UCC and Mary I advance to Fitzgibbon Cup semi-finals
Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup Quarter-Finals
UCC 1-20 UCD 2-12
Mary Immaculate College 2-21 University of Limerick 1-21
Champions UCC, the most prolific winners of the competition, advanced to the semi-finals of the Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup when they defeated UCD by 1-20 to 2-12 at the Mardyke in Cork.
They will meet either DCU or WIT in the last four, with Mary Immaculate from Limerick taking on the winners of IT Carlow and NUIG in the other semi-final.
UCD, who won the last of their 32 titles back in 2001, are the second most successful college in the competition but they were always chasing the game against the champions.
Now UCC will fancy their chances advancing to another final and bidding for a 40th title after another impressive display.
They led by 1-13 to 1-4 at the interval, with Shane Kingston finding the net after Ronan Hayes had blasted home a penalty for UCD.
Kerry’s Shane Conway led with the way for UCC with a haul of 0-10, six of them from frees and while Charlie McGuckin from Wexford found the net for UCD, they were unable to catch the champions.
Meanwhile, last year’s runners-up Mary Immaculate College advanced to the last four when they edged out city rivals University of Limerick by 2-21 to 1-21 after extra-time.
A goal from Clare’s Shane Golden and a couple of points from Tipperary’s Jakes Morris settled UL.
But Mary I finished the opening half strongly with Clare’s Gary Cooney and Andrew Ormond from Tipperary finding the net to lead by 2-10 to 1-9 at the break.
The second-half turned into a shootout between Tipperary free-takers Cathal Bourke and Cian Darcy and extra-time followed when Darcy landed a handful of late frees to tie the match at 2-15 to 1-18.
Cork’s Tim O’Mahony was decisive for Jamie Wall’s side as they came with a surge in the second-half of extra-time to claim a place in the last four with O’Mahony, Cooney, Bourke and Ormond hitting points to secure the win.