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Tipperary's Jason Forde who lined out for UL

Tipperary's Jason Forde who lined out for UL

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Tipperary's Jason Forde who lined out for UL

Brian Lohan's UL got off to the perfect start in the 2014 Fitzgibbon Cup as they scored a convincing victory over visitors UCD.

In a pivotal group B opener, the Limerick side put themselves in pole position for a place in the quarter-finals by recording an impressive 11-point victory on home soil.

Lohan, Clare's two-time All-Ireland SHC medallist, oversaw an accomplished display from the four-time winners as they overcame a sluggish opening to win pulling up.

In a three-team group, this victory almost guarantees a spot in the last eight.

Tipperary pair Jason Forde and Tommy Heffernan hit 1-9 between them and it was a run of 1-6 without reply from UL that put the game beyond doubt.

They had fallen 0-1 to 0-3 behind early on but pulled 1-11 to 1-4 clear at the break.

UCD's top scorer Jack Guiney netted from a 20m free in the 36th minute, but that score was merely temporary respite as UL kept the scoreboard ticking over, with scoring contributions from 10 players.

SCORERS – UL: J Forde 0-7 (5fs), T Heffernan 1-2, P Collins, C Malone 0-3 each, B Stapleton, J Glynn 0-2 each, T Ryan, C Ryan, P Walsh, T O'Brien 0-1 each. UCD: J Guiney 1-6 (1-4fs), C Keane 1-1, P Murphy 0-2.

UL – S Hassett; P Flanagan, J Sheehan, J Browne; T Ryan, D Morrissey, C Ryan; B Maher, P Walsh; C Malone, P Collins, B Stapleton; J Forde, J Glynn, T Heffernan. Subs: S Morey for Sheehan (38), T O'Brien for Heffernan (49), M O'Neill for Stapleton (50), M Boran for Maher (55), D Quinn for Flanagan (58).

UCD – B Leydon; B O'Carroll, W Phelan, J Gannon; B Coughlan, M O'Hanlon, W Egan; Conor O'Shea (Galway), C Buckley; P Murphy, D Fox, G Sinnott; C Keane, J Guiney, W Walsh. Subs: Conor O'Shea (Kilkenny) for Conor O'Shea (Galway) (h-t), D Higgins for Fox (45), J McDowell for O'Carroll (45), S Murphy for Coughlan (49), M Brennan for Keane (58).

REF – F Horgan (Tipperary).

Irish Independent