Davy Fitzgerald’s LIT overcome UCD to claim Fitzgibbon Cup semi-final place

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David Reidy of LIT in action against Luke Scanlon of UCD. Pic: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

DAVY Fitzgerald’s Limerick IT are through to the Fitzgibbon Cup semi-finals after seeing off UCD by seven points this afternoon.

The hosts came from three points at half-time down to set up a repeat of last year’s semi-final with holders Mary Immaculate College, in what should be a keenly-contested Limerick derby.

Kilkenny’s Luke Scanlon netted a sixth-minute goal for UCD and a run of four unanswered points before the break handed the visitors a 1-9 to 0-9 interval lead.

But LIT were much-improved in the second half, outscoring UCD by 1-11 to 0-4.

And Jason McCarthy put the icing on the cake for LIT with a goal in the final minute, collecting David Dempsey’s pass before finishing well.

Scorers for LIT: P Killeen 0-7 (6f), J McCarthy 1-3, D Byrnes 0-3 (1f), S Bennett (1f) & D Dempsey 0-2 each, B O’Connell, P Duggan & W Connors 0-1 each.

Scorers for UCD: DJ Foran 0-5 (4f), L Scanlon 1-0, O O’Rorke 0-3 (2f), D Dolan 0-2, J Madden, T de Búrca (f) & J Maher 0-1 each.

LIT: E Quilligan (Clare); O O’Brien (Clare), K Bennett (Waterford), C Nolan (Clare); W Ryan (Tipperary), B O’Connell (Limerick), D Byrnes (Limerick); D Reidy (Clare), W Connors (Tipperary); S Bennett (Waterford), P Killeen (Galway), J McCarthy (Clare); J Shanahan (Clare), P Duggan (Clare), D Dempsey (Limerick).

Sub: C Cooney (Clare) for O’Connell (53)

UCD: D Holohan (Kilkenny); E Hayden (Waterford), P Hannon (Galway), J O’Connor (Wexford); H Lawlor (Kilkenny), T de Búrca (Waterford), C Buckley (Kilkenny); C MacGabhann (Dublin), D Dolan (Galway); J Maher (Kilkenny), J Madden (Dublin), P Guinan (Offaly); O O’Rorke (Dublin), L Scanlon (Kilkenny), DJ Foran (Waterford).

Subs: R Dwan (Tipperary) for Madden (52), B Quigley (Wexford) for O’Connor (52), C Keane (Galway) for Guinan (52), S Quirke (Tipperary) for Maher (57).

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)

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