Friday 13 December 2019

Fitzgibbon round-up: CIT romp to victory while defending champions UL make winning start

Cork IT 3-22 GMIT 0-7

Tom Devine, University College Cork, in action against Sean Moran, University College Dublin at The Mardyke, Cork. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Tom Devine, University College Cork, in action against Sean Moran, University College Dublin at The Mardyke, Cork. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE Newsdesk Newsdesk

A dominant second half saw Cork IT record a 24-point victory over GMIT in Group D of the Fitzgibbon Cup last night, almost guaranteeing them a knockout spot.

Leading by 0-7 to 0-2 at half-time, CIT – the hosts of this year’s finals weekend – pushed on after half-time, with John O’Dwyer and Jamie Coughlan getting goals before GMIT full-back Iomar Creavan put past his goalkeeper.

With University of Ulster Jordanstown the only other side in the group, it would take a huge shock for CIT to be denied and a win against UUJ next Thursday will officially put them in the last eight.

Frees from Coughlan and good John Cashman points were features as CIT began well with five unanswered points, though Dan Nevin and Darragh Burke did eventually get GMIT off the mark.

The home team continued to dominate in the second period and the score was 1-12 to 0-4 when O’Dwyer rounded off a good team move to get their first goal. Coughlan’s strike made it 1-18 to 0-7 and at the death they received a stroke of fortune they scarcely needed as Creavan’s intended handpass back to goalkeeper James Barrett looped over the netminder, who had come off his line in anticipation.

Scorers for Cork IT: J Coughlan 1-10 (0-7f), J O’Dwyer 1-3, J Cashman 0-3, B Cooper 0-2, J Cronin, A Coffey, B Reddin, N McNamara 0-1 each, 1-0 own goal.

GMIT: D Nevin 0-3 (0-2f), D Burke, B Tuohey, C Gardiner, J Mannion 0-1 each.

CORK IT: G Minihane; S Murphy, M Russell, C Hammersley; R Barry, M Ellis, D Brosnan; K O’Neill, S O’Mahony; M Kearney, J Cronin, B Cooper; J Coughlan, J Cashman, J O’Dwyer.

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Subs: B Reddin for O’Mahony (28), D Noonan for Brosnan (half-time), W Murphy for O’Neill (39), A Coffey for Cashman (44), N McNamara for O’Dwyer (51).

GMIT: J Barrett; D Cronin, I Creavan, J Finnerty; L Cosgrave, P Hoban, D Burke; D Nevin, B Tuohey; D Conroy, S Collins, C Gardiner; J Mannion, D Mangan, J Mooney.

Subs: R Ellis for Conroy (half-time), C Reilly for Cosgrave (49), D Cooney for Mangan (53), E Fallon for Cronin (54), C Ryan for Mooney (54).

Referee: J Murphy (Limerick)


Dublin IT 0-14

UL 0-20

Reigning Fitzgibbon Cup champions UL recovered from a three-point half-time deficit to inflict a six-point defeat on DIT in their opening game of the competition.

In difficult conditions at Parnells GAA club in Coolock, the Dublin students will rue not inflicting more damage on the scoreboard in a wind-assisted first half, with Derek McNicholas and Wexford's Lee Chin two of the more prominent performers.

Tipperary's John McGrath kept Brian Lohan's side ticking over throughout and would finish the day with seven points from dead balls, while four points-apiece from Kevin O’Brien and Tommy Heffernan meant the Limerick students finished strongly that also contains NUI Galway and Mary Immaculate College.

Scorers for UL: John McGrath 0-7 (0-7f), Kevin O’Brien, Tommy Heffernan 0-4 each, Conor Martin 0-2, Jason Forde, Kevin Hehir, Barry Heffernan 0-1 each.

Scorers for DIT: Derek McNicholas 0-9 (3f, 1 65, 1 sl), Lee Chin 0-3, Jack Guiney (free) and Conor Sheehan 0-1 each.


Mary Immaculate College 1-16

NUI Galway 0-13

Mary’s Immaculate’s quest for a first ever Fitzgibbon Cup crown got off to a superb start in difficult conditions in Galway.

But the Limerick college mastered the elements and the challenge of the home side to run out deserving winners in a fiery contest where three players were sent off.

The star of the show was Limerick senior Declan Hannon who hit 1-9.                                      

NUIG finished with 13 men after Galway star Padraig Mannion picked up two yellow cards and sub Ger Hennelly got a straight red for an off the ball incident late in the game.

Limerick senior Cian Lynch was also given his marching orders but Mary I got over the line despite his absence.

The Limerick college had the wind behind them in the opening half at Dangan but looked certain to face an uphill task when they led by just four points at the break, 0-11 to 0-7.

But Hannon struck for the only goal of the game six minutes after the break and Mary I never looked back after that.

Mary I, runners-up three years ago, made an impressive start with Lynch, David Reidy, Darragh Corry and Hannon shooting good points.

Clare’s Bobby Duggan hit four first-half points for NUIG and they must have fancied their chances when they trailed by just four having played against the wind.

