Preview: Weekend’s Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup action
Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup
Friday January 17
IT Carlow v GMIT, IT Carlow, 7pm
Sunday January 19
Maynooth University v DCU Dochas Eireann, Maynooth, 12 pm
UL v Trinity College, UL, 2pm
Mary I v LIT, Mary I, 1.30pm
WIT v TU Dublin City Campus, 2pm
UCC v CIT, Mardyke, 3pm
By Cian O'Connell
A critical weekend is imminent in the Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup.
On Sunday the Cork derby involving UCC and CIT at the Mardyke should be an intriguing tussle.
UCC, prompted by the delightful Shane Conway, did what was required in Dangan last Sunday to secure a hugely encouraging win.
The holders, who feature Paddy O'Loughlin, Conor Boylan, Mark Coleman, Robbie O'Flynn, and Darragh Fitzgibbon had sufficient guile to overcome their spirited hosts.
CIT's panel is sprinkled with Russell Rovers and Fr O'Neills players, who will be on AIB All Ireland Junior and Intermediate Club Final duty at Croke Park on Saturday.
The action gets underway on Friday evening when IT Carlow face GMIT under lights.
DJ Carey's IT Carlow produced a dynamic second half display to overpower UCD at Belfield.
Cathal Dunbar, Chris Nolan, and Liam Blanchfield contributed 3-9 between them, while the accomplished goalkeeper Enda Rowland was another inspirational figure.
GMIT include several former Galway minor players with Sean Bleahene, Jack Coyne, Jack Forde, and Donal Mannion involved.
Donal Burke's 0-13 haul ensured DCU Dochas Eireann outfoxed UL and now they play Maynooth University.
Andrew Gaffney's efficiency ensured Maynooth defeated Trinity so the stakes are piled high.
That will also be the case down in Limerick as UL and Trinity seek to summon a response after opening weekend setbacks.
Cian Darcy was in brilliant form for UL last weekend, while Kyle Hayes and Rian Considine are other prominent players.
In Group B the meeting of Mary I and LIT carries real significance.
Mary I carved out a solid and satisfactory victory in the capital over TU Dublin City Campus, while the promising Billy Seymour mined 1-11 as LIT lost to WIT.
Next on the agenda for WIT is a home fixture against TU Dublin City Campus, who will be anxious to respond following the reversal last weekend.