Mary I and UL to meet in Fitzgibbon Cup quarter finals

One Limerick college is guaranteed to make the last four if the Fitzgibbon Cup following victories for Mary Immaculate College and UL yesterday.

Mary I topped their group and earned a home semi final by virtue of a 2-11 to 0-15 win over WIT, while UL saw off the challenge of Maynooth on a 0-21 to 1-13 scoreline.

The duo will meet at Mary I’s grounds on Wednesday or Thursday in a mouth-watering quarter final.

Goals from Shane Ryan and Gary Cooney helped Mary I to victory in what was a fiery game against WIT.

23 January 2020; Shane Ryan of Mary Immaculate College shoots to score his side’s first goal during the Fitzgibbon Cup Group A Round 3 match between Mary Immaculate College and Waterford IT at MICL Grounds in Limerick. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Mary I were two points down at half time, but Ryan’s goal 48 seconds into the half put them ahead.

Cooney’s goal and two superb Tim O’Mahony points helped Mary I to a comfortable lead and they were worthy victors despite a late rally from WIT.

UL booked their spot in the last eight with a hard fought win over Maynooth at Maguire Fields.

Gary Kirby’s side needed stellar performances from Tipperary’s Cian Darcy and Jake Morris to see off the Maynooth challenge. They scored 15 points between them (Darcy 0-9, Morris 0-6).

23 January 2020; Kyle Hayes of UL during the Fitzgibbon Cup Group B Round 3 match between UL and Maynooth at UL Grounds in Limerick. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

One worry for UL ahead of the game with Mary I is the fitness of Kyle Hayes. The Kildimo-Pallaskenry forward limped off with what appeared to be an ankle injury four minutes from time.

The full draw for the Fitzgibbon Cup quarter finals is as follows:

UCC v UCD

Mary I v UL

DCU v WIT

IT Carlow v NUIG

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