Monday 19 March 2018

Kearney's first half blitz sends CIT on their way to easy Fitzgibbon win

CIT 1-14 DCU-St Pat's 0-6 Newsdesk Newsdesk

Michael Kearney’s first-half tally of 1-5 helped Cork IT to an easy victory over DCU-St Patrick’s.

Frank Flannery’s side raced out of the blocks, racking up 1-5 before their opponents even got off the mark, with Waterford’s Kearney hitting all but one of those scores.

All but two of Kearney’s first-half tally came from dead balls as CIT took advantage of the breeze, while Pat’s outfit could only reply with three points (all frees) from Billy Ryan of Kilkenny.

CIT found the net on 11 minutes after Jerry O’Neill’s sideline ball dropped short in front of the Pat’s goal, with a melee resulting in a penalty converted by Kearney.

An O’Neill point – originally signalled wide by the umpire – was the first of a few disputed attempts to require the intervention of referee John Keane, whose half-time whistle signalled a welcome reprieve from the elements, with Cork IT up by 1-10 to 0-3.

With the wind at their backs in the second half, Pat’s continued to battle – holding CIT to just four second-half points – but they could not find a goal to threaten a comeback.

Scorers – Cork IT: M Kearney 1-6 (1-0 pen, 4f), A Coffey 0-3 (1f), J O’Neill 0-2, J Buckley, T O’Connor, C Kingston 0-1 each. DCU-St Patrick’s: B Ryan 0-5f, P Spellacy 0-1.

CIT – P Collins; D Hartnett, D Fanning, E Healy; K Galvin, C O’Neill, D Noonan; J Buckley, J Good; J O’Neill, M Kearney, A Coffey; C Keane, M Cahalane, T O’Connor. Subs: C Kingston for C Keane (47), K Duggan for T O’Connor (58).

DCU-St Pat’s – K Dunphy; R Tubrid, D O’Shea, J Barun; C Brady, B McDowell, G Malone; R Fitzpatrick, N Mullins; P Spellacy, B Ryan, S Morrissey; J Firman, O Storey, C Breathnach. Subs: F Curran for J Barun (50), G Kelly for C Breathnach (56), A Cox for R Fitzpatrick (58).

Ref – J Keane (Galway)

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