LIT goal-scorer Peter Casey
LIMERICK IT eased into the quarter finals of the Fitzgibbon Cup with a 3-21 to 0-8 final round group game win over Trinity College this Wednesday in Moylish.
The 22-point win ensures LIT will have home advantage in the February 6/7 quarter finals when the opponents will be the runner-up in the group containing UCC, NUIG or UCD.
This final round tie with Dublin's Trinity College was straight forward for the Jimmy Browne managed LIT.
The Limerick side included Diarmaid Byrnes, Peter Casey and David Dempsey in their line-up, just three days after all started in the Limerick win over Wexford in the Allianz Hurling League. Such was the LIT dominance all three were rested by half time with John Kiely's inter-county side back out in action against Tipperary this Saturday evening.
LIT also had Oisin O'Reilly and Brian Fanning on duty while former Limerick All-Ireland U-21 winning goalkeeper Eoghan McNamara and Daniel Long were in the colours of Trinity College.
LIT were 3-10 to 0-4 ahead by half time.
The first goal came in the 12th minute from Offaly star Oisin Kelly and LIT were 1-4 to 0-1 ahead.
Peter Casey had goal no2 in the 21st minute for a 2-7 to 0-2 lead.
A 15-point half time lead was copper-fastened when Peter Duggan had the third goal five minutes before the break.
As well as taking off many of their inter-county stars, LIT also hit 10 wides but still eased to the win with nine different scorers.
SCORERS: LIT: Peter Duggan 1-7 (3frees, 1 '65 1 lineball), Peter Casey 1-1, Oisin Kelly 1-0, Rian Doody, Jason McCarthy and Jordan Conway 0-3 each, David Reidy 0-2, David Dempsey and Oisin O'Reilly 0-1 each. Trinity: Fionn O'Riain Broin 0-5 (5frees), Cian O'Sullivan 0-3 (1pen).
LIT: Killian Nugent (Clare); Paddy Delaney (Offaly), Darren Moran (Tipperary), Ciaran Cooney (Clare); Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell, Limerick), Sean Ryan (Tipperary), Jason McCarthy (Clare); Enda Boyce (Clare), David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh, Limerick); Rian Doody (Tipperary), Oisin O'Reilly (Kilmallock, Limerick), Peter Duggan (Clare); Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh, Limerick), Oisin Kelly (Offaly), David Reidy (Clare). Subs: Robert Byrnes (Tipperary) for Diarmaid Byrnes (h-t), Jordan Conway (Kerry) for Peter Casey (h-t), Ronan Murphy (Galway) for David Dempsey (h-t), Brian Murray (Waterford) for Peter Duggan (44mins), Brian Fanning (Pallasgreen, Limerick) for Paddy Delaney (46mins).
TRINITY: Eoin Skelly (Dublin); Ger Dempsey (Wexford), Luke Corcoran (Dublin), Chris Lynch (Laois); Eoghan McNamara (Doon, Limerick), David Phelan (Dublin), Donnacha Ryan (Dublin); Michael Conroy (Dublin), Jack O'Neill (Dublin); Conal O'Ceallaigh (Dublin), Cian O'Sullivan (Dublin), Fionn O'Riain Broin (Dublin); Cormac Keating (Tipperary), Donncha Butler (Dublin), Mark Corry (Clare). Subs: Des Duggan (Dublin) for Conal O'Ceallaigh (46mins), Daniel Long (Na Piarsaigh, Limerick) for Mark Corry (48mins), James Kenny (Dublin) for David Phelan (57mins), Karl Weldon (Dublin) for Jack O'Neill (57mins).
REFEREE: Thomas Walsh (Waterford).