Tuesday 21 November 2017

Cooper's early goal sets the tone for Cork IT

Cork IT 2-22 NUI Galway 0-11

Bill Cooper, Cork Institute of Technology, in action against Gordon Joyce, N.U.I. Galway
Bill Cooper, Cork Institute of Technology, in action against Gordon Joyce, N.U.I. Galway
Gordon Joyce, N.U.I. Galway, in action against Conor Hammersley, Cork Institute of Technology
Colm O'Neill, Cork, is stretchered off the pitch after picking up an injury
John Hansbury, N.U.I. Galway, in action against Daniel Dooley, Cork Institute of Technology

Cork IT will face neighbours UCC in next week's Fitzgibbon Cup semi-finals in Belfast after they enjoyed a home quarter-final win over NUI Galway.

The home side dominated proceedings for all but a brief period shortly before half-time, when the visitors had reduced the deficit to five points, but seven points in a row at the outset of the second half ensured that they would not be denied.

With their half-back line and midfield well on top, CIT moved into an early 1-6 to 0-1 lead, the goal coming from Bill Cooper.

NUIG were overly reliant on midfielder Niall O'Brien for scores, but they managed to get a foothold and slowly began to eat into the deficit, three unanswered points leaving them 1-9 to 0-7 behind as half-time approached.

Michael O'Sullivan, who scored four points from midfield for CIT, had the final score of the half, however, and then they upped their game considerably upon the resumption. John O'Dwyer, scorer of seven points, Daniel Dooley and O'Sullivan all scored as they moved 1-17 to 0-7 in front.

Galway's task got tougher as O'Brien was forced to retire through injury. Sub Kevin Hallissey got a fine point for CIT and then, in the 49th minute, he played an excellent ball to David Drake, who fired to the top corner of the net.

That made it 2-18 to 0-8, and though NUIG matched their hosts in the closing stages, the game was already over.

Scorers - Cork IT: J O'Dwyer 0-7 (2fs, 1 '65'), D Dooley, J Cronin, M O'Sullivan 0-4 each, D Drake, B Cooper 1-0 each, E Keane, C Hammersley, K Hallissey 0-1 each. NUI Galway: N O'Brien 0-5 (3fs, 1 '65'), R Greville, G O'Donoghue 0-2 each, JP O'Connell, E O'Farrell 0-1 each.

CORK IT (Cork unless stated) – S Nyhan; S Murphy, A Dennehy, T Lawrence; E Keane, M Ellis, P Butler; D Corbett (Tipperary), M O'Sullivan; C Hammersley (Tipperary), J Cronin, B Cooper; J O'Dwyer (Tipperary), D Dooley, D Drake. Subs: K Hallissey for Dooley (45), W Murphy for O'Sullivan, M Russell for Ellis, M O'Brien (Tipperary) for O'Dwyer (all 51).

NUI GALWAY (Galway unless stated) – K Flynn (Tipperary); D Magner (Offaly), J Hansbury, C Diviney; E Teagle, D Higgins, G Forde; JP O'Connell, N O'Brien (Westmeath); K Downes (Limerick), B Lane, R Greville (Westmeath); G O'Donoghue, B Phelan (Waterford), D Reidy (Clare). Subs: M Mullins for Lane (36), G Joyce (Cork) for Magner (40), E O'Farrell (Cork) for O'Brien (43, injured), E Fahy for Diviney (46), S Cooney for O'Donoghue (53).

Ref – F Horgan (Tipperary).

Irish Independent

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