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Fitzgibbon Cup: UL survive scare to move into the semis

Next up for Fitzgibbon Cup holders University of Limerick are the competition’s hosts, UCC.

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FITZGIBBON CUP HOLDERS University of Limerick beat Carlow IT 3-18 to 0-14 last night to set up a mouth-watering semi-final against competition hosts UCC.

Carlow kept pace for much of the first half and only trailed by a single point at the break, but UL showed the strength of their panel after the restart with all three goals coming from the bench.

A rapid-fire brace from Mikey Heffernan gave the holders some room to breathe before Joe Gallagher fired home from an angle late on to round out a 13-point win.

“We were very, very worried at half-time,” UL manager Ger Cunningham revealed afterwards. “They were a very useful side and they frightened us in the first half.”

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“But we knew that if we could keep our discipline [and] don’t give TJ Reid the chances from the placed balls in the second half, which I think we did, we just pulled away then.”

Yesterday afternoon, UCC ground out a 1-23 to 2-13 win against UCD at the Mardyke in Cork.

Limerick IT and Cork IT both won on Tuesday night and will meet in the tournament’s other semi-final.

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