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Fitzgibbon Cup round-up: Niland the star as NUIG knock out defending champions UL

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Evan Niland (left) scored 0-11 for NUIG in their win over UL in the Fitzgibbon Cup. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Evan Niland (left) scored 0-11 for NUIG in their win over UL in the Fitzgibbon Cup. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

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Evan Niland (left) scored 0-11 for NUIG in their win over UL in the Fitzgibbon Cup. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

NUIG manager Jeff Lynskey was relieved after his players kept their Fitzgibbon Cup hopes alive and knocked out reigning champions UL at Dangan.

Michael Lynch scored the crucial goal and Evan Niland helped himself to 0-11 as the 2010 champions moved into a Group A decider against UCC.

"We only properly got together two weeks ago," said Lynskey.

"We had a good week and should have beaten UCD. They really expressed themselves today and got some savage scores."

NUIG were 1-12 to 0-8 ahead at half-time after they played with the breeze at their backs.

Niland had already scored seven points by that juncture.

Lynch found the net in the 21st minute after some brilliant work by Liam Forde.

UL had the wind in the second half but received a big blow with 18 minutes remaining when Cleary was sent off for a second yellow card after hauling down Forde, who was through on goal.

And UL couldn’t find a way back despite a stunning display from Limerick All-Ireland winner Barry Murphy.

Limerick IT 4-24

Garda College 0-12

LIT booked their place in the quarter-finals of this year’s Fitzgibbon Cup by trouncing Garda College at Moylish.

First-half goals against a strong breeze from Brian Fanning, Peter Duggan and Peter Casey ensured Jimmy Browne’s side advanced to the knockout stages.

Garda College were never allowed any foothold in the contest and the result never looked in doubt after Fanning’s goal on eight minutes. Casey soon followed up with a second goal from close range after Garda ’keeper Sean Murphy spilled Rob Byrnes’ long delivery.

Duggan gave an exhibition of free-taking on what was a tricky day for hurling. But it was his goal just before half-time that will live long in the memory.

He grabbed a ball at the edge of the square and with referee Diarmuid Kirwan playing advantage, the Clare forward buried a one-handed shot past Murphy to give LIT a 3-10 to 0-8 half-time lead.

Duggan continued to dominate in a second half that yielded him another four points. Oisín O’Reilly then came off the bench to score LIT’s fourth goal late on.

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