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Saturday 16 December 2017

Fitzgibbon Cup: Byrnes points way as LIT edge out UCD

Limerick IT 0-18 UCD1-14 Fitzgibbon Cup

Ross King, University College Dublin, in action against Cian Nolan, Limerick Institute Technology (SPORTSFILE)
Ross King, University College Dublin, in action against Cian Nolan, Limerick Institute Technology (SPORTSFILE)
Colm Cronin, University College Dublin, in action against Diarmaid Byrnes, Limerick Institute Technology (SPORTSFILE)
Willie Connors and Cathal Barrett, right, Limerick Institute Technology, in action against Tomas O'Leary, Tom Phelan, James Maher and Cian O'Callaghan, University College Dublin (SPORTSFILE)
Kieran Bennett, Limerick Institute Technology, in action against Oisin O'Rourke, University College Dublin (SPORTSFILE)

U-21 All-Ireland-winning Limerick captain Diarmaid Byrnes led his side to victory by the minimum margin.

The Limerick college looked in trouble as UCD began to fire over the scores in the second half and the hosts trailed by two with 15 minutes remaining. However, Byrnes then took control and hit four points as his side drew clear.

James Maher's late goal looked to have sealed a draw for UCD, but Peter Duggan hit the winner deep into added time.

Despite having played with a strong breeze behind them, UCD led by only 0-8 to 0-6 at half-time.

They rushed into a 0-5 to 0-1 lead early on and, when Oisin O'Rorke converted his third free, they were 0-7 to 0-2 up. But Byrnes notched a crucial LIT score and, when Clare star David Reidy brought it back to just two points before the break, LIT were in a great position.

However, despite a four-point burst from Reidy, all from frees, Ross King, Maher and Sean Moran (two) ensured UCD stayed in front.

Joe Campion tied up the game at 0-13 to 0-13 with 13 minutes remaining. Byrnes' points then enabled LIT to assume control before the dramatic finish.

"We have too many wides in the first half. They should never have been allowed through for that goal. In saying that, UCD played very well," said LIT boss Davy Fitzgerald.

Scorers - LIT: D Reidy 0-6 (5f), D Byrnes 0-6 (2f, 1 '65); J Campion 0-3; M O'Malley , P Duggan, S Gleeson 0-1 each. UCD: J Maher 1-1, O O'Rorke 0-4 (3f); S Moran 0-3; C O'Shea 0-2 (1f); C O'Callaghan, E Conroy, R King, T O'Leary 0-1 each.

Limerick IT - E Quilligan ; N O'Connor, K Bennett, C Nolan; W Ryan, C Barrett, O O'Brien; D Byrnes, D Reidy; P Killeen, P Duggan, J Campion; J Shanahan, N Maher, M O'Malley. Subs: S Gleeson for Killeen (28), W Connors for Nolan (34), S McGrath for Maher (52).

UCD - D Holohan; P Hannon, S Murphy, E Conroy; J Madden, C O'Callaghan, C O'Shea; H Lawlor, S Moran; J Maher, C Prendergast, C Cronin; R King, O O'Rorke, J O'Connor. Subs: P Guinan for O'Connor (17), T O'Leary for Prendergast (30), T Phelan for Cronin (30), C Devitt for Lawlor (47), J Mullaney for Phelan (58, blood). Ref - D Kirwan (Cork)

Cork IT 1-18 UUJ 1-14

Tipperary’s John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer will miss Cork IT’s quarter-final after receiving a straight red card in yesterday’s win over Jordanstown.

O’Dwyer was sent off in the 45th minute for striking Niall Devlin in a closely-fought Group D tie at UUJ.

Cork led 0-10 to 0-9 at the break before Pa White’s goal early in the second half put them in control.

They led by 1-16 to 0-12 after 50 minutes with James Connolly grabbing a late consolation goal for the home side.

Scorers – UUJ: N McKeague 0-5 (3f, 1 ’65), J Connolly 1-1, S McAfee 0-2, G Walsh 0-2 (2f), D McKernan, T O Ciaran, J McGreevy, J O’Connell 0-1 each. CIT:  J O’Dwyer 0-8 (3f, 2 ‘65s’), P White 1-0, A Coffey, M Kearney, J Cronin 0-2 each, C Hammersley, D Noonan, N McNamara 0-1 each, J Cashman 0-1 (f).

