Tuesday 24 April 2018

UL finish GMIT off with 1-9 without reply in Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup

University of Limerick 1-24 GMIT 1-11

Tony Kelly, Clare, hit seven points for UL
Tony Kelly, Clare, hit seven points for UL

Declan Rooney

UL blitzed GMIT was a powerful last ten minutes to clinch their second win in their Fitzgibbon Cup Group 2 at UL.

Jason Flynn's goal 11 minutes from time for GMIT put just a point between the sides as Brian Lohan's troops had failed to build on a near monopoly of possession.

But the Limerick students finished off the game with style and hit 1-9 without reply to take what was a convincing win in the end.

Despite their unbeaten record, UL are not through to the quarter finals just yet and will need to avoid a seven point defeat to UCC at the Mardyke to make sure of a spot in the last eight.

With Flynn and Tadhg Haran in good form before the break, GMIT made the most of their wind advantage and managed to keep their deficit at the break to 0-10 to 0-8.

Flynn got them of the mark with a fine long range point after Kevin O'Brien's early free for UL, but Haran's brilliant long range sideline cut gave GMIT the lead soon after.

Two points from Clare star Tony Kelly and one each for Tony Heffernan and Kevin O'Brien gave UL a three point lead, but Haran added another three frees before half time to keep GMIT in touch.

Haran levelled matters by the 35th minute after another brace of frees, and despite a UL surge led by the brilliant Jason Forde, Flynn's goal meant just a point separated the sides with 11 minute left.

But UL responded masterfully with a great point from Kelly and after another unanswered seven scores, substitute PJ Scully finished off the job with 1-1 in the last minute.

Scorers – UL: T Kelly 0-7 (3f), K O'Brien 0-5 (1f), J Forde 0-4 (2f), PJ Scully 1-1, T Heffernan 0-3, J McGrath 0-2, D McInerney & D Quinn 0-1 each.

GMIT: T Haran 0-7 (6f, 1'sl), J Flynn 1-3, D Burke 0-1.

University of Limerick: P Maher; J Brown, D McInerney, E Moriarty; D Quinn, B Troy, B Stapleton; J Forde, T Kelly; J McGrath, S O'Gorman, T Heffernan; K O'Brien, C Martin, M Carmody.

Subs: B Maher for O'Gorman (49), D Morrissey for Stapleton (52), T Cleary for McGrath (58).

GMIT: D Starr; P Fox, I Creaven, K Lane; P Hoban, K Kennedy, D Burke; P Flanagan, D Conroy; J Flynn, S Collins, C O'Donnell; N Keary, S Lawless, T Haran.

Subs: D Cooney for Collins (45), M Hannify for Flanagan (52), L Cosgrove for Kennedy (61), D McGreal for Hoban (62).

Referee: B Gavin (Offaly).


Independent.ie HE GAA Fitzgibbon Cup Round 2 Results

University of Limerick 0-21 GMIT 1-11

NUI Galway 0-21 UCC 0-19

CIT 1-19 St Pat's-Mater Dei 1-14

UCD 2-16 DCU 1-14

LIT 1-18 DIT 1-13

Mary I 2-19 WIT 0-10

Maynooth University 1-3 IT Carlow 9-24

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