Eventful finale for Murphy as Cork IT stun holders

Cork IT 2-12 NUI Galway0-17

As the clock ticked down, Murphy was sent to the line following an incident with NUIG skipper Pat Kelly and could now miss the remainder of the competition.

NUI Galway, who started with 11 of last year’s victorious side, had a horrible start and were shell-shocked as Patrick O’Connell, Lorcan McLoughlin and two frees from Ryan Clifford saw CIT lead by four points after five minutes.

But the Galway college soon rallied, and a driving display from All-Ireland winner Seamus Hennessy saw them hit six points on the trot, including a great score from Barry Daly from the right to make it 0-6 to 0-4 after 17 minutes.

NUI Galway’s one-point half-time (0-10 to 0-9) lead should have been greater, but the otherwise impeccable Caimin Morey flashed a first-time shot wide after been put through on Tommy Quaid’s goal before the interval.

Domhnall O’Donovan powered through the middle to point three minutes after the restart for NUIG, but they soon fell behind when Clifford took advantage of a defensive slip to goal.

After a couple of points from NUIG saw them draw level again, Murphy took over the free taking duties midway through the half for Cork IT and his first found the target from the left sideline on halfway.

Morey continued to take advantage from dead balls and with two minutes remaining he fired his side a point ahead.

John Conlon added a super point from distance to double their advantage as NUIG looked likely to cruise to the win, but the late drama soon turned the game on its head.

NUIG corner-back Sean McCormack was adjudged to have impeded Murphy as they battled for McLoughlin’s high ball and referee Alan Kelly awarded the penalty. Murphy rattled the net with an unstoppable shot to give Cork IT a one-point lead and in the ensuing three added minutes the champions failed to find the equaliser.

Scorers for Cork IT: R Clifford (1-5, 5f); T Murphy (1-2, 1-0pen, 2f); P O’Connor (0-2); M Bowles (0-1); L McLoughlin (0-1); C Casey (0-1).

Scorers for NUI Galway: C Morey (0-10, 9f, 1’65); J Conlon (0-2); G Kelly (0-2); B Daly (0-1); R Shanahan (0-1); D O’Donovan (0-1).

CORK IT: T Quaid; J O’Callaghan, E Dillon, J Herlihy; S McDonald, R Cashman, C Leahy; S White, L McLoughlin; P O’Connor, C Casey, M Bowles; T Murphy, M O’Sullivan, R Clifford.

Subs: P Gould for Bowles, (44); S Daniels for Leahy, (49); C Fennelly for O’Sullivan, (54).

NUI GALWAY: D Touhy; D Nash, P Kelly, S McCormack; P Gordon, P Nihill, S Hennessy; J Cooney, D O’Donovan; B Daly, R Shanahan, JP O’Connell; G Kelly, J Conlon, C Morey.

Sub: M Keating for O’Connell, (40).

Referee: Alan Kelly (Galway).

Picture: Cork IT’s Jack Herlihy battles with NUI Galway’s Ger Kelly in yesterday’s Fitzgibbon Cup match. Picture: Ray Ryan

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