Just eight third-level institutions remain in the race to lift the Fitzgibbon Cup in 2019
LIT v NUI Galway
Mary Immaculate v Cork IT
DCU v DIT
UCC v IT Carlow
* Games mid-week this coming week with first team home advantage
UCC 1-19 NUIG 0-15
An early goal from Shane Kingston ensured that UCC led all through as they assured themselves of top spot in Group A with victory over NUIG on the 3G pitch at Páirc Uí Chaoimh today.
Kingston goaled in the third minute and UCC were soon 1-2 to 0-1 ahead before leading 1-13 to 0-5 at half-time with Shane Conway and Mark Coleman impressing.
Scorers – UCC: S Conway 0-7 (5f), S Kingston 1-0, C O’Leary (2f), M Kehoe 0-3 each, D Griffin, M Coleman 0-2 each, E Sheehan, C Roche 0-1 each. NUIG: E Niland 0-9 (7f), M Lynch 0-2, C Sheedy, S Loftus, I Fox, D Burke (f) 0-1 each.
UCC – J Barry; K Dwyer, E Gunning, N O’Leary; C O’Leary, P O’Loughlin, D Griffin; C Browne, M Coleman; C Roche, S Kingston, M O’Halloran; S Conway, M Kehoe, E Sheehan. Subs: R O’Flynn for O’Halloran (43), N Montgomery for Conway (49), S Hayes for Kingston (55), D Walsh for O’Loughlin (56), J O’Sullivan for Roche (59).
NUIG – S Hennessy; C Caulfield, J Fitzpatrick, A Greaney; D Connolly, P Hoban, S Loftus; I Fox, B Concannon; M Lynch, D Burke, C Whelan; E Niland, L Forde, C Sheedy. Subs: P Monaghan for Burke (21, injured), S Fletcher for Monaghan (44, injured), S Kennedy for Forde (55), C Fahey for Sheedy (60).
Ref – J Murphy (Limerick)
Cork IT 0-15 Waterford IT 0-9
CORK IT are through to the quarter-finals after this home win.
With both sides losing to DCU Dóchas Éireann in their opening game in Group C, they knew only a win would be good enough to qualify to the last eight of the tournament.
Waterford grabbed the first score of the game when Jack Prendergast spilt the uprights but that was quickly cancelled out by Andrew Coffey for the home side.
That would signal a period in play when the two teams would swap scores with Stephen Condon, who also missed a couple of dead ball situations, twice firing over for Waterford I.T while a brace of converted frees from Josh Beausang ensured C.I.T remained level at 0-3 to 0-3.
Waterford threatened to pull away from their opponents with a couple of well-taken scores as the first half drew to a close but C.I.T responded emphatically with seven unanswered points to make it 0-10 to 0-5 at the beginning of the second period.
The visitors continued to battle as frees from Stephen Condon and goalkeeper Billy Nolan, either side of an over from Josh Beausang, kept them in touching distance with ten minutes remaining, 0-11 to 0-8.
But C.I.T finished strongly and four superb frees from the accurate Beausang was enough to see them secure the win which sets up a meeting with Mary Immaculate College Limerick in the quarters.
Scorers for C.I.T: J Beausang 0-9 (8f, 1 65), A Coffey and S Cummins 0-2 each, D Noonan and C Prunty 0-1 each.
W.I.T: S Condon 0-4 (3f), B Nolan 0-3 (3f), J Prendergast and S O’Gorman 0-1 each.
C.I.T: P Collins; E Healy, D Fanning, K Galvin; D Harrington, E Heffernan, C Prunty; J Good, D Noonan; B Everard, R Walsh, S Cummins; J Beausang, A Coffey, E O’Shea.
Subs: P Geary for E O’Shea (19), J Cooper for R Walsh (48), N Fives for S Cummins (61).
W.I.T: B Nolan; S Smyth, O McGrath, K Hassett; T Walsh, S Ryan, R Flynn; B Barrett, M Whelan; S O’Gorman, O Walsh, S Murphy; S Condon, C Hennessey, J Prendergast.
Subs: E O’Halloran for B Barrett (42), A Roche for S O’Gorman (54).
Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary).
IT Carlow 3-15 Garda College 1-6
IT Carlow booked their place in quarter-finals with a facile victory over the Garda College in blizzard like conditions.
A brace of first half goals from Waterford’s Colin Dunford put this game to bed very early in extremely tough conditions for hurling, but IT Carlow still produced some very slick scores throughout the game.
That first half score line was certainly reflective of the play with IT Carlow scoring with ease early on and when Dunford scored two goals in the space of a minute in the 25 minute – both coming from mistakes from Garda College keeper Sean Murphy – they never looked back and had the result put to bed in the 20th minute when Seamus Casey raised their third green flag to give his side a commanding lead.
An impressive outing from Chris Nolan who registered an decent tally of four points from play along with strong performances for key men such as Richie Leahy and Cathal Dunbar put this game out of sight for the Garda College who left too much of a hill to climb for themselves at half-time, going in at the break having played against the blizzard, trailing 3-11 to 0-2.
But the Garda College put some respectability back on the scoreline in the second period, with Dylan Sheahan mustering a couple of points while corner forward Ray Barry notched an excellent goal after a breaking ball from Cillian O’Connor sent him through to finish early in the half.
So bad were the conditions, that referee Cathal McAllister blew up proceedings with some eight minutes of play remaining with the result not in doubt, as IT Carlow can now look ahead to a FItzgibbon Cup quarter-final bout.
