Fitzgibbon first beckons as Burke guides DCU to final
Fitzgibbon Cup semi-final: DCU 2-20 DIT 1-12
DCU will hope to add a new name to the Fitzgibbon Cup roll of honour when they meet UL in the final in Mallow on Saturday week.
They were always in control at Parnell Park last night as they held off the challenge of Dublin neighbours DIT who were also trying to reach their first final.
Now DCU, who knocked out champions Mary I last week, will hope to bring the Fitzgibbon Cup back to Dublin for the first time since UCD were successful in 2001.
And Waterford's Patrick Curran said it's a huge boost for the college to get to the final. "It's massive, it's the first time ever we've been there. We have been competitive in Freshers in the last few years," said the Waterford forward.
Donal Burke led the way for DCU with a big display which won't go unnoticed by Dublin manager Pat Gilroy and his goal after two minutes set them on their way.
Niall O'Brien was DIT's only scorer in the opening half but his accuracy from frees kept them in touch and they turned around trailing by 1-7 to 0-7.
Early points after the break from John Donnelly, Fergal Whitely and Burke put DCU in a commanding position. They sealed the win when Peter Hogan got through for their second goal and points from Paul Kelly and Whitely opened up a 2-15 to 0-8 lead in the final quarter and they never looked back even when O'Brien got a DIT consolation goal.
Scorers - DCU: D Burke 1-10 (7f, 2 65s), P Hogan 1-0, J Donnelly 0-3, J O'Connor 0-2, P Curran 0-2, F Whitely 0-2, P Kelly 0-1. DIT: N O'Brien 1-9 (7f), D McNicholas 0-3 (f).
DCU - O Foley; P O'Dea, E O'Donnell, C McSweeney; A Maddock, C Delaney, P Foley; D Mullen, J O'Connor; C Burke, K Doyle, D Burke; J Donnelly, R McBride, P Curran. Subs: F Whitely for O'Dea (16), P Hogan for C Burke (30), D Grey for Doyle (40), P Kelly for McBride (43).
DIT - S Brennan; W Kavanagh, T Doyle, P Cass; L Blanchfield, D McNicholas, L Kelly; J Cahill, E Dunne; F McGibb, P Maher, N Mitchell; N O'Brien, R Greville, C Ryan. Subs: N Walsh for Greville (36), J Kelly for Cass (46), C O'Donoghue for Ryan (53), J McGurk for Cahill (57).
ref - A Kelly (Galway)