Friday 19 January 2018

Deise star Patrick Curran hits 12 points as DCU advance to the Fitzgibbon quarter-finals

Trinity 1-14 DCU 0-19

DCU's Patrick Curran. Photo: Sportsfile
DCU's Patrick Curran. Photo: Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

WATERFORD star Patrick Curran scored 12 points as DCU progressed to the knockout stages of the Fitzgibbon Cup.

Trinity College, who lost Cian O'Dulaing to injury at the throw-in, produced their best performance of the campaign but DCU did enough to set up an historic quarter-final clash with UCC at the Mardyke next week.

WIT are the big casualties from Group C but all DCU could do was win their final group game – and ideally with plenty to spare.

It didn’t quite work out like that as Trinity were level six times before DCU finally managed to shake them off.

At half-time, the sides were tied at 0-9 each and while DCU eventually kicked for home, they were left sweating on the result at the death when Eoin Kelly netted a late goal for Trinity. Curran was the difference, with ten of his points from placed balls.

SCORERS- DCU: P Curran 0-12 (10f), G Bailey 0-2, R McBride, AJ Murphy, K Doyle, T French & E Conroy 0-1 each. Trinity - C O’Sullivan 0-8 (6f), E Kelly 1-0, D Butler 0-3, F O Riain Broin 0-2 (1f), N Redmond 0-1.

DCU - R Gillen; S McCaw; E O’Donnell, D Brennan; A Maddock, P Foley, P O’Dea; G Bailey, J O’Connor; J Byrne, R McBride, L Fahey; E Conroy, P Curran, K Doyle. Subs: AJ Murphy for Fahey (h.t.), T French for Byrne (50), H O’Connor for Doyle (57), P Kelly) for Bailey (59).

TRINITY - E Skelly; J O’Neill, D O’Donoghue, C Keating; C O’Riain Broin, M Malone, E McNamara; C O’Sullivan, C O’Dulaing; D Butler, N Redmond, F O’Riain Broin; E Kelly, C O’Carroll, S Ryan.  Subs: S O’Connor for O Dulaing (3), A Coffey for Ryan (57).

Referee: J McGrath (Westmeath)

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