Monday 23 October 2017

Cronin strike makes difference for UCD

UCD 1-17 IT Carlow 1-16

Michael Harney, Institute of Technology Carlow, breaks clear with the sliothar.. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile.
Michael Harney, Institute of Technology Carlow, breaks clear with the sliothar.. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile.
Ross Brown, Institute of Technology Carlow, in action against Oisin O’Rourke, University College Dublin during their Fitzgibbon Cup quarter-final clash. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile.
Padraic Guinan, University College Dublin, in action against James Doyle, 11, and Charles Dwyer, Institute of Technology Carlow. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile.
Jack O’Connor, University College Dublin, in action against Michael Harney, Institute of Technology Carlow, durign the Fitzgibbon Cup quarter-final. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile.
University College Dublin manager Nicky English, right, shakes hands with Institute of Technology Carlow manager DJ Carey after the game. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile. FIitzgibbon Cup

IT took extra-time to separate these sides in a thrilling and highly competitive quarter-final played in horrendous conditions in Carlow last night.

In the end, UCD edged home, thanks primarily to a 75th-minute goal from left half-forward Colm Cronin who availed of a piece of sloppiness in the home defence to find the Carlow net and send the Dublin students into a 1-17 to 1-13 lead.

The game ebbed and flowed in normal time, UCD building up an 0-7 to 0-1 lead before a Jack Fagan goal from Carlow on the half-hour brought them right back into contention with wind advantage to come.

Carlow went two points clear in the second half but UCD refused to buckle and defiant hurling from the likes of Pat Hannon, Cian O’Callaghan, Conor O’Shea, Padraic Guinan, Colm Cronin and Oisín O’Rorke saw them lead 0-13 to 1-9 with 58 minutes on the clock after Waterford senior star Colin Dunford was straight red-carded for a high tackle on an opponent which produced the lead point from the resultant free.

In the remaining time Carlow forced a free from which goalie Enda Rowland levelled matters.

In the opening minute of extra-time a foul on Carlow’s James Doyle in the large square saw James Owens award a penalty but ‘keeper Rowland’s effort was wide.

UCD availed of this let-off to go 0-16 to 1-11 ahead at half-time of extra-time. Cronin’s goal was the crowning glory for the visitors as they just held out in the face of strong Carlow pressure in the final minutes as the leeway was cut to a point.

The winners hit 15 wides over the course of the game to Carlow’s eight.

Scorers – UCD: O O’Rorke 0-8 (6f, 1 ’65’), C Cronin 1-3, P Guinan, J Maher 0-2 each; C O’Shea (f), C Devitt 0-1 each. IT Carlow: E Rowland (4f, 1 ‘65’), S Maher (4f) 0-5 each, J Fagan 1-0, C Dwyer, M Russell 0-2 each, C Dunford, K Kelly 0-1 each.

UCD – D Holohan; P Hannon, S Murphy, E Conroy; J Madden, C O’Callaghan, C O’Shea; H Lawlor, S Moran; J Maher, C Devitt, C Cronin; P Guinan, O O’Rorke, J O’Connor. Subs: C McGabhann for Moran (52); J Malone for Madden (64); J Phelan for Cronin (inj, 76).

IT Carlow – E Rowland; K Hannafin, W Young, R Brown; D Healy, M Harney, D Palmer; M Russell, K Kelly; C Dwyer, J Doyle, S Maher; C Dunford, J Fagan, C Bolger. Subs: T Nolan for Maher (27); S Maher for Nolan (34); T Nolan for Bolger (50); M Kavanagh for Nolan (79).

Ref – J Owens (Wexford).

Irish Independent

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