McNicholas goal caps DIT's late flurry to see off Jordanstown
DIT 1-22 UUJ 0-20
DIT came from three points down in the last seven minutes at Jordanstown yesterday to book their place in the quarter-finals.
Wexford star Jack Guiney hit a late brace of scores to draw DIT level before Derek McNicholas' 57th-minute goal killed off a strong home challenge.
The sides were level six times in the first half and tied at 0-11 at the break.
Some eye-catching scores from McNicholas, Guiney and Michael Lee were matched at the other end of the field, with Tyrone's Damien Casey the most dangerous UUJ forward.
When DIT went 0-15 to 0-13 ahead in the third quarter, it seemed they had weathered the storm, but UUJ battled hard and pushed ahead by 0-20 to 0-17 after 52 minutes, with substitute Danny Toner getting three of their points.
DIT remained calm, however, and an unanswered 1-5 in the final seven minutes swung the game decisively in their favour.
After Daryl Roberts' free, Guiney scored a point and then punished a bad puck-out to land another point inside 30 seconds to draw DIT level.
McNicholas' goal came a minute later and with time running out, another brace from Guiney ensured DIT's safe passage to the knockout stages.
Scorers - DIT: D McNicholas 1-4, J Guiney 0-7 (2fs), M Lee 0-4, C Sheehan 0-2, J Cahill, J Sweeney, G Whelan, W McGrath, D Roberts 0-1 each. UUJ: C Clarke 0-5 (3fs), D Casey 0-4, D Toner, C Johnson (1f) 0-3 each, D McKernan 0-2, S McAfee, M Bradley, E McCloskey 0-1 each.
DIT - P McKenna; C Robinson, T Doyle, B Carey; G Whelan, K Bergin, L Varley; C Sheehan, J Cahill; J McManus, D McNicholas, J Sweeney; W McGrath, J Guiney, M Lee. Subs: D Roberts for McManus (45), R Tierney for Cahill (49), S Witty for Varley (54).
UUJ - S Doherty; T O'Ciarain, M Donnelly, M Hughes; J McGreevy, R McCambridge, M Bradley; C Johnson, M Dudley; D Casey, D McKernan, C McCann; C Clarke, S McAfee, E McCloskey. Subs: D Toner for McGreevy (38), G Carbery for McAfee (51).
Ref - E Hasson (Derry).
Waterford power way through
Waterford IT6-35 Maynooth 0-4
Reigning champions Waterford IT humiliated Maynooth University by 49 points in freezing Carriganore last night to top their group and book a home quarter-final next week.
The home side needed a landslide win as IT Carlow defeated Mary I and they duly turned the screw during the second half.
Pauric Mahony banked 1-18 (1-6 from play) and Austin Gleeson blasted 3-3, including a 16-minute second-half hat-trick.
The hosts bossed a lopsided first half by 1-18 to 0-2, Mahony accounting for nine points of that total as he steered affairs from number 12.
Ayrton Gleeson and John Maher offered the only resistance for last year's Ryan Cup winners.
With Waterford realising the scale of their task, the scores flowed freely in the second period.
Martin O'Neill landed two monstrous efforts to guide them in the right direction and two goals from gleeson Six minutes later, Gleeson scored his first goal and a home quarter-final became a live possibility.
Maher leads way in Carlow IT cruise
IT Carlow 4-17 Mary I1-17
Stephen Maher bagged 1-10 - including 1-6 from play - as IT Carlow stormed back to book a place in the last eight.
Mary I had shot out of the blocks, scoring the first four points through David Reidy (free), Seamus Kennedy, Darragh O'Donovan and Stephen Cahill.
But Chris Bolger turned the game on its head with a quickfire brace of goals. A third goal from fellow corner-forward Jack Fagan gave IT Carlow a 3-8 to 0-9 interval lead.
Mary I's Limerick star Declan Hannon was held well in check before retiring late on with an ankle injury.
A 37th-minute goal from Maher put Carlow IT in command, and although Darragh Corry scored a fine 51st minute goal for Mary I, it was just a consolation.
Carlow IT, with DJ Carey and Michael Dempsey part of their management team, easily reached their target of a four-point margin of victory as they eased into the last eight.
Scorers - IT Carlow: S Maher 1-10 (0-4fs), C Bolger 2-0, J Fagan 1-2, C Doughan 0-2fs, A Fogarty, K Kelly, J Doyle 0-1 each. Mary I: D Corry 1-2, D Reidy 0-5f, R Maher 0-3, D Hannon, S Curran 0-2 each, D O'Donovan, S Cahill, S Kennedy 0-1 each.
IT Carlow - C Clancy; C Doyle, M Ryan, J Gannon; W Young, C Doughan, D Palmer; I Byrne, A Fogarty; M Kavanagh, M Harney, S Maher; J Fagan, K Kelly, C Bolger. Subs: J Doyle for Kelly (53); B Staunton for Palmer (58); D O'Hanlon for Young (60); E Prendergast for Byrne (60).
Mary I - M Brown; L Corry, C Barry, A Ryan; R English, J Meagher, T Stapleton; S Kennedy, R Maher; D Reidy, D Hannon, D O'Donovan; N lO'Meara, D Corry, S Cahill. Subs: S Curran for O'Meara (injured) (12); S Linnane for Kennedy (37); E Quirke for English (37); D O'Donovan for Hannon (55).
REF - J Ryan (Tipperary).