Aidan Walsh replied for CIT before half-time.
The home side pushed further clear upon the resumption and were eight ahead before UCD threatened a late fightback as Oisin O Ruairc scored a goal and a point.
CIT had done enough, however.
Mannion steers NUIG through
NUI Galway 0-17 GMIT 0-12
Four points from Cathal Mannion helped NUI Galway clinch their second Group B win and reach next week’s Fitzgibbon Cup quarter-finals.
With UL denying UCC the win at the Mardyke, victory meant NUI Galway reached the knockout stages as Mannion, Bobby Duggan and Kevin O’Brien weaved their magic.
“It is probably a shock to everyone else that we’re through but we knew if we played well we had a great chance to progress,” said Westmeath native O’Brien, who was their creative force.
The free taking of Tadhg Haran kept GMIT in contention – he landed three from inside his own 65 in the first half – as they only trailed by 0-10 to 0-8 at the break.
But scores flowed easier for NUI Galway and once Duggan, Mannion and O’Brien pointed to put five between the sides in the early stages of the second half there was no way back.
NUI Galway had manager John Paul O’Connell sent from the line for distracting a GMIT player as he shot for goal two minutes from time, but they easily took the win.