Davy Fitzgerald’s Limerick IT got their Fitzgibbon Cup campaign off to a winning start against 14-man University of Ulster, Jordanstown, yesterday.
The hosts ran out 12-point winners against the visitors who were delayed on their journey south due to adverse weather conditions.
Throw-in went back to 3pm but UUJ, playing with the aid of an icy breeze in the first-half, were level at 0-7 apiece at the break before losing Eoin Campbell to a red card straight after half-time.
Campbell, one of 12 Antrim players in the Jordanstown starting line-up, was dismissed for a high frontal charge on Seanie O’Brien and LIT hit five points without reply to take control of the game.
But UUJ dug in and had the gap back to just three points – 0-10 to 0-13 – in the final quarter before LIT struck for the game’s only goal..
Michael Kiely, David Reidy and Joe Campion were involved in the move that set up Galway’s Paul Killeen for a routine finish in the 47th minute. UUJ’s leading scorer Ciaran Clarke responded with a pointed free but LIT turned up the heat to land seven points without reply and put the game to bed.
Corner forward Reidy was in excellent form from placed balls for LIT but O’Brien chipped in with four points from play during the course of a power-packed display.
For LIT, it was job done and in a three-team group also containing Dublin IT, Fitzgerald’s boys are well on course for the knockout stages.
Scorers for LIT: D Reidy 0-10f, P Killeen 1-1, S O’Brien 0-4, S O’Halloran 0-2, P Flaherty, M Gennery, M Fitzgerald & P Fitzgerald 0-1 each.
Scorers for UUJ: C Clarke 0-8 (6f), M Bradley, M Duddley, D Toner & C Johnson (f) 0-1 each.
LIT: A Murphy (Limerick); M Kiely (Limerick), N O’Connor (Clare), C Nolan (Clare); W Ryan (Tipperary), B O’Connell (Limerick), K Bennett (Waterford); S O’Halloran (Clare), A Dempsey (Limerick); P Flaherty (Galway), S O’Brien (Limerick), J Campion (Laois); D Reidy (Clare), P Killeen (Galway), D Dempsey (Limerick).
Subs: M Fitzgerald (Clare) for Campion (42), P Fitzgerald (Clare) for D Dempsey (42), M Gennery (Tipperary) for Killeen (55), S McGrath (Clare) for Flaherty (55).
UUJ (Antrim unless stated): S Doherty (Armagh); S Rooney, M Donnelly, M Hughes (Down); R McCambridge, E Campbell, M Bradley; M Duddley, C Johnson; J McGreevy, S McAfee, C McCann; D McKernan, D Toner (Down), C Clarke.
Subs: D Casey (Tyrone) for Rooney (h.t.), E McAlonan for McAfee (37), G Carbery for Duddley (56), P McBride for McKernan (56).
Referee: A Kelly (Galway).