Fitzgibbon Cup Semi-Final – Cork IT 1-17 UCC 0-19

University College Cork will play the Cork Institute of Technology in the Irish Daily Mail Fitzgibbon Cup Semi-Final on Friday February 28th at 4:30pm in Queens University Belfast.

Cork IT to face WIT in Fitzgibbon Final

Report from the GAA,ie web site

IDM Fitzgibbon Cup Semi-Final: Cork IT 1-17 UCC 0-19

Cork IT got revenge on UCC with the narrowest of wins in the Fitzgibbon Cup semi-final in Belfast on Friday. They will face WIT in the final, after they defeated LIT in the first semi-final earlier in the day. UCC beat Cork IT in the competition in each of the last two years, including the 2012 final after extra-time, but Cork IT survived an almighty scare to cling on to victory this time. Inspired by Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer, Cork IT led by 1-12 to 0-7 at half-time with skipper John Cronin getting the only goal of the game in the 28th minute.

They stretched that lead out to nine points in the second minute of the second-half but UCC came roaring back into the game with Conor Lehane hitting seven points, six from frees, in the second period. UCC hit ten points without reply between the third and 22nd minutes. Colm Spillane put them briefly in the lead with 52 minutes gone and Cork IT must have feared a third defeat on the trot to their city rivals. However they responded brilliantly to going behind for the first time since the 16th minute of the match with substitute Kevin O’Connor levelling the scores again.

Lehane drove through the tackles to score his only point from play to again put UCC noses in front again but Cork IT scored three of the last four points to squeeze through. Alan Cadogan levelled the scores with his second point of the match after 57 minutes and O’Dwyer, who was joint top-scorer with Lehane with eleven points, hit the winning frees two minutes from the end to set up a final against WIT.

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Scorers for Cork IT: J O’Dwyer 0-11 (0-7f, one ‘65’), J Cronin 1-2, D Drake 0-2, K O’Connor, K Hallissey 0-1 each

Scorers for UCC: C Lehane 0-11 (9f), A Cadogan, S Harnedy 0-2 each, P Sullivan, P Prendergast, C Spillane, J Barron 0-1 each

CORK IT: S Nylan; S Murphy, A Dennehy, T Lawrence; E Keane, M Ellis, P Butler; M O’Sullivan, J Coughlan; J O’Dwyer, J Cronin, C Hammersley; B Cooper, D Dooley, D Drake. Subs: K O’Connor for Dooley (46), W Murphy for O’Sullivan (51), K Hallissey for Coughlan (56).

UCC: D McCarthy; S Maher, D Glynn, P Sullivan; J Barry, P Prendergast, C Murphy; B Murray, A Cadogan; S Harnedy, D McCormack, R O’Shea; W Griffin, C Lehane, J Barron. Subs: C Spillane for Maher (37), S O’Donnell for Griffin (46), B Lawton for McCormack (53).

REFEREE: Alan Kelly (Galway)

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