Cooney saves champions Mary I
Mary Immaculate 1-20 NUI Galway 2-16
Mary I manager Jamie Wall paid tribute to Gary Cooney after the former Clare minor shot two injury-time points in Limerick to keep them on track for a third Fitzgibbon Cup title in-a-row.
"It's his first year at this level and to show that composure is just brilliant," said Wall after Cooney snatched the win which sets them up for an away quarter-final next week to DCU.
NUIG looked set to win when Conor Whelan blasted home two goals but not even the presence of two more of Galway's All-Ireland winning team - Mannion brothers Padraic and Cathal - could save them from crashing out.
Darragh Burke kept them in the game with a string of frees before Whelan's goals put NUIG in pole position.
However, Aaron Gillane then brought his haul to 11 points before Cooney's brace of scores decided matters.
Scorers - Mary Immaculate: A Gillane 0-11 (0-10f, 1 '65), C Guilfoyle 1-1, G Cooney 0-3, E Cahill (f), D Prendergast, L Meade, P Ryan, B Corry 0-1 each. NUIG: C Whelan 2-3, D Burke 0-9 (8f), P Mannion (f), B Concannon, A Helebert, R Elwood 0-1 each.
Mary Immaculate - E Cahill; C McCullagh, D Prendergast, S Burke; D Peters, S Taylor, T O'Mahony; J Mackey, P Ryan; L Meade, C Lynch, C Guilfoyle; G Cooney, A Gillane, B Corry.
NUI Galway - S Hennessy; B Fitzpatrick, C Cosgrave, C O'Connor; S Loftus, C Ryan, P Mannion; B Concannon, S Fletcher; C Mannion, D Buke, C Whelan; J Fox, M Lynch, A Helebert. Subs: R Elwood for Helebert (36), G Loughnane for Fox (42).
Ref - A Devine (Westmeath).