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Fitzgibbon Cup: LIT too strong for UCD
Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup Quarter-Final
LIMERICK IT 1-20 UCD 1-13
By Jackie Cahill at LIT
A powerful second half performance against UCD sent Limerick IT cruising into the semi-finals of the Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup.
LIT will meet holders Mary I in a repeat of last years semi-final after coming from three points down at half-time to win by seven.
It was an excellent performance by LIT after the break as Davy Fitzgeralds charges outscored Nicky Englishs UCD by 1-11 to 0-4.
Behind by 0-9 to 1-9 at the break, LIT were much-improved in the second half as, wind-assisted, they went about their business with real efficiency.
Jason McCarthys last-minute goal put the icing on the cake for LIT as they kept alive hopes of a first competition success since 2007.
Galways Paul Killeen collected seven points six frees for the winners as Waterfords DJ Foran hit five points for UCD, four of those from placed balls.
LIT did move into an early 0-3 to 0-1 lead but Kilkennys Luke Scanlon pounced on Oisin ORorkes 65 in the sixth minute to touch home a poachers goal.
But in what was very much a nip-and-tuck opening half, the sides were level five times before UCD put some daylight between themselves and the hosts approaching the interval.
Four unanswered points had the visitors nursing a three-point half-time advantage as Darragh Dolan, Tadhg de Brca free, James Madden and ORorke all registered scores.
But the general feeling was that LIT would improve considerably in the second half and thats how it transpired.
They got level at 0-14 to 1-11 when Barry OConnell pointed and three further points followed from LIT as they hit five without reply, coming from 0-12 to 1-11 behind to establish a 0-17 to 1-11 lead.
ORorke reduced the UCD deficit to two points with a free but LIT hit three-in-a-row to move five clear.
ORorke landed another free but LIT had the final say as David Dempseys industry and offload was rewarded by McCarthys low finish.
Scorers for LIT: Paul Killeen 0-7 6f, Jason McCarthy 1-3, Diarmaid Byrnes 0-3 1f, Shane Bennett 1f & David Dempsey 0-2 each, Barry OConnell, Peter Duggan & Willie Connors 0-1 each.
Scorers for UCD: DJ Foran 0-5 4f, Luke Scanlon 1-0, Oisin ORorke 0-3 2f, Darragh Dolan 0-2, James Madden, Tadhg de Brca f & James Maher 0-1 each.
LIT: Eibhear Quilligan Clare; Oisin OBrien Clare, Kieran Bennett Waterford, Cian Nolan Clare; Willie Ryan Tipperary, Barry OConnell Limerick, Diarmaid Byrnes Limerick; David Reidy Clare, Willie Connors Tipperary; Shane Bennett Waterford, Paul Killeen Limerick, Jason McCarthy Clare; Jamie Shanahan Clare, Peter Duggan Clare, David Dempsey Limerick. Sub: Ciaran Cooney Clare for OConnell 53
UCD: Darragh Holohan Kilkenny; Eddie Hayden Waterford, Paddy Hannon Galway, Jack OConnor Wexford; Huw Lawlor Kilkenny, Tadhg de Brca Waterford, Cillian Buckley Kilkenny; Cian MacGabhann Dublin, Darragh Dolan Galway; James Maher Kilkenny, James Madden Dublin, Padraic Guinan Offaly; Oisin ORorke Dublin, Luke Scanlon Kilkenny, DJ Foran Waterford. Subs: Rory Dwan Tipperary for Madden 52, Brian Quigley Wexford for OConnor 52, Cathal Keane Galway for Guinan 52, Stephen Quirke Tipperary for Maher 57.
Referee: Brian Gavin Offaly