Mary I’s cause looked to have suffered a major blow when Lynch was shown red after a challenge on Cathal Mannion, just after Hannon had given Mary I a 1-12 to 0-8 advantage, with their goal.

Darragh O’Donovan burst through the NUIG cover and relayed the ball to Hannon who made no mistake from close range.

Padraig Mannion was also sent to the line, for a second bookable offence in 53rd minute, and Hennelly followed him with a straight red for an off the ball incident late on, as NUIG’s chances faded.

Scores – Mary Immaculate College: D Hannon 1-9 (7f); M O’Neill 0-1, C Lynch 0-1, D Reidy 0-1, D Corry 0-1, D O’Donovan 0-1, R Maher 0-1, C Galvin 0-1.

NUI Galway: B Duggan 0-6 (5f); N O’Brien 0-2; C Whelan 0-1, A Helebert 0-1, K McHugo 0-1, G Hennelly 0-1, M Mullins 0-1.

Mary Immaculate College – M O Conghaile (Galway); C Barry (Cork), E Quirke (Clare), R English (Limerick); R Maher (Tipperary), M O’Neill (Clare), J Meagher (Tipperary); D O’Donovan (Limerick), C Galvin (Clare); S Cahill (Tipperary), D Corry (Clare), C Lynch (Limerick); A Flynn (Tipperary), D Hannon (Limerick), D Reidy (Limerick).

Subs: T Stapleton (Tipperary) for Reidy (19), C Twomey (Cork) for Barry (30), T Monaghan (Galway) for Cahill (56), J Peters (Tipperary) for Twomey (60-62).


UCD  2-12

UCC  0-13

Oisín O’Rorke scored 1-7 as UCD got their Fitzgibbon Cup Group A campaign off to a great start at the Mardyke.

Having trailed by 0-7 to 0-5 coming up to half-time, the visitors – managed by Nicky English, a Fitzgibbon legend with UCC – led at the break as two O’Rorke frees sandwiched a goal by him, excellently created by Ross King.

UCC responded well at the start of the second half, with their best attacker Alan Cadogan prominent, and twice they cut the gap back to just a point.

However, on 44 minutes UCD got the game’s decisive score as James Maher cut a swathe through the home defence and, after his shot was saved by Keith Hogan, Colm Cronin pounced to net the rebound.

Maher followed that with a point for a five-point lead but scores from Rob O’Shea and Cadogan gave UCC hope, albeit with time running out.

An O’Rorke free, his sixth, gave UCD breathing space again and when UCC had their best goal chance as the game moved into injury time, DJ Foran shot into the side-netting.

O’Rorke wrapped up the win for UCD, who will advance to the quarter-finals if they beat Limerick IT next Tuesday.

UCC must beat Maynooth University in their next game to stay in the competition.

Scorers – UCD: O O’Rorke 1-7 (0-7fs), C Cronin 1-0, R King, J Maher 0-2 each, C O’Callaghan 0-1. UCC: A Cadogan 0-5, R O’Shea 0-4 (3fs), M Breen 0-2, DJ Foran, J Power 0-1 each.

UCD – D Holohan; P Hannon, S Murphy, J Madden; H Lawlor, C O’Shea, S Moran; E Conroy, C O’Callaghan; J Maher, C Cronin, J O’Connor; R King, O O’Rorke, C Prendergast.

Subs: P Guinan for Moran (40), T Phelan for Prendergast (54, injured).

UCC – K Hogan; C Gleeson, D Morrissey, S Roche; R Cahalane, C Spillane, G O’Brien; J Barron, M O’Brien; R O’Shea, M Breen, N McCarthy; A Cadogan, DJ Foran, J Power. Subs: C Murphy for Spillane (7, injured), T Devine for M O’Brien (30), N Cashman for G O’Brien (37), S O’Donnell for McCarthy (45), B Lawton for Power (53).

Ref – G Quilty (Clare).


IT Carlow 1-21

DCU 1-8

A blistering start from IT Carlow, highlighted by a superb 2nd minute goal from Waterford senior star Colin Dunford, set the home side on the way to a impressive 13 point victory over a DCU side which failed to fire in this opening round Fitzgibbon Cup hurling tie last evening at the IT Carlow grounds.

By the 11th minute the Carlow students had raced into a 1-6 to 0-1 lead, with Laois players Stephen 'Picky' Maher and Charles Dwyer very much to the fore in the scoring stakes.

Coached by Kilkenny legend DJ Carey, the Carlow college were far surer of touch, showed greater appetite and teamwork, while their finish was clinical. At the back Tommy Gallagher, Ross Brown and Will Young were soundness personified while Kevin Kelly and Mark Russell were on top in midfield.

Picking off some superb scores they led 1-9 to 0-5 at half time. DCU rallied briefly towards the end of the half, Danny Sutcliffe getting on the scoresheet from play in an otherwise subdued performance.

The Carlow domination continued in the second half as they racked up 0-12, with Stephen Maher top-scoring with 0-9.

