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Clare and Limerick seniors hit the net as LIT dump UCC out of Fitzgibbon Cup

Peter Duggan and David Dempsey’s goals were crucial today.

Limerick IT 2-15
UCC 1-14

Denis Hurley reports from the Mardyke

SECOND-HALF GOALS from Peter Duggan and David Dempsey secured top spot in Group A of the Fitzgibbon Cup for Limerick IT at the Mardyke today, condemning UCC to a second successive group-stage exit.

Alan Cadogan Alan Cadogan's goal was not enough to save UCC from defeat today. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

A two-point win was required for UCC to be sure of advancing to the quarter-finals.

While the hosts moved ahead by 1-13 to 1-12 when Alan Cadogan scored a 52nd-minute goal for them, they would only score one more point.

Peter Duggan levelled for LIT at 1-13 each and then David Reidy found David Dempsey in space, the attacker sending his low shot past Keith Hogan to put the visitors in front again.

Peter Duggan 15/6/2014 Peter Duggan hit the net for Clare today Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Barry Lawton replied with a UCC point, but Duggan and Alan Dempsey had late scores to rubber-stamp LIT’s progression.

Playing with the breeze in the first half, UCC led for long periods, with Rob O’Shea on target from frees and Cormac Murphy with two long-range efforts.

While LIT were wasteful with scoring chances, a Diarmaid Byrnes free was followed by a Duggan point from distance to put them 0-7 to 0-6 ahead as half-time approached.

Source: HE GAA/YouTube

O’Shea’s third free levelled for UCC at the break, but LIT struck for a goal within a minute of the resumption. When Cathal Barrett’s delivery wasn’t dealt with by the UCC defence, Duggan was on hand to poke home.

Further frees from O’Shea kept UCC in touch and then Cadogan’s goal, set up by Lawton and Niall McCarthy, looked like it might be the catalyst for them to get the result they needed. LIT, however, had other ideas.

Scorers for Limerick IT: Peter Duggan 1-4 (0-2 frees), David Dempsey 1-2, Diarmuid Byrnes 0-3 (frees), Michael O’Malley, Alan Dempsey 0-2 each, Cathal Barrett, David Reidy (0-1 free).

Scorers for UCC: Rob O’Shea 0-7 (frees), Alan Cadogan 1-0, Cormac Murphy, Barry Lawton 0-2 each, Niall McCarthy, John Power, Tom Devine 0-1 each.

Limerick IT

1. Eibhear Quilligan (Feakle, Clare)

2. Niall O’Connor (Newmarket-on-Fergus, Clare)
3. Kieran Bennett (Ballysaggart, Waterford)
7. Oisín O’Brien (Clonlara, Clare)

4. Cian Nolan (Smith O’Briens, Clare)
5. Willie Ryan (Clonakenny, Tipperary)
8. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell, Limerick)

12. Joe Campion (Borris-Kilcotton, Laois)
6. Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill, Tipperary)

13. Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge, Clare)
15. Michael O’Malley (Kilmaley, Clare)
25. David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh, Limerick)

14. Niall Maher (Doon, Limerick)
11. Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin, Clare)
9. David Reidy (Éire Óg Ennis, Clare)

Subs:

24. Alan Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh, Limerick) for Campion (36)#
18. Willie Connors (Kildangan, Tipperary) for Nolan (46)
20. Shane Gleeson (Cratloe, Clare) for Maher (58)

UCC

1. Keith Hogan (Clooney-Quin, Clare)

2. Conor Gleeson (Fourmilewater, Waterford)
11. Michael Breen (Ballina, Tipperary)
4. Shane Roche (Shamrocks, Waterford)

7. Rickard Cahalane (Ballymartle, Cork)
3. Dan Morrissey (Ahane, Limerick)
5. Gavin O’Brien (Roanmore, Waterford)

8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater, Waterford)
17. Cormac Murphy (Mallow, Cork)

19. Tom Devine (Modeligo, Waterford)
10. Niall McCarthy (Carrigtwohill, Cork)
12. Rob O’Shea (Carrigaline, Cork)

13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas, Cork)
25. Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg Ennis, Clare)
15. John Power (Carrickshock, Kilkenny)

Subs:

18. Barry Lawton (Castlemartyr, Cork) for Cahalane (39)
14. DJ Foran (Portlaw, Waterford) for Devine (48, injured)
22. Eoghan Finn (St Finbarr’s, Cork) for Power (58)

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)

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