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Waterford IT defeat Limerick IT in epic Fitzgibbon Cup semi-final that features 43 scores

Waterford IT are through to their first decider since 2010.

LIT's Jamie Shanahan and Philip Ivors with WIT's Ger Teehan and Eoin Murphy.
LIT's Jamie Shanahan and Philip Ivors with WIT's Ger Teehan and Eoin Murphy.
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Waterford IT 2-21
Limerick IT 3-17

JAKE DILLON HIT the winning point for WIT in the seventh minute of extra-time to put them through to the Fitzgibbon Cup final after today’s epic semi-final at Queen’s University playing fields in Belfast.

Ballygunnar’s Pauric Mahony hit an incredible 0-16, all but one from placed balls, with 12 of those points coming in normal time for WIT.

But it was full-forward Jake Dillon who hit the winning point for WIT three minutes before the end of extra-time.

LIT led by 1-15 to 0-8 after 39 minutes and looked totally comfortable. Cathal McInerney got the only goal of the first-half after 25 minutes to give LIT a 1-12 to 0-6 lead at half-time.

Even though the Waterford college had the wind in the second-half, LIT stretched their lead further with points from Alan Dempsey, Philip Ivors and Paul Flaherty to take a commanding nine point lead with 21 minutes to go.

WIT sprang to life and hit 1-7 without reply in the second-half. Harry Kehoe got the first of two goals for WIT in the 46th minute to ignite the fightback and with Mahony punishing every LIT foul with unerring free-taking, WIT drew level at 1-15 each with two minutes remaining.

In an exciting finish, there was still time for two late goals before the game went to extra-time.

Clare’s Cathal McInerney thought he’d won it for LIT when he kicked the ball into the net with only 51 seconds remaining but after a long puck out, Harry Kehoe scored a goal from 30 yards seconds before the hooter sounded.

The sides still could not be separated at half-time in extra-time, Tony Kelly with LIT’s third goal drawing them level at 3-16 to 2-19 at the break.

The sides traded points before Dillon’s late winner put WIT through to the final.

Scorers for WIT: Pauric Mahony 0-16 (0-13f, 0-2 ‘65s’), Harry Kehoe 2-1, Eoin Murphy 0-2, Cathal Kenny, Jake Dillon 0-1 each.Scorers for LIT: Tony Kelly 1-5 (0-4f), Cathal McInerney 2-2, Jamie Shanahan, Alan Dempsey 0-3 each, Paul Flaherty 0-2, Philip Ivors, Pat Begley 0-1 each.

WATERFORD IT: Stephen O’Keeffe (Waterford); Ger Teehan (Kilkenny), Pauric Gahan (Kilkenny), Jerome Maher (Waterford); Thomas Hamill (Tipperary), Joe O’Dwyer (Tipperary), Shaun Murphy (Wexford); Stephen Roche (Waterford), Cathal Kenny (Kilkenny); Harry Kehoe (Wexford), Pauric Mahony (Waterford), Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny); Liam McGrath (Tipperary), Jake Dillon (Waterford), Gavin O’Brien (Waterford)

Subs: Jack Langton (Kilkenny) for Kenny (44).

LIMERICK IT: Aaron Murphy (Limerick); Sean O’Gorman (Clare), Martin Minehan (Tipperary), Cian Nolan (Clare); Paul Killeen Galway), Enda Boyce (Clare), Barry O’Connell (Limerick); Alan Dempsey (Limerick), Paul Flaherty (Galway); Tony Kelly (Clare), Pat Begley (Limerick), Mark Gennery (Tipperary); Philip Ivors (Tipperary), Cathal McInerney (Clare), Jamie Shanahan (Clare).

Subs: Shane McGrath (Clare) for Killeen (46), Padraig Hickey (Clare) for Gennery (59).

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly).

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