Aaron Gillane and Cian Lynch fire 3-15 between them as Mary I annihilate DIT
Mary Immaculate College Limerick 5-28 DIT 1-8
Defending champions Mary Immaculate were ruthless as they booked a home quarter-final with a 32-point victory over DIT, with Limerick pair Aaron Gillane and Cian Lynch scoring 3-15 between them.
Gillane bagged two early goals before competing his hat-trick after the break, while Patrickswell clubmate Lynch racked up five points as Mary I enjoyed a 21-point half-time lead (3-15 to 0-3).
DIT, even with stars like Jack Guiney, Bill Maher and Liam Blanchfield on board, never got going, although Cian O’Donoghue responded with a goal on 38 minutes. But their slim hopes evaporated when wing-back Colm Byrne was sent off.
Scorers – Mary I: A Gillane 3-9 (1-0 pen, 5f), C Lynch 0-6, D O’Donovan 1-2, T Monaghan 0-4, T Gallagher 1-0, M O’Neill 0-2, A Flynn, R Maher, C Galvin, L Meade, D Sweeney 0-1 each. DIT: C O’Donoghue 1-0, C Taylor 0-2 (1f), D McNicholas 0-2f, J Walsh, J Guiney (f), L Blanchfield, N Walsh 0-1 each.
Mary I – C Barrett; D Sweeney, R English, E Quirke; C Twomey, R Maher, A Flynn ; C Galvin, S Cahill; D O’Donovan, M O’Neill, A Gillane; T Gallagher, C Lynch, L Meade. Subs: T Monaghan for M O’Neill (45), S Burke for T Gallagher (47), T O’Mahony for C Lynch (50).
DIT – S Brennan; P Reilly, T Doyle, S McClelland; C Byrne, J Guiney, J Kelly; C Taylor, B Maher; C O’Donoghue, D McNicholas, L Blanchfield; J Walsh, R Greville, N Walsh. Subs: D Byrne for J Kelly (h-t), R Curley for N Walsh (h-t), C Byrne for B Maher (47), E O’Hehir for J Kelly (48), A Nugent for D McNicholas (48).
Ref – B Gavin (Offaly)