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O’Keeffe inspires Cork IT to All-Ireland fresher hurling glory against DCU

The corner-forward scored 1-7 as the Cork college secured a three-point victory.

Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

CIT 1-13

DCU 0-13

Gavin Cawley reports from CIT

LIAM O’KEEFFE’S ninth-minute goal proved the difference between the sides as CIT claimed a three-point victory against DCU in the All-Ireland Freshers Hurling Final.

O’Keeffe’s strike was a fitting way to win any match; he buried the ball on the volley to the back of the DCU net.

DCU started the brighter of the sides as they went into 0-2 to 0-0 lead after two minutes of play. But the teams were soon level as the home side started to settle through O’Keeffe, who went on to tally 1-7 for the day.

O’Keeffe’s goal followed soon afterwards as CIT took command.

Quick-fire points from Gary Tynan and Aaron Maddock put DCU within a point but that was close as they got in the opening half as O’Keeffe and Robert Long kept the scoreboard ticking over for CIT.

DCU finished the half still in touch though, a Paul Kelly score just before the break left the Dublin college just three points in arrears, 1-6 to 0-6.

CIT began the second half with three unanswered points to put the Cork college six points in front.

But DCU didn’t give up as three points from Tynan had DCU back in the match.

Another score from O’Keeffe brought CIT’s lead back out to five points, DCU rallied again with a couple of scores but an injury-time free from O’Keeffe sealed the win.

Scorers for CIT: Liam O’Keeffe (1-7, 6fs), Robert Long (0-2), Andy Molumby (0-2), Ronan Heffernan (0-1), Shane Cummins (0-1).

Scorers for DCU: Gary Tynan (0-4, 1f), Jason Byrne (0-3, 2fs), Harry O’Connor (0-3), Aaron Maddock (0-2), Paul Kelly (0-1).

CIT

1. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig, Cork)

2. Kevin Galvin (Clara, Kilkenny)
3. Darragh Fanning (Pallasgreen, Limerick)
4. Diarmuid Feeney (Tullordon, Kilkenny)

5. Eoin Healy (Ballymartle, Cork)
6. Conor Prunty (Abbeyside/Ballinnacourty, Waterford)
7. John Buckley (Lixnaw, Kerry)

8. Conor Browne (James Stephens, Kilkenny)
9. Ronan Heffernan (Clonoulty/Rossmore, Tipperary)

10. Andy Molumby (Cappoquin, Waterford)
11. Kevin Duggan (Galmoy, Kilkenny)
12. Shane Cummins (Ballymartle, Cork)

13. Robert Long (Drum and Inch, Tipperary)
14. Paul Geary (Ballymartle, Cork)
15. Liam O’Keeffe (Kanturk, Cork)

Subs:
23. John Good (Tracton, Cork) for Geary (39)
17. Billy Lyons (Causeway, Kerry) for Cummins (59).

DCU

1 . Robbie Gillen (Cullion, Westmeath)

2. Conor McSweeney (South Liberties, Limerick)
3. Sean McCaw (St. Vincent’s, Dublin)
4. Darragh Brennan (Carrickshock, Kilkenny)

5. Aaron Maddock (St. Martin’s, Wexford)
6. Conor Delaney (Erin’s Own, Kilkenny )
7. Ciaran Brady (Faughs, Dublin)

8. Martin Kelly (Black & Whites, Killkenny)
9. Cathal Doran (Na Fianna, Dublin)

10. Jason Byrne (Clara, Kilkenny)
11. Liam Fahey (Rockwell Rovers, Tipperary)
12. Gary Tynan (Danesfort, Kilkenny)

13. Harry O’Connor (St Martin’s, Wexford)
14. Donnacha O’Connor (Tullogher Rosbercon, Kilkenny)
15. Eoghan Conroy (St Maurs, Dublin)

Subs:
18. Sean Hickey (Fingallians, Dublin) for Conroy (10)
22. Matthew Joyce (Fingallians, Dublin) for Kelly (27)
29. Sean Quinn (Shelmaliers, Wexford) for Brennan (35)
30. Aaron Murphy for Hickey (55)

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