TWO out of the three Limerick colleges have advanced to the quarter-finals of the Fitzgibbon Cup.
While the University of Limerick and Limerick Institute of Technology have both booked ‘home’ ties in the last eight, their was heartbreak for Mary Immaculate College in the Third Level senior hurling championship.
Eamonn Cregan’s Mary Immaculate won both opening games in their group but this Tuesday night were defeated by IT Carlow 4-17 to 1-17.
That result saw the final standings decided by score difference after three teams finished with two wins & one defeat.
League champions IT Carlow (+41) finished top with Fitzgibbon Cup holder Waterford IT (+38) in second and Mary Immaculate (+25) back in third and out of the championship.
Mary Immaculate lined out with Doon’s Richie English at wing back. The entire half forward line was made up of Limerick players - David Reidy (Dromin-Athlacca), Declan Hannon (Adare) and Darragh O’Donovan (Doon).
LIT and UL are now both preparing for quarter finals next week.
Davy Fitzgerald’s LIT will play IT Carlow next Tuesday in Moylish at 2.00.
LIT are the host college for the finals weekend and will be anxious to reach the semi-final on Friday February 27.
LIT have the biggest local representation in their panel - Mikey Kiely (Ballybrown), Alan Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), Aaron Murphy (Hospital-Herbertstown), David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), Barry O’Connell (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Seanie O’Brien (Patrickswell), Mark Buckley (Na Piarsaigh).
In that semi-final they could yet meet UL.
Brian Lohan’s UL play the Nicky English managed UCD in their quarter-final next week.
To-date the locals used by UL are Patrickswell duo Kevin O’Brien and Mark Carmody, and Dan Morrissey (Ahane).
UL ensured their position as group winners with a last gasp draw against UCC on Tuesday afternoon. That result eliminated UCC from the competition.
Elsewhere in the quarter-final draw, Cork IT play NUI Galway and Waterford IT v Dublin IT.