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SLIDESHOW: LIT defeat Garda College as champions UL bow out of Fitzgibbon Cup


After just squeaking home against Carlow IT in the opening round, hosts Limerick IT qualified for the play-off stages of the Fitzgibbon Cup when racking up a twenty-four point victory over Garda College in Moylish on Thursday. A barrage of scores midway through the first-half shot them into an eleven-point lead and, while their losers steadied the ship with four unanswered scores, top scorer Peter Duggan bagged LIT’s third goal just before the break to close off any chance of an

Indeed, such was their dominance that they could afford to take off countymen Diarmaid Byrnes, Peter Casey and Jason McCarthy during the interval and still manage to tighten their grip even further during the second half.

Hampered by the loss leading players, Barry O’Connell, Darraagh Stapleton and Shane Barrett red cards picked up in the previous weekend’s loss to Trinity, the Templemore college struggled to match the physique and touch of their star-studded opponents in vital sectors of the field.

Although the diagonal wind favoured the Gardaí, Oisín Kelly and Rian Doody had LIT off the mark inside a minute before Ray Barry, Kevin Slattery and Mark Heffernan gave the visitors the lead. It lasted just a minute as Brian Fanning dispossessed his marker, turned him and blated to the net.

Points from Doody and Peter Duggan from play and from a free were followed by Peter Casey pouncing on a fumble to whip home LIT’s second goal.and two Duggan frees and David Reidy followed up to move them into open territory.

As the breeze picked up again, Barry’s free, Ciarán Russell, Brian Murphy and Eoin Sheehan got Garda back into the game. However, the response was wiped out when Duggan’s free and Casey were followed by Duggan catching high, turning and beating off the challenges for Moylish’s third goal before Sheehan’s reply cut the half-time deficit to 3-10 to 0-8.

Picking up where they left off, Duggan, Doody, Duggan again and Robert Byrnes struck before Kevin Slattery’s free broke the sequence. The gap widened as Enda Boyce, Duggan’s free and Byrnes found the target and, after Heffernan hit back, Oisín O’Reilly and two Duggan frees kept the LIT scores ticking over.

Cillian O’Connor shot just over in the nearest Garda came to finding the net, Duggan’s free and Ronan Murphy replied and Barry’s free shaved the top side of the crossbar before O’Reilly, bursting past three challenges to blast home the fourth goal, Jordan Conway and Kelly finished off the scoring for the hosts.

frees), Peter Casey, Oisín O’Reilly 1-1 each, Brian Fanning 1-0, Rian
Doody 0-3, Oisín Kelly, Robert Byrnes 0-2 each, David Dempsey, Enda
Boyce, Ronan Murphy, Jordan Conway 0-1 each;

GARDA COLLEGE:  Ray Barry 0-3 (3 frees), Mark Heffernan, Kevin Slattery (1 free), Eoin Sheehan
0-2 each, Ciarán Russell, Cillian O’Connor 0-1 each.

Delaney (Offaly), Darren Moran (Tipperary), Robert Byrnes (Tipperary);
Diarmaid Byrnes (Limerick), Seán Ryan (Tipperary), Jason McCarthy
(Clare); Enda Boyce (Clare), Rian Doody (Tipperary); David Dempsey
(Limerick), Brian Fanning (Limerick), Peter Duggan (Clare); Peter
Casey (Limerick), Oisín Kelly (Offaly), David Reidy (Clare). SUBS:
Ciarán Cooney (Clare) for Diarmaid Byrnes (half-time), Ronan Murphy
(Galway) for Jason McCarthy (half-time), Jordan Conway (Kerry) for
Peter Casey (half-time), Oisín O’Reilly (Limerick) for Brian Fanning
(34 minutes).

GARDA COLLEGE: Seán Murphy (Wexford); Joey O’Keeffe (Tipperary), Aidan
Ryan (Tipperary), John Finnerty (Galway); Mark Heffernan (Limerick),
Brian Murphy (Kerry), Richie Doyle (Kilkenny); Dylan Sheehan
(Limerick), James Corry (Clare); Eoin Sheehan (Cork), Anthony Harnett
(Limerick), Seán Keane (Cork); Ray Barry (Waterford), Kevin Slattery
(Tipperary), Ciarán Russell (Clare). SUBS; Michael Brislane
(Tipperary) for Seán Keane (44 minutes), Cillian O’Connor (Cork) for
Kevin Slattery (48 minutes).

REFEREE: Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork).

Meanwhile, a first half goal from Michael Lynch helped NUIG dump reigning champions UL out of the Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup at Dangan today as they fell to a second defeat in Group A. (NUI Galway 1-19 UL 0-17)

Scorers for NUI Galway: Evan Niland 0-11 (0-9f), Michael Lynch 1-2, Conor Whelan 0-2, Sean Loftus, Darragh Burke, Conor Sheedy, Brian Corry 0-1 each.

Scorers for UL: Barry Murphy 0-11 (0-10f), Michael Carey, Jack Shelly, Jake Morris, Kevin O’Brien, Jack Goulding, Tom Morrissey 0-1 each.

NUI Galway: Shane Hennessy (Nenagh Éire Óg, Tipperary), Michael Lynch (Kilnadeema-Leitrim, Galway), Jack Fitzpatrick (Killimordaly, Galway), Declan Connolly (Killimordaly, Galway), Conor Caulfield (Kilconieron, Galway), Paul Hoban (Loughrea, Galway), Andrew Greaney (Craughwell, Galway), Sean Loftus (Turloughmore, Galway), Ian Fox (Sarsfields, Galway), Darragh Burke (St Thomas’, Galway), Conor Whelan (Kinvara, Galway), Liam Forde (Ardrahan, Galway), Conor Sheedy (Roscrea, Tipperary), Evan Niland (Clarinbridge, Galway), Brian Concannon (Killimordaly, Galway). Subs: Sam McArdle (Clarinbridge, Galway) for Greaney (46), Enda Fahy (Michael Cusack’s, Galway) for Forde (48), Brian Corry (Sixmilebridge, Clare) for Sheedy (50)

UL: Barry Hogan (Kiladangan, Tipperary), Aidan McGuane (Kilmaley, Clare), Evan Cody (Dicksboro, Kilkenny), Jordan Henley (Tallow, Waterford), Michael Carey (Young Irelands, Kilkenny), Conor Cleary (Kilmaley, Clare), Brian Cody (St Martin’s, Kilkenny), Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh, Limerick), Jack Shelly (Mullinahone, Tipperary), Ian Galvin (Clonlara, Clare), Kevin O’Brien (Patrickswell, Limerick), Tom Morrissey (Ahane, Limerick), Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg, Tipperary), Martin Keoghan (Tullaroan, Kilkenny), Barry Murphy (Doon, Limerick) Subs: Barry Nash (South Liberties, Limerick) for O’Brien (17, blood) O’Brien for Nash (18), Nash for Lynch (half-time) Jack Goulding (Ballyduff, Kerry) for Morris (39), Shane Veale (Kilmacud Crokes, Dublin) for Keoghan (47), JP Lucey (Shamrocks, Waterford) for Veale (60).

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary).

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