Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup round-up
Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup
IT Carlow 3-20 UCD 2-16
Waterford IT 1-23 LIT 1-14
Maynooth University 0-16 Trinity College 0-15
UCC 0-19 NUIG 0-17
Mary I 1-19 TU Dublin City 1-10
DCU 0-21 UL 0-18
Evan Niland did his best to give NUI Galway victory over champions UCC in the Fitzgibbon Cup, but 12 points from the Galway attacker wasn’t sufficient as the 39 time champions held on to start Group C with a win in Dangan.
Niland hit 12 points from placed balls for NUI Galway, but no starting forward scored from open play, while eight UCC players all scored from play.
NUI Galway hit the first three points of the game before UCC bounced back with style to take a 0-7 to 0-3 lead by the 17th minute. Three Niland frees got NUI Galway back in touch again and Jeff Lynskey’s side did well to only trail 0-10 to 0-8 at half time.
NUIG started the second half brilliantly and as well as Niland’s free substitute Michael Lynch found he target. But Mark Coleman started UCC on a run of five points in as many minutes, which allowed Shane Conway to tap over late penalty to secure the 0-8 to 0-16 win.
Dublin’s Donal Burke was the hero for DCU as they scored a 0-21 to 0-18 win over UL. Burke landed 0-13 as DCU scored a first ever Fitzgibbon Cup win over the Limerick college for whom Tipperary’s Cian Darcy hit 0-15.
IT Carlow also made a bit of history when they got their first win over UCD in the competition when they triumphed by 3-20 to 2-16.
UCD led by 1-11 to 1-8 at the break after Chris Nolan and Charlie McGuckin swapped goals.
But DJ Carey’s side never looked back when Cathal Dunbar and Liam Blanchfield struck goals after half-time and while McGuckin got a second goal they never looked like making a successful comeback.
Waterford IT edged out Limerick IT by 1-23 to 1-14 with Austin Gleeson outstanding until he had to go off with a knee injury in the closing stages.
Waterford IT led by 0-13 to 0-7 at the break and the accuracy of Stephen Conway kept them in front and they pushed on from Eddie Meaney’s goal shortly after half-time, with Billy Seymour responding with a goal for the Limerick side.
Andrew Gaffney struck the winner as Maynooth notched a 0-16 to 0-15 win over Trinity. It was Gaffney’s 11th point from frees of a good encounter, with Tom Aherne shooting 10 frees for the Dublin college.
Mary Immaculate College scored a 1-19 to 1-10 win away to TU Dublin City Campus to get their campaign off to an encouraging start.