IT was a good day for Limerick third-level colleges who all made it through to the quarter-finals of the 2016 Fitzgibbon cup.
Mary Immaculate College reached the knock-out stages after an emphatic 1-20 to 0-5 victory over DIT.
The win sets up a last eight meeting at home against GMIT after Mary I topped the group, overtaking UL, courtesy of Tuesday’s large margin of victory.
The side managed by Eamonn Cregan and including Gavin O’Mahony in the back-room team, led 0-10 to 0-3 at half-time in this must-win contest. Darragh Corry’s 38th minute goal meant the teaching training college led by 1-12 to 0-3 and looked to have secured a quarter-final spot no matter what happened in the other match in the group.
Mary I, who include Limerick seniors Declan Hannon, David Reidy and Darragh O’Donovan, eased into the last eight with an 18 point victory. Also into next weeks quarter-finals are LIT who scored a dramatic 2-15 to 1-14 victory over UCC.
David Dempsey – back from club duty after helping Na Piarsaigh reach an All-Ireland club final – scored a late goal to ensure Limerick had three teams in the last eight of the Fitzgibbon Cup.
In a close game the sides were level 0-7 apiece at the break, getting on the score-sheet. Peter Duggan got an early second half goal for Davy Fitzgerald’s charges.
A 53rd minute Alan Cadogan goal gave the Cork side a 1-13 to 1-12 lead and set up a frantic finish before Dempsey’s goal sealed the win.
Fitzgibbon Cup Quarter-Finals
To be played February 16 (first named teams at home)
Mary Immaculate v GMIT; Cork IT v UL; Limerick IT v losers of Waterford IT v IT Carlow (played late Tuesday); Waterford IT v Carlow IT winners v UCD