O’Dea’s joy as GMIT progress

GMIT 0-14 Dublin IT 1-9

GMIT were delighted to edge past DIT at a bitterly cold Tuam Stadium yesterday and now await the winners of next week’s UCD versus Athlone IT tie in round two of the competition.

The first-half black-carding of Conor Madden was a massive blow to the Dublin college and GMIT’s Galway contingent eventually edged them across the finish line as Michael Farragher and Ronan Steede kicked late scores.

“We are absolutely delighted. They are a great bunch of young lads,” said GMIT manager Sean O’Dea. “Whoever we play, it’s away from home the next day so it’s going to be tough. Athlone IT will give it socks against a very good UCD team, so we’ll see who comes out of that one.”

Despite playing into a very stiff breeze, DIT led by 1-4 to 0-6 at the break. Madden’s 17th-minute goal pulled them level after a slow start, but after he brought his personal tally to 1-2, he has black-carded for a third-man tackle. DIT manager John Fox though it was a poor call from Marty Duffy.

“The black card in the first half, I thought was extremely harsh. In fact, it should have gone the other way. Their man was already on a yellow card and should have been red-carded. The referee got that horribly wrong,” declared Fox.

Ciaran Reddin kicked three points to haul GMIT back after their bright start to the half, but Steede’s and Farragher’s late points finished off the job for GMIT.

Scorers for GMIT: A Meenaghan (2f), N Darby (1f), Ml Farragher 0-3 each, R Steede 0-2, P Holloway, Ma Farragher, A Glennon 0-1 each.

Scorers for DIT: C Madden 1-2, C Reddin 0-3, R Gaughan, B McMahon (1f), C Grimes 0-1 (1f), C Compton 0-1 each.

GMIT: C Nolan; E Egan, B O’Farrell, D Moran; S O’Malley, P Holloway, S Burke; M O’Brien, R Steede; N Darby, Ml Farragher, S McDonnell; Ma Farragher, A Glennon, A Meenaghan.

Subs: K Nally for McDonnell (29), M Shaughnessy for Meenaghan (43), C Donoghue for Burke (56), J Madden for Moran (59 BC).

DIT: O Ferris; O Manning, B Power, S Clayton; D O’Reilly, C Reddin, S Dowling; S O’Connor, C Compton; B McMahon, C Grimes, E Flanagan; C Madden, T O’Connor, P Brogan.

Subs: R Gaughan for Madden (29 BC), A Waters for Grimes (42), E Fletcher for O’Reilly (46), G O’Reilly for Compton (52).

Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo).


Lifestyle

Audrey's been sorting out Cork people for ages.Ask Audrey: C’mere, what’s the story with Chris O’Dowd thinking he’s better than Cork people

So, I put a link to a short story up for my students the other day. The story was by Michael Morpurgo and I was delighted to find an online copy. It can be challenging when you are relying on non-paper texts to teach.Secret diary of an Irish teacher: I love physical books and always will

Celebrated actress Siobhán McSweeney may have found fame starring in a TV series set at the other end of the country, but Cork is never far from her thoughts, writes Ciara McDonnellHome is where the art is for Derry Girls actress

There are literally hundreds of free events on offer this evening for kids and adults on Culture Night. Marjorie Brennan selects the best of them, in Cork and beyondCulture Night: Get out and make the most of it

More From The Irish Examiner