All six starting home forwards scored, along with midfielder Kevin Kelly (Kilkenny) and substitute James Doyle from Carlow.

DCU substitute Cathal Curran scored 0-3 in the second half while another Waterford substitute Peter Hogan scored a consolation 58th minute goal for the Dublin students.

IT Carlow look a formidable side on this display and will go forward with confidence to the 2nd round.

Scorers: IT Carlow: S Maher 0-9, 0-6f, C Dunford 1-2, 0-1f, C Dwyer 0-3, 0-1f, J Fagan, C Bolger 0-2 each, K Kelly, M Harney, J Doyle 0-1 each. DCU: C Curran 0-3, 0-2f, P Foley (f), P Hogan 1-0, E O'Donnell, D Staunton, D Sutcliffe, S Gray 0-1 each.

IT Carlow: E Rowland; K Hannafin, T Gallagher, R Brown; D Healy, W Young, D Palmer; K Kelly, M Russell; C Dwyer, M Harney, S Maher; C Dunford, J Fagan, C Bolger. Subs: J Doyle for Russell (43); S Kelly for Dwyer (56); M Redmond for Bolger (57). DCU: C Ryan; M Heeney, R Lennon, P O'Dea; K Fitzgerald, P Foley, E O'Donnell; D Staunton, E McHugh; D Sutcliffe, K O'Flynn, C Joyce; S Gray, G Howard, D Barden. Subs: C Curran for McHugh (18); N O'Connor for Barden (h/t); P Hogan for Joyce (36); C Scally for Gray (36); T French for O'Flynn (49).

Referee: J McGrath (Westmeath).


LIT 4-16

Maynooth University 0-10

Even without the aid of Tipperary’s Cathal Barrett, Davy Fitz’s LIT cruised into the next round of the Fitzgibbon Cup.

On a heavy night that might have favoured the students, LIT selector, Cyril Farrell, remarked through slanted rain, ‘it could be one of those nights’.

But it wasn’t. As it turns out, lest Farrell be intimating that Maynooth University might prefer the slower conditions, LIT have a prestigious record in the competition, while Maynooth only regained their Fitzgibbon status two years ago.  

In the first-half alone, following a lumbering opening, which Wexford ref, James Owens, let away, LIT amassed 1-10 to Maynooth’s four Brian Molloy frees.  LIT full-forward, Niall Maher, claimed the 26th minute goal when he guided a Diarmaid Byrne free to the net. 

Owing to the ferocity of the game, LIT’s Peter Duggan scored four frees in the first-half, while Michael O’Malley and Shane Gleeson pointed twice apiece.

Within thirty seconds of the second-half, LIT’s David Reidy took off from midfield to crash the ball off the underside of the crossbar for his side’s second goal.

Consecutive points thereafter from Duggan, Byrnes, Maher, and a 40th minute, Peter Duggan, goal, had the game wrapped up before Maynooth’s Ross Donohue grabbed his side’s first score from play in the 40th minute.

With a slew of substitutes on both teams, Maynooth came into the game as Brian Molloy and Paul Winters added further scores.

However, with three minutes left to play, LIT’s Paul Killeen concluded the game with their fourth goal which ensured the Limerick college side progress in the Cup with ease. 

SCORERS: LIT: P. Duggan 1-6f, N. Maher 1-3, D. Reidy 1-0, P. Killeen 1-0, D. Byrnes 0-2, M. O’Malley 0-2, S. Gleeson 0-2, O. O’Brien 0-1 

MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY: B. Molloy 0-8 (7f), P. Winters and R. Donohoe 0-1 each

L. I.T.: E. Quilligan, N. O’Connor, K. Bennett, C. Nolan, W. Ryan, S. Gleeson, O. O’Brien, D. Byrnes, D. Reidy, P. Killeen, P. Duggan, J. Campion, J. Shanahan, N. Maher, M. O’Malley

SUBS: S. McGrath for Reidy (37m): W. Connors for Campion (45m): P. Fitzgerald for Gleeson (49m): J. Quaid for Ryan (54m): K. Sweeney for Maher (55m)

MAYNOITH UNIVERSITY: R. Fitzgerald, C. Breen, M. Campion, E. McLoughlin, D. Hennessy, P. Deegan, K. Sheridan, J. Bellew, R. Donohoe, P. Winters, P. Kinsella, N. Kenny, D. Burke, B. Molloy, E. Kenny

SUBS: T. Stafford for Sheridan (42m): A. Gleeson for Donohoe (45m): C. Forde for Campion (49m)

REFEREE: J. Owens (Wexford)


UCC 0-13 UCD 2-12

Cork IT 3-22 GMIT 0-7

St Patrick’s-Mater Dei 0-9 Waterford IT 1-19

Dublin IT 0-14 UL 0-20

NUI Galway 0-10 Mary Immaculate College 1-15

LIT 4-16 Maynooth University 0-10

IT Carlow DCU 1-8  DCU 1-21

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