McGrath points way as LIT Tipperary survive Queen’s scare

LIT Tipperary survived a major scare to reach the Ryan Cup final as Queen’s University Belfast came within a puck of a ball of one of the upsets of the Fitzgibbon Cup weekend at Athenry.

Goals from Ciaran Reid, Donal Hughes and Conor Corvan kept Queen’s in contention until the end, but the sharpshooting of Shane McGrath helped the Tipperary men into today’s decider, where they will take on IT Tralee, who staged a late fightback to defeat Trinity College Dublin 1-11 to 1-10.

Queen’s got off to a great start and raced in to a 0-4 to 0-1 lead, and LIT Tipperary suffered a further shock in the 13th minute when Ciaran Reid managed to flick past James Logue for the Ulster side’s first goal.

The goal seemed to awaken LIT from their slumbers and they went on to hit seven of the next eight points to level at the interval, 1-5 to 0-8.

Five minutes after the restart Hughes poked home from close range give Queen’s the lead again, but straight from the restart Ivers rattled a sweet ground stroke to the net to give the Munster side a 1-10 to 2-6 advantage.

McGrath hit three frees on the bounce to put LIT Tipperary in control and, despite Corvan’s goal with ten minutes remaining, the favourites held on for a 1-19 to 3-10 win.

Elsewhere, IT Blanchardstown claimed the glory in the final of the Corn Mac Dhiarmada, after a 1-11 to 1-10 victory over Colraine/Magee in the early match at Carnmore.

In this morning’s early game, St Pat’s Thurles will take on St Mary’s of Belfast in the final of the Fergal Maher Cup at Carnmore (10.30am).

The Thurles side emerged easy 2-23 to 4-8 winners over Marino, while St Mary’s proved too strong for Napier University in a 1-20 to 2-8 victory at Clarinbridge.


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