Scorers – IT Carlow: Chris Nolan (0-5), Colin Dunford (2-1), (Seamus Casey (1-3), Sean Downey (0-2), Thomas Nolan (0-2), Richard Leahy (0-1), Michael Harney (0-1)
Garda College: Ray Barry (1-1), Dylan Sheahan (0-3), Barry O’Connell (0-1), Kevin Slattery (0-1)
IT Carlow – Enda Rowland (Abbeyleix, Laois); Sean Reck (Oylegate Glenbrien, Wexford), Ryan Mullaney (Castletown, Laois), Conor Langton (Clodaigh Gaels, Offaly) ; Michael Redmond (Rathnure, Wexford), Michael Harney (Bunmahon, Waterford), Jason Cleere (Bennettsbridge, Kilkenny); Thomas Nolan (Drom&Inch, Tipperary), Richard Leahy (Rower Inistioge, Kilkenny); Sean Downey (Ballinakill, Laois), Colin Dunford (Colligan, Waterford), Cathal Dunbar (Ballygarrett, Wexford); Kevin Murphy (rower Inistioge, Wexford), Chris Nolan (Mount Leinster Rangers. Carlow), Seamus Casey (Oylegate Glenbrien, Wexford)
UCD 3-8 UL 0-15
Despite a last-gasp win over UL at Belfield tonight, UCD crashed out of the Fitzgibbon Cup.
Requiring a victory of at least 10 points to usurp second place NUIG, the south Dublin college fell short in their quest for a knockout spot. This result means 2018 champions UL finished Group A with three straight defeats - but they can consider themselves unfortunate to have lost out in this contest.
UCD had given themselves hope when a Stephen Quirke goal propelled them into a 1-2 to 0-0 lead inside the opening 10 minutes.
However, after Barry Nash (two), Conor Cleary and JP Lucey found the target in quick succession, Barry Murphy restored parity on 15 minutes.
Paul Crummey got UCD back on track with a second goal, only for the dependable Murphy to provide the visitors with a slender interval cushion (0-9 to 2-2).
The expected UCD onslaught never quite materialised on the resumption, as UL kept themselves in the ascendancy through Nash and the increasingly-prominent Ian Galvin.
They remained in front for the majority of the second-half, but came unstuck when a Jake Malone sideline cut deep into stoppage-time drifted past stranded UL netminder Barry Hogan.
Scorers - UCD: R Hayes 0-5 (4f), J Malone 1-1 (1-0 s/line), S Quirke, P Crummey 1-0 each, M Cody, S Carey 0-1 each. UL: B Murphy 0-6 (5f), B Nash, I Galvin 0-3 each, R Lynch, C Cleary, JP Lucey 0-1 each.
UCD - B Hogan; I O’Shea, R Lennon, G Molloy; M Cody, H Lawlor, D Fitzgerald; C MacGabhann, R Hayes; R Purcell, S Flanagan, P Guinan; P Crummey, S Quirke, S Carey. Subs: J Malone for Purcell (h-t), B O’Connor for MacGabhann (50), C McGuckian for Flanagan (54), D Ryan for Crummey (58).
UL - J Power; J Henley, E Cody, A McGuane; R Lynch, C Cleary, B Coady; J Shelly, M Carey; T Hannon, B Nash, I Galvin; B Murphy, K O’Brien, JP Lucey. Subs: B Hogan for Power, K Hayes for Lucey (both h-t), L Lyons for Henley (42), D Joy for Murphy (56-58), Joy for McGuane (58).
REF - J Keenan (Wicklow).
DIT 4-12 Maynooth University 1-9
A strong showing from Eoghan Dunne, scoring 1-4 from, puts DIT into a quarter-final against DCU.
Played in abysmal conditions in Maynooth, last year’s Ryan Cup winners couldn’t handle the direct style of Dunne, who scored his goal midway through the first-half.
While a Niall Walsh goal for DIT was cancelled out by Maynooth’s David Connolly, the visitors got on top with the help of Dunne and Liam Blanchfield who guided them to 2-8 to 0-6 interval lead.
DIT continued their dominance on the re-start and Blanchfield’s 50th minute goal put them in total control. Few saw DIT’s fourth goal as Keogh scored a another goal from distance, underlining the testing conditions on the night.
In the end, Maynooth closed out their involvement in the Cup with a Conor Stakelum goal, which did little to alter the margin.
DIT: E Dunne 1-4 (4fs); D Keogh and L Blanchfield 1-1 each; N Walsh 1-0; C Ryan (‘65) and G Whelan 0-2 each; A Clarke and Q Sanders 0-1 each.
MAYNOOTH: J Fallon 0-6fs; C Stakelum 1-0; J Cullen (1f), D Connolly and S Buggy 0-1 each.
DIT: J Tracey; D Eggerton, S Brennan, S McClelland; D Keogh, D Kelly, C Ryan; P Maher, A Clarke; N Walsh, L Blanchfield, G Whelan; B Quinn, E Dunne, E Dillon. SUBS: J McGuirk for Walsh (h/t); D Guiney for Maher (38 mins); E McLoughney for Ryan (46);
MAYNOOTH: M Doyle; E Moloney, D Comerford, F O’Crualaoich; J Cullen, C Moloney, C Byrne; R Smith, D Connolly; A Gaffney, C Stakelum, C Heary; S Buggy, E O’Donnacdha, J Fallon. SUBS: A Kelly for O’Donnacdha (59 mins)
REF: D Hughes (Carlow)