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UL 3-14 UCD 0-16
Mary Immaculate College 0-11 Limerick IT 0-9

Afternoon all and welcome to our coverage of the 2016 Fitzgibbon Cup semi-finals.

Here’s what’s in store today in Cork IT:

1pm – UCD v UL

3pm – Mary Immaculate College v Limerick IT

Some early team news, we’ll let you know if there’s any changes.


Paul Maher (Moyne-Templetuohy, Tipperary)

Mike Casey (Na Piarsaigh, Limerick)
Jack Browne (Ballyea, Clare)
Aidan McGuane (Kilmaley, Clare)

Gearóid Hegarty (St Patrick’s, Limerick)
Jason Forde (Silvermines, Tipperary)
Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons, Tipperary)

Kevin Hehir (Inagh-Kilnamona, Clare)
Barry Heffernan (Éire Óg Nenagh, Tipperary)

David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona, Clare)
Conor Martin (Emeralds, Kilkenny)
John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney, Tipperary)

Tommy Heffernan (Éire Óg Nenagh, Tipperary)
Tom Morrissey (Ahane, Limerick)
Kevin O’Brien (Patrickswell, Limerick)

And here’s the UCD team


1. Darragh Holohan (Dicksboro, Kilkenny)

2. Pat Hannon (St Mary’s Athenry, Galway)
3. Sean Murphy (Buffers Alley, Wexford)
4. Eoin Conroy (Naomh Éanna, Wexford)

5. James Madden (Ballyboden St Enda’s, Dublin)
6. Cian O’Callaghan (Cuala, Dublin)
7. Conor O’Shea (Clara, Kilkenny)

8. Huw Lawlor (O’Loughlin Gaels, Kilkenny)
9. Seán Moran (Cuala, Dublin)

10. James Maher (St Lachtain’s, Kilkenny)
11. Ciarán Prendergast (Clara, Kilkenny)
12. Colm Cronin (Cuala, Dublin)

13. Ross King (Rathdowney-Errill, Laois)
14. Oisín O’Rorke (Kilmacud Crokes, Dublin)
15. Jack O’Connor (St Martin’s, Wexford)

Two changes also for UCD:
Padraic Guinan and Conor Devitt come in for Ciaran Prendergast and Jack O’Connor.

Referee is Cathal McAllister from Cork. We’re about to get underway…

Three changes on the UL team:

Stephen Roche, Barry Heffernan and Cathal McInerney come in for Aidan McGuane, Gearoid Hegarty and Tommy Heffernan.

UL 0-1 UCD 0-1

John McGrath points an early free for UL, but UCD respond with an Oisin O’Rorke point from a free.

UL 0-2 UCD 0-1

Cathal McInerney grabs a point from play for UL. Four minutes on the clock.

UL 0-3 UCD 0-2

Tom Morrissey points for UL, James Maher responds for UCD.

UL 0-3 UCD 0-3

It’s all square following a great long-range point for UCD from Dublin’s Colm Cronin.

UCD 0-4 UL 0-3
Padraic Guinan puts UCD in front.

UCD 0-4 UL 0-4

Tom Morrissey brings UL level with his second point of the day.

UCD 0-5 UL 0-4

UCD back in front thanks to a point from Kilkenny’s James Maher.

UCD 0-6 UL 0-4

Eoin Conroy from Wexford puts UCD two ahead.

UCD 0-7 UL 0-6

Points traded, O’Rourke for UCD from a ’65, Morrissey again for UL from play. John McGrath then knocks over a free for UL. 23 minutes gone.

UCD 0-8 UL 0-6

Colm Cronin puts UCD two clear. UCD defending very well.

UCD 0-9 UL 0-7

Jason Forde bangs over a free from distance for UL but O’Rourke replies with a UCD free.

UCD 0-9 UL 0-7

Stunning save by UL’s Paul Maher from Ross King’s drive for goal. O’Rourke misses the resultant ’65.

The second-half is underway.

UCD 0-10 UL 0-7 

O’Rourke converts a point from a free for UCD in 33rd minute, before UCD goalkeeper Darragh Holohan blocks a shot at goal by UL’s Cathal McInerney.

UCD 0-10 UL 0-8

John McGrath flicks over a point for UL.

UCD 0-10 UL 0-9

Fourth point of the day for UL’s Tom Morrissey. UL bring in Tommy Heffernan for David Fitzgerald. 40 minutes played.

UL 1-10 UCD 0-10

McGrath bats in Jason Forde’s long-range free in the 42nd minute to put UL in the driving seat, before adding a point as well.

UL 1-11 UCD 0-10

Forde points a free for UL.

UL 1-12 UCD 0-10

Tommy Heffernan point from play for UL, 1-5 without reply now for UL. Jake Malone, Jack O’Connor and Tom Phelan in as subs for UCD.

UL 1-12 UCD 0-13

The gap is down to two as UCD hit back with a brace of frees from O’Rourke and another point from Maher.

UL 1-13 UCD 0-14

McGrath relieves UL pressure by pointing a free.

UL 1-12 UCD 0-14

Another O’Rourke free. Four points in a row for UCD. Forde misses a free and Conor Martin strikes wide from play for UL. 54 minutes played.

UL 1-14 UCD 0-14

Forde free for UL. The gap is back to three.