UUJ – R Courtney; N Devlin, S Rooney, R Brannigan; G Walsh, T Mannion, T O Ciaran; D McKernan, M Dudley; J McGreevy, S McAfee, A Kelly; J Connolly, J O’Connell, N McKeague. Subs: A Dooey for Dudley (23), J O’Dwyer for McKeague (53), M Dudley for Devlin (51), M McCartin for Kelly (59), A Curtin for O’Connell (59).

CIT – G Minehan; S Murphy, M Russell, C Hammersley; D Noonan, R Barry, A Coffey; B Cooper, B Reddan; M Kearney, J Cronin, R Hannelly; N McNamara, J O’Dwyer, P White. Subs: J Cashman for Reddan (h-t), K O’Neill for Hannelly (h-t), A Dorgan for White (53), S Manning for Noonan (58).

Ref – B  Brady (Louth)

NUI Galway 3-18 DIT 2-7

Two John Fox goals eased NUI Galway to victory in Dangan, but Tony Ward’s side will probably need a win against holders UL to progress to the last eight.

Fox’s brace added to Cathal Mannion’s 21st-minute strike gave NUI Galway a commanding half-time lead of 3-12 to 0-4, but Derek McNicholas’ penalty miss eight minutes from the break came at a crucial time.

DIT improved after the break with goals from Jack Guiney and Jude Sweeney, but it was easy for NUIG.

Scorers – NUI Galway: B Duggan 0-7 (5fs), J Fox 2-0, C Mannion 1-2, C Whelan 0-3, P Mannion, N O’Brien, O Donnellan 0-2. DIT: J Guiney, J Sweeney 1-0, D McNicholas (0-1 pen), G Whelan 0-2, AJ Murphy, C O’Donoghue (‘65’), L Chin 0-1 each.

NUI Galway – C Tuohy; C Ryan, B Fitzpatrick, G Forde; S Cooney, J Hanbury, P Mannion; N O’Brien, O Donnellan; B Duggan, K McHugo, M Mullins; J Fox, C Whelan, C Mannion. Subs: E Brannigan for O’Brien (43), R Taylor for Fox (46), L Kilcline for Cooney (53), A Helebert for Mullins (53), R Lane for Donnellan (60).

DIT – P McKenna; S McClelland, T Doyle, C Robinson; D Guinan, W Irish, S Barrett; G Whelan,  L Chin; R Greville, J Guiney, C Sheehan; AJ Murphy, D McNicholas, D Mottram. Subs: J Sweeney for Murphy (h-t), C O’Donoghue for Mottram (39), E McInerney for Sheehan (41).

Ref – K McGeeney (Roscommon).

UCC 4-18 Maynooth 0-10

Cork duo Rob O’Shea and Alan Cadogan hit 2-15 between them as UCC spanked Maynooth University last night by 20 points to revive their hopes.

After losing their opening fixture to UCD, Ger Cunningham’s UCC charges bounced back to form in style.

Cadogan, Waterford’s Tom Devine and O’Shea scored the first-half goals as UCC led by 3-9 to 0-6 at half-time – before Clare’s Shane O’Donnell added a fourth late on.

With Group A beautifully poised, UCC now face a must-win clash with table-toppers Limerick IT.

Scorers – Maynooth: B Molloy 0-4 (3f), P Winters 0-3 (1f), P Kinsella 0-2f, N Kenny 0-1. UCC: R O’Shea 1-9 (6f, 2 ’65s), A Cadogan 1-6, T Devine 1-1, S O’Donnell 1-0, J Barron & N McCarthy 0-1 each.

Maynooth – R Fitzgerald; C Breen, E McLoughlin, C Forde, D Hennessy, P Deegan, J White; E Kenny, R Donohoe; P Winters, A Gleeson, N Kenny; B Molloy, D Burke, P Kinsella. Sub: T Stafford for Forde (27).

