Comfortable win in the Fitzgibbon Cup today for the title holders.
Mary Immaculate College 5-28 Dublin IT 1-8
Ciaran Gallagher reports from Parnells GAA Club
MARY IMMACULATE HAMMERED Dublin IT by 32 points at Parnell’s GAA grounds today as the Limerick college ensured a home quarter-final date in the Fitzgibbon Cup.
With the game moved from DIT’s Grangegorman pitch due to last night’s heavy rain, the ‘home’ side never settled into the tie while Jamie Wall’s Mary I were red hot from the opening whistle.
Limerick pair Cian Lynch and Aaron Gillane racked up a combined 3-15 between them, with the latter bagging two first-half goals before competing his hat-trick after the break.
Despite being near full strength, DIT managed just three points in the opening period as they looked out of sorts all over the field. In contrast, Mary I could afford to hit eight wides in the first half and still enjoy a 21-point half-time lead (3-15 to 0-3).
Gillane hit the visitors’ first goal from a penalty on 18 minutes and the Patrickswell clubman’s second arrived on 25 minutes before late starter Tadhg Gallagher of Tipperary found the net for a third time.
A DIT side containing stars such as Wexford’s Jack Guiney, Tipp’s Bill Maher and Kilkenny’s Liam Blanchfield struggled to put any respectability on the scoreline in the second half against their in-form opponents.
Limerick’s Darragh O’Donovan raised a fourth green flag for Mary I five minutes into the half before DIT’s Cian O’Donoghue of Kilkenny responded with a goal for the home side on 38 minutes.
However, any slim chance DIT had of polishing a depressing scoreline evaporated moments later as wing-back Colm Byrne was shown a straight red by referee Brian Gavin for a reckless challenge with the hurley on Lynch.
Gillane completed his hat-trick on 42 minutes after blocking down DIT keeper Seán Brennan of Dublin before sub Thomas Monaghan of Galway racked up four points in the final quarter.
Mary I will host the winners of this evening’s clash between Cork IT and NUIG in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.
Scorers for Mary Immaculate: Aaron Gillane 3-9 (1-0 pen, 0-5f), Cian Lynch 0-6, Darragh O’Donovan 1-2, Thomas Monaghan 0-4, Tadhg Gallagher 1-0, Mikey O’Neill 0-2, Alan Flynn, Ronan Maher, Colm Galvin, Luke Meade, David Sweeney 0-1 each.
Scorers for Dublin IT: C O’Donoghue 1-0, C Taylor 0-2 (1f), D McNicholas 0-2f, J Walsh 0-1, J Guiney 0-1f, L Blanchfield 0-1, N Walsh 0-1.
1. Ciaran Barrett (Tipperary/Clonmel Óg)
2. David Sweeney (Tipperary/Kildangan)
3. Richie English (Limerick/Doon)
4. Eoin Quirke (Clare/Whitegate)
5. Conor Twomey (Cork/Newtownshandrum)
6. Ronan Maher (Tipperary/Thurles Sarsfields)
7. Alan Flynn (Tipperary/Kildangan)
8. Colm Galvin (Clare/Clonlara)
9. Stephen Cahill (Tipperary/Thurles Sarsfields)
10. Darragh O’Donovan (Limerick/Doon)
11. Michael O’Neill (Clare/Kilmaley)
12. Aaron Gillane (Limerick/Patrickswell)
17. Tadhg Gallagher (Tipperary/Kildangan)
14. Cian Lynch (Limerick/Patrickswell)
22. Luke Meade (Cork/Newcestown)
13. Thomas Monaghan (Galway/Cruaghwell) for O’Neill (45)
15. Sean Burke (Cork/Grenagh) for Gallagher (47)
25. Tim O’Mahony (Cork/Newtownshandrum) for Lynch (50)
1. S Brennan (Dublin)
2. P Reilly (Westmeath)
20. T Doyle (Westmeath)
4. S McClelland (Dublin)
5. Colm Byrne (Dublin)
6. J Guiney (Wexford)
7. J Kelly (Kilkenny)
8. C Taylor (Laois)
9. B Maher (Tipperary)
10. C O’Donoghue (Kilkenny)
11. D McNicholas (Westmeath)
12. L Blanchfield (Kilkenny)
13. J Walsh (Kilkennny)
14. R Greville (Westmeath)
15. N Walsh (Kilkenny)
18. D Byrne for J Kelly (half-time)
24. R Curley for N Walsh (half-time)
21. Colm Byrne for B Maher (47)
23. E O’Heir for J Kelly (48)
17. A Nugent for D McNicholas 48
Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)