LIT Book Semi Final Date With Holders Mary I Following Tough UCD Encounter

A dominant second half performance from LIT was enough to overcome a serious challenge from Nicky English’s UCD 1-20 to 1-13 in today’s second Fitzgibbon Cup Quarter Final in Moylish.

LIT started the brighter of the two teams and raced into a 0-3 to 0-1 lead but were pegged back in the 6th minute as Luke Scanlon expertly pounced on Oisin O’Rorke’s 65’ to net a goal for the visitors to put them a point to the good.

The next 15 minutes saw the sides exchange points as the two teams were level 5 times in the opening half. However, just before the half time break UCD began to make use of the strong wind at their backs.

The final four points of the half were scored by the Leinster side courtesy of Darragh Dolan, Tadgh de Búrca, James Madden and O’Rorke.

This gave UCD a 3-point lead at the half, 1-09 to 0-09, although it being a very even opening period.
The second half began in the same vein as the LIT were unable to reel in their opponents, whilst UCD were unable to pull further ahead of the home team. After 35 minutes UCD led by 1-11 to 0-12. By the time they got their next score 10 minutes later however, they would find themselves trailing by 2.
In the intervening 10 minutes LIT became accustomed to the favouring wind and tacked on 5 points without reply. Limerick senior panellist Barry O’Connel was the man to level the scores at 1-11 to 0-14.

O’Rorke pointed for UCD to halt LIT’s momentum but this was only a momentary pause in LIT’s assault as they fired over the following three scores to increase their lead to 0-20 to 1-12 with only 5 minutes remaining on the clock.

Although UCD were the team desperate for a goal, it would Davy Fitz’ charges who would strike the telling blow in the final moments. A powerful run from Na Piarsaigh’s David Dempsey was finished to the net by Jason McCarthy to kill off the game.

When the final whistle was blown, the scoreboard read 1-20 to 1-13 in favour of LIT, who advance into the semi-finals of the competition once more. There they will face Mary I, the reigning champions who knocked the Moylish side out at the same stage last year.

Davy Fitz will be especially pleased with the composure of his side who overcame a poor first half against the wind to outscore their opponents by 1-11 to 0-04 in the second period. However, he will know that his team must improve considerably to knock out the holders.

LIT
Eibhear Quilligan, Oisin O’Brien, Kieran Bennett, Cian Nolan, Willie Ryan, Barry O’Connel, Diarmaid Byrnes, David Reidy, Wilie Connors, Shane Bennett, Paul Killeen, Jason McCarthy, Jamie Shanahan, Peter Duggan, David Dempsey Sub Ciaran Cooney.

UCD
Darragh Holohan, Eddie Hayden, Paddy Hannon, Jack O’Connor, Huw Lawlor, Tadgh de Búrca, Cillain Buckley, Cian MacGabhann, Darragh Dolan, James Maher, James Madden, Paraic Guinan, Oisin O’Rorke, Luke Scanlon, DJ Foran Subs Rory Dwan, Brian Quigley, Cathal Keane, Stephen Quirke.
Scorers- LIT- Paul Killeen (0-6f) 0-7, Jason McCarthy 1-3, Diarmaid Byrnes (0-1f) 0-3, Shane Bennett (0-1f), David Demspey 0-2 each, Barry O’Connell, Peter Duggan & Willie Connors 0-1 each.
Scorers- UCD- DJ Foran (0-4f) 0-5, Luke Scanlon 1-0, Oisin O’Rorke (0-2f) 0-3, Darragh Dolan 0-2, James Madden, Tadhg de Búrca (0-1f) & James Maher 0-1 each.

Social Sharing

Posted in

Limerick learn McGrath Cup opponents as 2023 fixtures are revealed

Limerick will be under new management for the first time since 2017 as Ray Dempsey makes his debut ...
Read More

Fixtures confirmed for Newcastle West and Na Piarsaigh’s Munster Football Finals

Both sides secured safe passage to their respective provincial finals over the weekend with wins over Tipperary opposition. ...
Read More

PREVIEW | Intermediate Hurling Championship decider between Croagh-Kilfinny and Na Piarsaigh takes place this weekend

Both teams were successful in their respective semi-final clashes which were played on the 23rd of October. The ...
Read More

PREVIEW | St. Kieran’s face Cork’s Ballygiblin in Munster Junior Hurling Club Championship this weekend

Kieran's overcame Clare opposition Banner in the semi-final with a dramatic 0-17 to 0-16 victory after extra-time. St. ...
Read More

Preview | Munster championship at stake for Monaleen in Intermediate Hurling Final against Roscrea

The City side have already went one better than their previous Munster championship in 2016 where they lost ...
Read More

“It’s hectic but brilliant” | Declan Hannon on return to round robin, team holiday and Harty Cup

Declan Hannon was in attendance at the unveiling of eir as a new official sponsor of the GAA ...
Read More

Declan Hannon helps launch new official sponsor of All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

Limerick will be bidding for four in a row next summer as they attempt to retain their stranglehold ...
Read More

HIGHLIGHTS | Newcastle West avenge defeat of 2015 in Munster semi-final triumph against Clonmel Commercials

The Magpies will now face Kerrins O'Rahilly's in a fortnight's time to contest for the Munster Senior Football ...
Read More