Last-chance saloon for defending champions WIT

CHAMPIONS WIT face a critical encounter at home to DIT this afternoon, in one of three Fitzgibbon Cup ties down for decision.

Following last week’s reversal against UL, WIT must triumph in this Group B tie to preserve their interest and they will be looking to TJ Reid, Fintan O’Leary, Stephen Lillis and Ray McLoughney for inspiration.

DIT are playing in their opening game this season and with Dublin senior quartet Kevin O’Reilly, Declan O’Dwyer, Peter Kelly and Paul Ryan in action, along with Kilkenny senior Willie O’Dwyer, they’ll provide a stiff test. Home advantage may swing matters WIT’s way.

In Group C, NUI Galway begin their campaign against Garda College in Dangan, following the postponement of their match last week against St Pat’s-Drumcondra. John Lee (Galway) and Stephen Molumphy (Waterford), will spearhead their challenge as they aim to atone for last year’s disappointment in failing to emerge from the group stages.

Garda College’s main stars are Tipperary senior defender Conor O’Brien and Laois sharpshooter James Young. If Lee and Molumphy strike form, NUI Galway should prevail.

In Group D, GMIT have their last chance to save their season when they are at home to CIT. GMIT lost out to UCC by three points last week largely due to an ineffective first-half display, but will be aiming to replicate their one-point quarter-final success over CIT last season.

GMIT’s main stars are Andrew O’Shaughnessy who fired 2-5 for Limerick in the NHL last weekend, along with Galway’s Ger Mahon and Conor Kavanagh. CIT will be hoping the likes of Cathal Naughton and Eoin Dillon hit form, and much will depend on whether they can place the shackles on GMIT’s O’Shaughnessy.

Meanwhile, there are two Sigerson Cup second round games down for decision this week following last week’s postponements.

This afternoon in Mullahoran in Cavan, NUI Galway face St Mary’s College. Mayo senior Ger Cafferkey, Galway senior Gareth Bradshaw and Roscommon duo Conor Devanney and David O’Gara will all line out for NUI Galway, while St Mary’s will be looking to Tyrone defender Justin McMahon and Antrim forward CJ McGourty for inspiration. NUI Galway get the tip to advance to a quarter-final meeting with UUJ.

On Thursday afternoon, UCD are at home to UL in Belfield, and will be hoping Dublin duo Colin O’Sullivan and Ross O’Carroll, and Mayo attacker Mark Ronaldson shine. But the Limerick college, backboned by Kerry senior trio David Moran, Michael Moloney and Colin O’Mahony; Fiachra Lynch (Cork) and Enda Varley (Mayo), are in good form and they can progress to a quarter-final tie with Garda College.

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