Meade wonder goal seals Mary I's place in the last four of the Fitz at CIT's expense

Meade wonder goal seals Mary I's place in the last four of the Fitz at CIT's expense
Colin O'Brien battles Darragh Fanning. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Mary I 2-20
Cork IT 0-13

CORK senior Luke Meade and Clare’s Gary Cooney netted late and early as Mary Immaculate College breezed past Cork IT in the quarter-finals of the Fitzgibbon Cup in Limerick yesterday.

Aaron Gillane was the most prolific scorer for Mary I. The Patrickswell man banked nine points, including a sublime sideline cut which arrowed over the bar.

Cork native Josh Beausang raised the white flag seven times, but the visitors were second best on an afternoon when the hosts scored a goal and 10 points in each half.

had to come from behind to earn their win after Beausang put his side ahead with a free in the first minute. But the lead lasted about 60 seconds, as Cooney left two defenders in his wake and slammed the ball into the net.

Gillane stretched the advantage moments later. Beausang responded with a free which drifted wide, but made no mistake with a second attempt from wide on the right.

Gillane wasn’t missing as the half progressed and the former champions went in at the break 1-10 to 0-7 in front. CIT found a second wind in the early exchanges after the interval with Andrew Coffey lashing over two points, the second of which was a wonderful effort on the turn.

But Gillane picked off another two frees and it was business as usual for the Treaty City side on an afternoon when Limerick hurling legend Eamonn Cregan lent his support.

CIT was still hanging in there down the final stretch, exchanging points occasionally but Mary I began to pull away in the last ten minutes.

Gillane added another two points to his tally and Michael O’Loughlin, who didn’t score with his hurl all day, kicked over a point after his stick was whacked out of his hands.

Mary Immaculate saved the best until last. David Prendergast played a long ball down the left and Thomas Monaghan switched play to Gillane who fed Meade who neatly sidestepped two challenges before rifling the net for a stunning goal.

Scorers for Mary I: A Gillane 0-9 (0-5 f, 0-1 65, 0-1 sl), T Monaghan 0-4, L Meade 1-0, P Hickey 0-2, C O’Brien 0-1, T Grimes 0-1, G Guilfoyle 0-1, M O’Loughlin 0-1

CIT: J Beausang 0-7 (0-6 f), S Cummins 0-2, A Coffey 0-2, C Donovan 0-1, B Everard 0-1.

MARY I: E Cahill, E Ryan (B Buckley 35), D Prendergast, S Downey, C Morgan, D Browne, T Grimes, P Hickey, L Meade, C Guilfoyle, A Gillane, C O’Brien (S Farrell 58), T Monaghan, M O’Loughlin (S Burke 51), G Cooney (E Kelly 54)

CIT: P Collins, E Healy, D Fanning, K Galvin, D Harrington, E Heffernan, C Prunty, J Good (K Duggan 55), D Noonan, B Everard, J Cooper (W Hurley h/t), S Cummins, J Beausang, A Coffey, R Walsh (J Elsted (58).

Referee: T Walsh (Waterford)

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