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Mary Immaculate enjoy Fitzgibbon glory beating UL

Updated: Saturday, 27 Feb 2016 19:46 | Comments

Mary Immaculate's Declan Hannon and captain Richie English hoist the Fitzgibbon Cup
Mary Immaculate's Declan Hannon and captain Richie English hoist the Fitzgibbon Cup

Mary Immaculate College dug deep to deliver Fitzgibbon Cup honours after an extra-time battle with UL to record a 1-30 to 3-22 win at the Cork IT venue.

The sides were level on 11 occasions in normal time, including six in the opening half, with the teams tied at 1-06 to 0-09 at the interval.

UL’s goal arrived in the first minute from Tom Morrissey, but Mary I stormed back with four unanswered points from Declan Hannon, and while UL worked hard, they never led during the first half.

That changed early after the restart, thanks to a Kevin Hehir score, but a rocket of a goal from Hannon put Mary I back in front.

UL responded with a John McGrath goal, but Mary I moved four points ahead, and UL had to dig deep with a Tommy Heffernan point forcing extra-time.

UL outscored Mary I by four points to one early on the restart, but a Heffernan score shaded a 3-18 to 1-23 interval lead.

Limerick man David Reidy impressed for Mary I on the restart, with Stephen Cahill and Hannon also on target.

The sides were tied at 3-22 to 1-28 at half-time in the second period of extra-time, but Mary I held UL scoreless on the restart, with points from O’Donovan and Lynch ensuring Richie English lifted the Fitzgibbon Cup afterwards.

UL: P Maher; G Ryan, J Browne, S Roche; B Heffernan, J Forde (0-1), B Stapleton; A McGuane (0-2), K Hehir (0-2); D Fitzgerald, J McGrath (2-7, 6f, 1 65), C Martin (0-2); C McInerney (0-1), T Morrissey (1-1), K O’Brien. Subs: T Heffernan (0-6) for Fitzgerald (41); G Hegarty for Stapleton (43); A Murphy for O’Brien (57); M Casey for Hegarty (60); P Ryan for Forde (60); B Maher for McGuane (72); PJ Scully for Murphy (85).

MARY IMMACULATE COLLEGE: M Ó Conghaile; E Quirke, R English, A Ryan; R Maher, T Stapleton, J Meagher (0-1); C Galvin, D O’Donovan (0-3, 1f); S Linnane (0-3), C Lynch (0-5), D Reidy (0-3); D Hannon (1-12,10f), N O’Meara, D Corry (0-1). Subs: M O’Nell for Galvin (41); T Gallagher (0-1) for Corry (50); S Cahill (0-1) for O’Donovan (53); C Keane for Meagher (62); D Corry for Quirke (FT); S Linnane for Gallagher (75); T Gallagher for Hannon (80).

REFEREE: James Owens (Wexford).

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