Thursday 14 December 2017

Drake goal key as CIT secure victory

Cork IT 1-12 Limerick IT 0-10

John O'Dwyer
John O'Dwyer

A goal in the 51st minute from David Drake was the key score as Cork IT began their campaign with a win.

The hosts opened up a two-point lead of 0-9 to 0-7 when corner-forward Drake won a delivery from Micheal Russell and fired past goalkeeper Aaron Murphy.

Buoyed by that, CIT battled to the finish and can now guarantee a home quarter-final if they beat GMIT next week. However, for long periods this game was in the balance and underdogs LIT could have snatched it.

The Davy Fitzgerald-managed side kept things tight in the first half, the end of which the scoreboard read 0-3 each.

After the restart, the game opened up a bit more, with John O'Dwyer on song from frees for CIT, while first-half substitute Jamie Coughlan was having a significant impact on proceedings.

Points from those two put them two clear and when Drake found the net, they were not going to be denied.

Scorers – Cork IT: J O'Dwyer 0-6 (5fs), D Drake 1-0, J Coughlan 0-2, J Cronin, C Hammersley, D Dooley, K Hallissey 0-1 each. Limerick IT: T Kelly 0-4 (2fs, one '65'), J Shanahan 0-3 (2fs), A Dempsey, S O'Brien, C McInerney 0-1 each.

CORK IT – S Nyhan; S Murphy, A Dennehy, T Lawrence; E Keane, M Russell, P Butler; W Murphy, M O'Sullivan; J O'Dwyer, J Cronin, C Hammersley; M O'Brien, D Dooley, D Drake. Subs: J Coughlan for O'Brien (21), K Hallissey for Dooley (37), M Ellis for W Murphy (43).

LIMERICK IT – A Murphy; A Dempsey, M Minehan, C Nolan; P Flaherty, B O'Connell, E Boyce; S O'Brien, J Shanahan; T Kelly, P Begley, P Ivors; O Hickey, C McInerney, S McGrath.

Ref – F Horgan (Tipperary)

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