Limerick's Mary Immaculate see off Trinity in Fitzgibbon Cup

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Limerick's Mary Immaculate see off Trinity in Fitzgibbon Cup

Limerick's Cian Lynch scored four second half points for Mary Immaculate

CHAMPIONS Mary Immaculate College returned to ways in the Fitzgibbon Cup this Thursday with a 3-20 to 3-12 win over Trinity College, Dublin.

This round two group game was played in UL’s 4G surface and the win puts the Limerick college back into contention in the Third Level Senior Hurling Championship.

The Jamie Wall managed defending champions must now beat NUI Galway next Thursday in MIC GAA grounds to ensure progress to the quarter finals.

This win came without Limerick’s 2017 U-21 Hurler of the Year Aaron Gillane and Galway’s All Ireland SHC winner Thomas Monaghan.

Mary Immaculate were 3-18 to 1-10 ahead with seven minutes to play but allowed the Dublin side in for 2-2 in the final minutes.

This entertaing contest, played in intermittent heavy showers of rain, had three Limerick men on duty – Cian Lynch (Patrickswell) and Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh) for Mary Immaculate and All Ireland U-21 winning goalkeeper Eoghan McNamara (Doon) was in the red and black of Trinity, albeit he was outfield.

Mary Immaculate were 1-7 to 0-5 ahead by half time. The all important goal came in the ninth minute from Brian Corry. It was a half in which Trinity failed to score from play with Fionn O’Riain Broin accounting for their five points from frees. In the absence of Aaron Gillane, Micheal O’Loughlin was Mary I free-taker and he had four pointed frees in the first half. It was a 30-minutes that saw the Limerick side registere 10 wides.

In the second half, Cian Lynch led the way with four points from play. Wing back Thomas Grimes was also on the scoresheet as Mary Immaculate moved 1-13 to 0-7 ahead within 10-minutes of the restart.

The first Trinity goal came 18-minutes into the second half with Donncha Butler goaling.

Within 50-seconds, Micheal Corry had the second Limerick goal in response.

Tim O’Mahony had the third Mary Immaculate goal in the game’s 51st minute and the champions were 14-points clear.

However two late goals from Conor O’Carroll cut the winning margin to eight points.

SCORERS: Mary Immaculate: Micheal O’Loughlin 0-9 (7frees, 1 65), Cian Lynch 0-4, Brian Corry 1-1, Michael Corry and Tim O’Mahony 1-0 each, Eoghan Cahill 0-2 (2frees), Luke Meade, Thomas Grimes, James Mackey and Pa Ryan 0-1 each. Trinity College: Fionn O’Riain Broin 0-9 (8frees), Conor O’Carroll 2-0, Donncha Butler 1-0, John Walsh and Sean O’Connor 0-1 each.

MARY IMMACULATE: Eoghan Cahill (Offaly); Chris McCullagh (Tipperary), David Prendergast (Waterford), Daire Peters (Tipperary); Tim O’Mahony (Cork), Shane Taylor (Clare), Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh, Limerick); James Mackey (Tipperary), Pa Ryan (Tipperary); Luke Meade (Cork), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell, Limerick), Micheal O’Loughlin (Clare); Gary Cooney (Clare), Brian Corry (Clare), Colin Guilfoyle (Clare). Subs: Michael Corry (Clare) for Gary Cooney, inj (23mins), Niall Heffernan (Tipperary) for James Mackey (47mins), James Hardiman (Offaly) for Luke Meade (53mins).

TRINITY COLLEGE: Eoin Skelly (Dublin); Ciaran Heeney (Dublin), Darragh O'Donoghue (Galway), Donnacha Ryan (Dublin); Mark O’Keeffe (Dublin), Luke Corcoran (Dublin), Manus Malone (Clare); Eoghan McNamara (Doon, Limerick), Jack O'Neill (Dublin); Cian O’Riain Broin (Dublin), Sean O’Connor (Cork), Fionn O’Riain Broin (Dublin); John Walsh (Dublin), Conor O'Carroll (Kilkenny), Cian O’Sullivan (Dublin). Subs: Donncha Butler (Dublin) for John Walsh (39mins), Conall O’Ceallaigh (Dublin) for Jack O’Neill (39mins), Cormac Keating (Tipperary) for Ciaran Heeney (51mins), Ross Garvey (Galway) for Cian O’Riain Broin (56mins), Cillian Heeney (Dublin) for Mark O’Keeffe (57mins), Kevin Wade (Dublin) for Fionn O’Riain Broin (60mins).

REFEREE: John Keane (Galway).