Limerick colleges enjoyed a perfect day in the Fitzgibbon Cup on Thursday with UL, LIT and Mary I all winning.
LIT, who host this year’s final weekend, were 1-19 to 1-13 winners over DIT in Parnells ground in Dublin. Four Limerick players featured for LIT with Aaron Murphy in goals, Barry O’Connell at centre-back, Alan Dempsey midfield and Seanie O’Brien at centre-forward. David Dempsey, Alan’s brother, was introduced as a sub. Alan Dempsey and O’Brien hit two points each while Murphy landed a free. The win secures LIT’s place in the quarter-finals.
UL produced a late flourish to see off the challenge of GMIT on a scoreline of 1-24 to 1-11 in UL. Brian Lohan’s side hit 1-9 in the last 11 minutes. Clare’s Tony Kelly, who forms a formidable midfield partnership with Tipperary’s Jason Forde, led the way scoring 0-7 but Patrickswell’s Kevin O’Brien impressed again with five points, four from play, from corner-forward. Mark Carmody was the only other Limerick player to start for UL though Dan Morrissey did come on as a sub.
The most impressive showing however came from Eamon Cregan’s Mary I side. Finalists in 2013, Mary I were 2-19 to 0-10 winners over last year’s champions Waterford IT.
Dromin-Athlacca’s David Reidy top scored for Mary I with eight points while Doon’s Darragh O’Donovan scored 1-2 and Declan Hannon hit 0-2. Other Limerick players to see action for Mary I were Richie English at wing-back and Jody Hannon, who was introduced as a sub.
The final round of group games take place next week but LIT are already through and UL can knock UCC out and take top spot in their group if they beat the Cork side. Mary I still have to play their re-fixed game against Maynooth and Carlow IT but are fancied to reach the last eight.
UL footballers, meanwhile, are in the quarter-final of the Sigerson Cup next Thursday when they play Carlow IT at home. A win for UL would send them forward for a rare appearance at the finals weekend where they would play hosts UCC.