UCD 1-14 UL 0-15

Guinan for UCD. Four minutes left, two points in it.

UL 3-14 UCD 0-15

That surely seals it for UL. Great finish off his left from John McGrath after Conor Martin’s delivery in, followed quickly by a third goal — this time by Tommy Heffernan with an assist from McGrath.

UL 3-14 UCD 0-16

O’Rourke with a late free.


1. Eibhear Quilligan (Feakle, Clare)
2. Niall O’Connor (Newmarket-on-Fergus, Clare)
3. Kieran Bennett (Ballysaggart, Waterford)
4. Cian Nolan (Smith O’Briens,  Clare)
5. William Ryan (Clonakenny, Tipperary)
6. Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill, Tipperary)
7. Oisin O’Brien (Clonlara, Clare)
8. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell, Limerick)
9. David Reidy (Éire Óg, Clare)
10. Paul Killeen (Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry, Galway)
11. Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin, Clare)
25. David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh, Limerick)
13. Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge, Clare)
14. Niall Maher (Doon, Limerick)
15. Michael O’Malley (Kilmaley, Clare)

Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork)

It’s a 3pm throw-in for the second semi, who will be facing UL in the final? Stay tuned here to find out.

And here are the teams for this afternoon’s second semi-final.

Mary Immaculate College

1. Maidhc O Conghaile (Micheal Breathnach’s, Galway)2. Eoin Quirke (Whitegate, Clare)
7. John Meagher (Loughmore-Castleiney, Tipperary)
4. Andrew Ryan (Toomevara, Tipperary)
6. Tom Stapleton (Templederry, Tipperary)
10. Alan Flynn (Kildangan, Tipperary)
24. Mickey O’Neill (Kilmaley, Clare)
8. Stephen Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields, Tipperary)
9. Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields, Tipperary)
12. Colm Galvin (Clonlara, Clare)
13. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell, Limerick)
17. Niall O’Meara (Kilruane McDonaghs, Tipperary)
15. David Reidy (Dromin Athlacca, Limerick)
14. Declan Hannon (Adare, Limerick)
11. Sean Linnane (Turloughmore, Galway)

We’re under way in Cork.

Richie English and Darragh O’Donovan are in from the start for Mary I.

LIT 0-1 Mary I 0-0

Alan Dempsey gets the first score of the game.

LIT 0-1 Mary I 0-2

A couple of quick scores from Mary I, through Colm Galvin and Niall O’Meara, put them into an early lead.

Dempsey was a late change for LIT, he came in for Cian Nolan.

Five minutes gone.

LIT 0-1 Mary I 0-3

Darragh O’Donovan lands a 65 for Mary I, 10 minutes gone.

LIT have been wasteful; they’ve missed three chances to point frees in first 10 minutes.

GOAL CHANCE for Mary I but Niall O’Meara is crowded out and LIT clear to safety.

It’s still LIT 0-1 Mary I 0-3

We’re 18 minutes in and the rain is starting to fall, tough conditions for hurling.

Still 0-3 to 0-1, bad wides on both sides. Just over 20 minutes gone.

LIT 0-2 Mary I 0-3

The scoring drought ends, wing-back Oisín O’Brien points for LIT

LIT 0-2 Mary I 0-4

Darragh O’Donovan points a free for Mary I.

LIT 0-2 Mary I 0-5

Good score by David Reidy, Mary I move three points clear.

LIT 0-2 Mary I 0-6

Declan Hannon points a free for Mary I.

LIT 0-3 Mary I 0-6

Peter Duggan free for LIT.

The second half is under way.

LIT 0-4 Mary I 0-6

Diarmuid Byrnes points a free for LIT.

Limerick IT 0-4 Mary Immaculate College 0-7

Darragh Corry is fouled and Hannon converts the resultant free.

Mary Immaculate College 0-7 Limerick IT 0-5
39 mins – Byrnes on target again from a ’65.

Byrnes has missed two long-range frees as LIT try to cut the deficit they face.

We’re entering the last quarter here, still 0-7 to 0-5 in favour of Mary Immaculate College.

Mary Immaculate College 0-8 Limerick IT 0-5
47 mins – Big score as Declan Hannon nails a ’65.

Mary Immaculate College 0-9 Limerick IT 0-6
48 mins – Four between them now, Tipp’s Ronan Maher pointing after a fine pass by Colm Galvin. But back come LIT with Galway’s Paul Killeen pointing.

Mary Immaculate College 0-10 Limerick IT 0-6
50 mins – Hannon showing great leadership for Mary I, wins a free himself and subsequently converts it.

Mary I 0-10 LIT 0-7
54 mins – Byrnes scores a ’65 for LIT, they trail by three.

Mary I 0-10 LIT 0-8
55 mins – Two in it, Clare’s Peter Duggan hits over a free for LIT.

Free in for Mary I in injury time.

Mary I 0-11 LIT 0-9
Is that the insurance point? Hannon scores the free.

Two minutes left, Mary I still ahead by two points.

Byrnes fires a ’65 wide for LIT.

Mary I 0-10 LIT 0-9
60 mins – Byrnes scores from play, gap down to one.

And that’s it, Mary Immaculate College hold on for victory.

Fitzgibbon Cup final tomorrow: Mary Immaculate College v UL in Cork IT at 3pm

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Fintan O'Toole