Preview: Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup Semi-Finals
The Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup Finals take place this weekend in Galway.
Friday February 24
IT Carlow v UCC, Dangan, 1pm
DJ Carey's impressive work with IT Carlow has been rewarded with a spot in the penultimate round of the competition.
IT Carlow's Quarter-Final success over a star studded UL outfit was a notable result.
That match proved IT Carlow's ability to hit goals with Mark Russell, Jack Fagan, Matin Kavanagh, and Chris Bolger all rattling the UL net.
Despite that morale boosting result IT Carlow will be completely aware of how good a team UCC are too.
UCC have claimed Fitzgibbon glory on 38 occasions and they eventually overcame a spirited DCU side in the last round.
Waterford's Jamie Barron and Tom Devine, Tipperary's Seamus Kennedy and Michael Breen, and Cork's Alan Cadogan are among the high calibre players in UCC's ranks.
Stephen Maher and Charles Dwyer (Laois), Kevin Kelly (Kilkenny), Martin Kavanagh (Carlow), and Colin Dunford (Waterford) have contributed handsomely to IT Carlow's impressive run.
UCC, though, have been similarly effective so a particularly interesting encounter is expected at the NUIG sports complex in Dangan.
Mary I v LIT, Dangan, 3pm
A derby match packed with tasty battles means an intriguing fixture awaits to determine who represents Limerick in the decider.
Davy Fitzgerald's work with LIT is worthy of the utmost respect.
LIT produced when it truly mattered against UCD in the Quarter-Finals earning a deserved 1-20 to 1-13 win.
Galway's Paul Killeen was influential, while the proimising Jason McCarthy also registered 1-3.
Diarmuid Byrnes is an emerging hurler with Limerick, who is a vital member of an LIT side that also includes David Reidy, Peter Duggan, and Jamie Shanahan (Clare) and Shane Bennett (Waterford).
Holders Mary I, under the stewardship of Jamie Wall, have enjoyed a string of good victories.
Aaron Gillane has been in exceptional scoring form hitting 2-10 against NUIG and 3-9 in the triumph over DIT.
Richie English and Cian Lynch (Limerick), Ronan Maher (Tipperary) and Colm Galvin (Clare) are established inter-county hurlers involved for Mary I.