IT Carlow stage second-half comeback against UCD

IT CARLOW 3-20 UCD 2-16

IT Carlow made a winning start to their Fitzgibbon Cup campaign as they defeated UCD by seven points in their Group D clash at Billings Park.

Sean Downey of IT Carlow in action against Sean Carey, left, and Fionn O'Ceallaigh of UCD. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile
Sean Downey of IT Carlow in action against Sean Carey, left, and Fionn O'Ceallaigh of UCD. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile

The visitors looked to be struggling as they trailed by three points at the interval but they dominated upon the resumption with goals in the third quarter from the excellent Cathal Dunbar and Liam Blanchfield helping to build an unassailable lead.

The hosts played with the benefit of the breeze in the first half with Dublin duo Ronan Hayes and Paul Crummey posting two points apiece in the early stages.

However, IT Carlow looked the more fluent outfit and landed a body blow in the 13th minute as Chris Nolan netted from close range after Conor O’Donoghue had repelled a Dunbar shot.

UCD’s response to that setback was admirable with Hayes landing three scores in succession prior to a Charlie McGuckin goal in the 28th minute that pushed UCD 1-11 to 1-8 ahead by half-time.

Any momentum they enjoyed was lost instantly as their opponents took control of affairs through those Dunbar and Blanchfield strikes in the 33rd and 39th minute respectively.

The hosts battled gamely from that point but were limited in terms of their scoring options and while McGuckin fired home a second goal in the 46th minute, it failed to prompt an unlikely comeback as IT Carlow eased home with a fair degree of comfort.

Scorers for IT Carlow: C Dunbar (1-4); C Nolan (1-3, 2 frees); L Blanchfield (1-2); E Rowland (0-5 frees); R Leahy (0-2); M Harney, L Scanlon, N Brassil, R Higgins (0-1 each).

Scorers for UCD: R Hayes (0-11, 9 frees); C McGuckin (2-0); P Crummey (0-3); M Purcell, R Purcell (0-1 each).

IT CARLOW: E Rowland; S Reck, S Downey, F Hayes; N Brassil, J Cleere, P Delaney; M Harney, L Scanlon; E Gaughan, C Dunbar, R Leahy; S Bergin, L Blanchfield, C Nolan.

Subs: T Nolan for Gaughan (50), D Wall for Cleere (54), S Casey for Reck (58), R Higgins for Bergin (58).

UCD: C O’Donoghue; C O’Donovan, I O’Shea, E Carroll; N Heffernan, H Lawlor, M Cody; E Egan, M Purcell; D Ó Floinn, R Purcell; R Hayes; L McDwyer, C McGuckin, P Crummey.

Subs: C Scallan for Heffernan (half-time), E Foley for Ó Floinn (43), F Ó Ceallaigh for R Purcell (46), S Carey for McDwyer (52), D Ryan for Egan (58).

Ref: John Keenan (Wicklow)

More on this topic

Late surge helps Mary I into Fitzgibbon Cup last fourLate surge helps Mary I into Fitzgibbon Cup last four

Watch the Sigerson Cup final live: IT Carlow bid for first-ever title against DCUWatch the Sigerson Cup final live: IT Carlow bid for first-ever title against DCU

'I can’t stress it enough – you have to scrap WhatsApp' - GAA'I can’t stress it enough – you have to scrap WhatsApp' - GAA

All-Ireland winner Leo McLoone retires from Donegal footballAll-Ireland winner Leo McLoone retires from Donegal football

More in this Section

Eriksen writes letter to Spurs fans following Inter switchEriksen writes letter to Spurs fans following Inter switch

Australian Open day 10: World number one Nadal beaten by inspired ThiemAustralian Open day 10: World number one Nadal beaten by inspired Thiem

World No 1 Koepka commits to Adare ManorWorld No 1 Koepka commits to Adare Manor

Rockwell hold Bandon scoreless to progress to Senior Cup quarter-finalRockwell hold Bandon scoreless to progress to Senior Cup quarter-final


Lifestyle

The duo are hosting a new Netflix competition show, putting designers through their paces.Next In Fashion: Why Alexa Chung and Tan France are style icons

Fresh water no filter: #instagood.The 10 most Instagrammed lakes in the world

A stay at tranquil hideaway The Residence is an indulgent way to unwind, rest and recuperate, says Sophie Goodall.Why this luxurious Turkish resort is the ultimate sanctuary for wellness and relaxation

The benefits of cutting down on booze can last way beyond the new year. Lauren Taylor finds out more about strategies to help make the change stick.Beyond Dry January: Is it time to reassess our relationship with alcohol in the longer term?

More From The Irish Examiner