Thursday's Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup round-up
Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup
UCC 1-19 0-15 NUIG
UCD 3-8 0-15 UL
IT Carlow 3-16 1-7 GARDA COLLEGE
CIT 0-15 0-9 WIT
DIT 4-12 1-9 MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY
UCC powered their way into a home Fitzgibbon Cup quarter-final against IT Carlow after they defeated NUIG 1-19 to 0-15 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Thursday.
It was a third win from three Group A outings for Tom Kingston’s side. Evan Sheehan set up Shane Kingston for UCC’s all-important goal in the first half as they took a big 1-13 to 0-5 lead into the break.
NUIG rallied in the second half but full-forward Evan Niland’s nine points weren’t enough to rescue the game but the haul was enough to improve their points difference sufficiently to advance, even after Shane Fletcher was denied a goal by UCC goalkeeper Jack Barry late on.
That result meant NUIG needed reigning champions UL, who they knocked out of the competition last week, to do them a favour when they made the trip to take on UCD at Belfield.
The hosts launched a late comeback in the cold and they secured a narrow 3-8 to 0-15 victory following a late goal, but NUIG advanced on scoring difference.
LIT will now face the Galway outfit at home in the quarter-finals. LIT topped Group B after a 3-21 to 0-8 hammering of Trinity College at Moylish on Wednesday.
But second place in that group was snapped up by IT Carlow as they secured a comprehensive 3-16 to 1-7 success against Garda College in Heywood Community School.
IT Carlow were in complete control at half-time when they already held a massive 3-11 to 0-2 lead. And despite a mini-revival from the Templemore outfit IT Carlow had enough in the tank.
DCU had already claimed top spot in Group C and home advantage in the quarter-finals, and they will face off against city rivals DIT.
DIT had a big 4-12 to 1-9 win against Maynooth University in Maynooth. DIT held a 2-8 to 0-6 lead at half-time and they built on that lead afterwards.
The 2017 winners Mary I will have home advantage in the last of the quarter-finals. Their 13-point win over Maynooth on Tuesday was enough to earn a clash with Cork IT.
Cork IT claimed a 0-15 to 0-9 victory over WIT on Thursday evening. The hosts were only 0-7 to 0-5 in front after a low-scoring first half but they sealed a place in the final eight.
Quarter-final line-up (home team listed first)
UCC v IT Carlow
LIT v NUIG
DCU v DIT
Mary I v CIT