Tuesday 24 April 2018

UCD need extra time to edge past IT Carlow and into semi-final of Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup

UCD 1-17 1-16 IT Carlow

Conor Devitt and Cian McGabhann of UCD celebrate after beating IT Carlow Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Conor Devitt and Cian McGabhann of UCD celebrate after beating IT Carlow Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

IT took extra time to separate these sides in a thrilling and highly commpetitive Fitzgibbon Cup hurling quarter final played in horrendous conditions at the IT grounds in Carlow on Tuesday.

In the end UCD edged home, thanks primarily to a 75th minute goal from left half forward Colm Cronin who availed of a piece of sloppiness in the home defence to find the Carlow net and send the Dublin students into a 1-17 to 1-13 lead.

The game ebbed and flowed in normal time, UCD building up an 0-7 to 0-1 lead before a Jack Fagan goal from Carlow on the half hour brought them right back into contention with wind advantage to come.

Carlow went two points clear in the second half but UCD refused to buckle and defiant hurling from the likes of Pat Hannon, Cian O'Callaghan, Conor O'Shea, Padraic Guinan, Colm Cronin and Oisín O'Rourke saw them lead 0-13 to 1-9 with 58 minutes on the clock after Waterford senior star Colin Dunford was straight red-carded for a high tackle on an opponent which produced the lead point from the resultant free.

 In the remaining time Carlow forced a free from which goalie Enda Rowland levelled matters from long range. In the opening minute of extra time a foul on Carlow's James Doyle in the large square saw James Owens award a penalty but 'keeper Rowland's effort was wide.

UCD availed of this let-off to go 0-16 t 1-11 at half time of extra time. Cronin's goal was the crowning glory for the visitors as they just held out in the face of strong Carlow pressure in the final minutes as the leeway was cut to a point.

The winners hit 15 wides over the course of the game to Carlow's eight.

Scorers: UCD: O O'Rourke 0-8, 0-6f, 01 65 C Cronin 1-3, P Guinan, J Maher 0-2 each; C O'Shea (f), C Devitt 0-1 each.

IT Carlow: E Rowland (0-4f 01 65), S Maher (0-4f) 0-5 each, J Fagan 1-0, C Dwyer, M Russell 0-2 each, C Dunford, K Kelly 0-1 each.

UCD: D Holohan; P Hannon, S Murphy, E Conroy; J Madden, C O'Callaghan, C O'Shea; H Lawlor, S Moran; J Maher, C Devitt, C Cronin; P Guinan, O O'Rourke, J O'Connor. Subs: C McGabhann for Moran (52); J Malone for Madden (64); J Phelan for Cronin (injured) (76).

IT Carlow: E Rowland; K Hannafin, W Young, R Brown; D Healy, M Harney, D Palmer; M Russell, K Kelly; C Dwyer, J Doyle, S Maher; C Dunford, J Fagan, C Bolger. Subs: T Nolan for Maher (27); S Maher for Nolan (34); T Nolan for Bolger (50); M Kavanagah for Nolan (79).

Referee: J Owens (Wexford).

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