UCC – K Hogan; C Gleeson, D Morrissey, S Roche; R Cahalane, M Breen, N Cashman; J Barron, C Walsh; R O’Shea, T Devine, J Power; A Cadogan, DJ Foran, S O’Donnell. Subs: N McCarthy for Walsh (h-t), B Lawton for Foran (41), G O’Brien for Cashman (47), M Howard for Power (50), M O’Connor for O’Donnell (54)

Ref – J McGrath (Westmeath)

Waterford IT 2-22 DCU 1-12

Liam McGrath and Austin Gleeson were in sparkling form as Waterford IT, last year’s runners-up, outclassed DCU in Carriganore.

McGrath nailed ten points while Gleeson claimed four from play.

Helped by goals from Johnny Hayes and Jack Langton, WIT were  ten points up at half-time (2-12 to 0-8), with all six forwards having got on the scoresheet.

Killian Fitzgerald impressed for DCU, whose hopes were raised on 40 minutes when Cathal Curran buried a penalty. Danny Sutcliffe hit the bar as the visitors battled in vain to get back into the game.

Scorers – WIT: L McGrath 0-10 (6fs), J Hayes 1-2, A Gleeson 0-4, J Langton 1-0, C O’Brien, O McGrath 0-2 each, S Roche, M Lynch 0-1 each. DCU: C Curran 1-1 (1-0 pen), K Fitzgerald, D Sutcliffe (2fs) 0-3 each, D Staunton, P Hogan, C Joyce, D Barden, N O’Connor 0-1 each.

WIT – M Fanning; W Hahessy, G Teehan, J Maher; T Fox, J O’Dwyer, F McGrath; J Langton, S Roche; O McGrath, A Gleeson, J Hayes; L McGrath, M Lynch, C O’Brien. Subs: S McNulty for O’Dwyer (48), F Butler for Lynch (48), J Lane for Gleeson (51), C Brophy for Hahessy (56), E Ryan for O McGrath (59).

DCU – C Ryan; J Tyrell, E O’Donnell, P O’Dea; T French, P Foley, D Staunton; S Gray, C Curran; D Sutcliffe, C Joyce, K Fitzgerald; D Barden, N O’Connor, P Hogan. Subs: P Lynam for Gray (h-t), C Scally for Joyce (49).

Ref – C McAllister (Cork)

UL 5-15 Mary Immaculate 3-14

Mary I twice cut back huge leads in this entertaining Limerick derby but were unable to close the deal.

UL got a glorious start against the breeze when Tommy Heffernan struck for two goals inside five minutes. It was 2-6 to 0-3 when Mary I finally got moving with a goal from Declan Hannon to cut the gap to 2-8 to 1-9 at the interval.

UL again pulled away with goals from Jason Forde and Pat Ryan. Mary I fought back with goals from Sean Linnane and Hannon but Kevin O’Brien sealed it for UL.

Scorers – UL: T Heffernan 2-2, J McGrath 0-5 (2fs, 1 ’65’), J Forde 1-1 (1-1fs), C McInerney 0-3, P Ryan 1-0, K O’Brien 1-0, D Fitzgerald, T Morrissey, C Martin, K Hehir each. Mary I: D Hannon 2-1, D O’Donovan 0-6 (4fs), S Linnane 1-0, C Galvin 0-2, C Twomey, D Reidy, M O’Neill 0-1 each.

UL – P Maher; S Finn, J Browne, S Roche; A McGuane, G Hegarty, B Stapleton; K Hehir, T Heffernan; J Forde, T Morrissey, C Martin; J McGrath, K O’Brien, D Fitzgerald. Subs: B Heffernan for Finn (28), C McInerney for Hegarty (30), P Ryan for Fitzgerald (47), L O’Sullivan for Morrissey (57).

Mary I – PM O Conghaile; E Quirke, R English, A Flynn; C Twomey, J Meagher, R Maher; T Stapleton, C Galvin; D Reidy, D O’Donovan, M O’Neill; D Corry, D Hannon, S Cahill. Subs: S Linnane for Reidy (29), C Barry for O’Neill (45), S Taylor for Stapleton (50), M O’Loughlin for Cahill (51).

Ref – F Horgan (Tipperary)

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