Action from today's clash between DCU and UCD. ©INPHO/James Crombie

Fitzgibbon Cup Group C: UCD book quarter-final spot

Tipperary legend Nicky English was at the helm as UCD claimed victory this afternoon over DCU.

UCD 1-16
DCU 1-10

UCD became the first side to book their place in the quarter-finals of this year’s Fitzgibbon Cup with victory over DCU this afternoon.

The team, managed by Tipperary All-Ireland winning player and boss Nicky English, had six points to spare over their opponents at the DCU Sportsgrounds.

The victory followed up their eight-point success against Limerick IT last week and ensures they will now top the group. DCU travel to Moylish to face Limerick IT next week in a game that will determine who finishes runner-up.

UCD began brightly and lead 1-5 to 0-4 after the first quarter with Wexford’s Jack Guiney raising a green flag for the second successive game while Noel McGrath was amongst their point-scorers. Seanie McGrath and JJ Lennon lead the way in the scoring stakes for DCU.

Before the interval McGrath, Guiney and Tipperary’s Paddy Murphy raised further white flags for UCD while DCU had points from McGrath, Waterford’s Donie Breathnach and Galway’s Padraig Brehony.

DCU played strongly in the second-half and at one stage had the margin reduced to the minimum when Ballyhale Shamrocks player Mark Aylward fired to the net to leave them trailing 1-11 to 1-10.

But UCD closed the game out with five points in succession to seal their triumph.

The game was notable for the presence of two players who will be in action when the respective colleges meet in next week’s Sigerson Cup quarter-finals with UCD’s Rory O’Carroll and DCU’s William Lowry the dual stars involved.

DCU’s Willie Lowry and Garrett Synnott of UCD. Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

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