The first two quarter-finals in the Irish Daily Mail Fitzgibbon Cup took place today, with wins for defending champions UCC and Mary Immaculate College.
Fitzgibbon Cup Quarter-Final: Mary Immaculate 1-18 DIT 0-15
Mary I had six points to spare over DIT in Coolock as they booked their place in the semi-finals.
Clare star John Conlon top-scored for them with 0-7, while Limerick's Declan Hannon chipped in with 0-5. The result means Mary I will compete in the finals weekend, which begins on Friday week, for the first time in their history.
Mary Immaculate led 0-11 to 0-9 at half-time after an highly entertaining first half. Then, Lar Considine's somewhat fortuitous goal shortly after the restart put them in firm control.
DIT were just four points behind with around five minutes or so remaining, but Mary Immaculate, who are managed by Eamonn Cregan, held on comfortably for the win. They will play either Waterford IT or Limerick IT in the semi-final. That game is tomorrow.
Fitzgibbon Cup Quarter-Final: UCC 1-13 CIT 1-11
Defending champions UCC are through the semi-finals of the Irish Daily Mail Fitzgibbon Cup once again after coming through a compelling tussle against local rivals CIT on Tuesday.
UCC came from behind at the Mardyke in what was a repeat of last year's final. CIT were in control in the first half thanks to a goal midway through the opening period when Cork inter-county player Lorcán McLoughlin took a shot that may have been helped to the net by a slight touch off Ciarán Sheehan. CIT led by 1-6 to 0-7 at the interval.
The tide turned for UCC early in the second half when Waterford's Brian O'Sullivan found the net for them, to leave the sides level at 1-7 apiece.
CIT got back in front after this though, and led by a point going into the last 10 minutes. However, UCC outscored them by three points in that final period to seal an impressive comeback win.
UCC will face the winners of the game between UCD and UL, which will be played tomorrow in UCD, in the semi-final.
HEGAA TV will have highlights of UCC v Cork IT tomorrow evening and UCD v UL on Wednesday evening.
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