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Saturday 25 November 2017

Hosts LIT reach Fitzgibbon Cup last for in closely fought encounter

LIT 1-15 IT Carlow 0-14

IT Carlow's Aidan Fogarty in action against Sean O'Brien of Limerick IT.
IT Carlow's Aidan Fogarty in action against Sean O'Brien of Limerick IT.

Jackie Cahill

Weeeknd hosts Limerick IT made it through to the semi-finals of the Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup with a hard-fought four-point victory over IT Carlow this afternoon.

In what was a fiery encounter at LIT, both sides finished the game with 14 men, as Davy Fitzgerald’s charges emerged to set up a last four clash with local rivals University of Limerick.

David Reidy was the scoring star for Limerick IT, notching 1-8, in a fixture that was given the go-ahead following Mary I’s failed venture to the DRA.

And the man at the centre of the eligibility storm that dogged the competition over the past week, James Gannon, lined out at corner back for IT Carlow.

Played in dismal weather conditions, LIT were too good for the visitors, with Clare panellist Reidy calling the tune.

Limerick IT lost Alan Demspey to a straight red card in the 29th minute, for a wild swipe on IT Carlow’s Jack Fagan.

But the numbers were evened up two minutes later when Charles Dwyer suffered red card woe for the second time in four days.

The Laois player, sent off against Waterford last Saturday night, was given his marching orders for a high challenge on Seanie O’Brien.

LIT went on to lead by 1-9 to 0-5 at the break, with IT Carlow restricted to placed balls for all of their first half scores.

LIT’s goal was supplied by Reidy in the 20th minute as the diminutive corner forward cut in from the right touchline before unleashing an unstoppable shot past Conor Clancy.

The second half saw LIT, playing against the breeze, cruise into an eight-point lead – 1-13 to 0-8 – before DJ Carey’s IT Carlow rallied with three unanswered points.

Reidy then contented himself with a point from a 46th minute penalty, before Ian Byrne saw his 55th minute penalty saved as IT Carlow desperately struggled in vain for a way back into the game.

Scorers for Limerick IT: D Reidy 1-8 (0-5f, 0-1 65, 0-1 pen), P Flaherty 0-3, B O’Connell, A Dempsey, S O’Brien & J Campion 0-1 each.

Scorers for IT Carlow: K Kelly 0-8f, C Doughan 0-3 (2f, 1 65), J Fagan, C Bolger & G Keegan 0-1 each.

LIMERICK IT: A Murphy (Limerick); M Kiely (Limerick), N O’Connor (Clare), K Bennett (Waterford); W Ryan (Tipperary), B O’Connell (Limerick), S O’Halloran (Clare); J Campion (Laois), A Dempsey (Limerick); M Fitzgerald (Kildare), S O’Brien (Limerick), P Flaherty (Galway); D Reidy (Clare), P Killeen (Galway), D Demspey (Limerick).

Subs: P Fitzgerald (Clare) for M Fitzgerald (37), M Gennery (Tipperary) for D Dempsey (52), S Mcgrath (Clare) for Campion (54).

IT CARLOW: C Clancy (Offaly); C Doyle (Kilkenny), M Ryan (Carlow), J Gannon (Kilkenny); W Young (Laois), C Doughan (Offaly), D Palmer (Laois); A Fogarty (Kilkenny), I Byrne (Wexford); M Kavanagh (Carlow), M Harney (Waterford), C Dwyer (Laois); J Fagan (Meath), K Kelly (Kilkenny), C Bolger (Kilkenny).

Subs: B Staunton (Kilkenny) for Palmer (h.t.), J Doyle (Carlow) for Harney (42), K Hannifin (Kerry) for C Doyle (42), C Dunford (Colligan, Waterford) for Kavanagh (48), G Keegan (Kildare) for Kelly (54).

Referee: Alan Kelly (Galway)

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