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Cork, Kerry, CIT and UL claim victories in McGrath Cup quarter-finals

The opening games in the Munster pre-season Gaelic football competition took place today.

Andrew O'Sullivan of Cork celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game.
Andrew O'Sullivan of Cork celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game.
Image: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Updated 5.05pm

BRIAN CUTHBERT GOT off to a winning start as Cork senior football manager as they crushed Limerick IT in today’s McGrath Cup quarter-final at Mallow.

Cork ran out easy 3-22 to 0-7 winners over the students with goals from Andrew O’Sullivan, substitute Kevin Crowley and John Hayes.

2007 All-Ireland U21 winning captain O’Sullivan was drafted onto the Cork senior panel at the start of last year while substitute Crowley, a newcomer from the Millstreet club, was on last year’s Cork squad that contested the All-Ireland U21 final.

Attacker Hayes marked his return to the Cork panel for the first time since March 2011 by finding the net. Cork lead by 1-15 to 0-0 at half-time with Hayes, Daniel Goulding and Donncha O’Connor all finding the range with points.

Limerick IT eventually got off the mark when they pointed in the 37th minute but Cuork upped the ante again and Kevin O’Driscoll’s point left them 1-22 to 0-6 clear with ten minutes remaining.

Late goals by Crowley and Hayes sealed their progression to a semi-final meeting with UL next week.

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Pic: INPHO/Donall Farmer

UL will be next up for the Rebels after they won a thrilling encounter against UCC today at the Gaelic Grounds by 5-18 to 4-16.

UCC started brightly with goals from Tipperary senior Michael Quinlivan and Kerry’s Conor Cox putting them ahead by 2-3 to 0-3. But UL recovered to lead by 3-7 to 2-9 at the interval with goals from Brian O’Shea, Kerry senior James O’Donoghue and Waterford’s Paul Whyte.

UCC exploded from the starting blocks in the second-half with Cox and Quinlivan both firing their second goals of the game but UL recovered again to win by five points.

Kingdom

At the John Mitchels GAA club in Tralee, Kerry ran out 0-17 to 0-8 winners over IT Tralee in their quarter-final tie.

Barry John Keane, Alan Fitzgerald and Bryan Sheehan were on target as Kerry lead by 0-9 to 0-4 at the break.

In the second-half Kerry pulled clear with Sheehan bringing his personal tally to six points as Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s side triumphed by nine points.

Next weekend at the semi-final stage Kerry will face Cork IT, who were victorious by 5-17 to 2-6 at home to Mary Immaculate College today.

Donal Óg Hodnett, Shane McCarthy, Daniel Daly, Darragh Treacy and Cathal Vaughan all found the net for the winners.

Hodnett and Vaughan have both been called up to Brian Cuthbert’s Cork senior squad while Treacy is a Limerick senior.

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