IT Carlow 1-22 – 0-22 Mary Immaculate
DJ Carey’s men enacted some revenge after last year’s disappointing cup final loss, with a three point win over Mary I.
The Limerick college beat Carlow 3-24 to 1-19 when the sides met at Pearse Stadium in last year’s Fitzgibbon Cup final, but the IT overcame Mary I this time despite finishing with 14-men after Mark Russell saw red.
It was a windy encounter at Heywood College in Laois, after the game was rescheduled from an unplayable IT Carlow GAA ground. With the wind at their backs, Jamie Wall’s side jumped to a five point to no score lead in the opening salvo, with Cian Lynch and Luke Meade amongst the scorers.
Kilkenny’s Richie Leahy pegged back the scoreline with a goal, keeping them within reach as the half came to a close. Martin Kavanagh was prolific from the free-taking position, notching seven and nine in total. Carlow stretched clear, even after Russell’s sending off for an off the ball incident.
UL 3-29 – 4-17 DIT
The star-studded UL line-up overcame DIT in impressive fashion, with Tipperary’s Jason Forde scoring 1-10. Ronan Lynch and Kevin O’Brien were also amongst the scoring, as all six of UL’s forwards got on the scoresheet.
Westmeath’s Niall O’Brien kept DIT ticking with 1-9, while former All Star Patrick Maher notched 2-1. It wasn’t enough on the day, unfortunately, as UL popped over point after point to pull away in the second half.
They will be looking to reclaim the title they failed to defend last year, with talent in spades it will be hard to see who can overcome them in this year’s renewal.
DCU 3-15 – 2-17 Limerick IT
Patrick Curran and Donal O’Brien were in imperious form as DCU overcame Davy Fitzgerald’s LIT down in Limerick. Early goals from each put the Dubliner’s into an early lead which they held onto for the rest of the game, despite the best efforts of Clare forward Peter Duggan.
Duggan buried a penalty early into the second half to pen DCU back, and added some points along with David Reidy to narrow the deficit.
But the Déise attacker Curran was prolific from frees, and despite a late goal from Reidy, Curran stepped up for an injury-time free to win the game. Afterwards, there were some unsavoury exchanges between both sets of management.
Full Results from Rounds 1 & 2
Group A: Cork IT 0-12 – 1-19 UCC
Group B: UL 3-29 – 4-17 Dublin IT
Group C: Limerick IT 2-17 – 3-15 DCU
Group D: IT Carlow 1-22 – 0-22 Mary Immaculate
Group D: Trinity College 0-13 – 2-22 NUI Galway
Group A: UCC 0-13 – 1-15 UCD
Group B: Dublin IT 3-19 – 1-19 Waterford IT
Group C: DCU 2-22 – 0-8 Garda College
Group D: NUI Galway 1-16 – 2-16 IT Carlow
Group D: Mary Immaculate 3-20 – 3-12 Trinity College