Kehoe and Kingston fire UCC into the last four of the Fitzgibbon Cup

Kehoe and Kingston fire UCC into the last four of the Fitzgibbon Cup
Mark Kehoe gets his shot away, under pressure from Thomas Nolan and goalkeeper, Enda Rowland, IT Carlow, to score the first goal. Picture: Jim Coughlan

UCC 3-19

IT Carlow 1-11

UCC progressed into the semi-final of the Fitzgibbon Cup following this win over IT Carlow at the Mardyke.

The Cork college eventually pulled away from their opponents, who were managed by former Kilkenny hurling icon DJ Carey, even though the opening exchanges were tight. Two second-half goals proved to be decisive, with Tipp’s Mark Kehoe finishing with 2-3 and Shane Kingston 1-2.

UCC got early scores from Kerryman Shane Conway, while IT Carlow replied with efforts from Seamus Casey and Cathal Dunbar. The College netted for the first goal of the night through Kehoe, an All-Ireland U21 with Tipperary in 2018, who raced forward to finish astutely.

IT Carlow responded well. Points from Dunbar, Casey, Enda Rowland and Michael Redmond levelled things up.

UCC would go into the half-time break 1-8 to 0-8 in front, with Valley Rovers clubman Chris O’Leary finding his accuracy from placed balls.

Shane Kingston finished well to the back of the net for UCC’s second goal of the night shortly after the restart.

A fine point from out wide by Mark Coleman looked to have the College in a commanding position, before Carlow reduced the gap to 2-11 to 1-10, after Richie Leahy found the net in clinical fashion.

UCC though would get nine of the final 10 scores in the game to pull away and set up a clash with DCU in the semi-final.

Scorers for UCC: M Kehoe 2-3, S Conway 0-6 f, S Kingston 1-2, C O’Leary 0-4 f, R O’Flynn 0-2, D Griffin, M Coleman 0-1 each.

IT Carlow: S Casey 0-5 f, R Leahy 1-1, C Dunbar 0-2. M Redmond, E Rowland (f), R Mullaney 0-1 each.

UCC: J Barry (Castlelyons); K Dwyer (Killenaule, Tipp), E Gunning (Na Piarsaigh), N O’Leary (Castlelyons); C O’Leary (Valley Rovers), P O’Loughlin (Kilmallock, Limerick), D Griffin (Carrigaline); E Murphy (Sars), M Coleman (Blarney); C Roche (Shamrocks, Waterford), C Browne (James Stephens, Kilkenny), R Donohue (Buffers Alley, Wexford); S Conway (Lixnaw, Kerry), S Kingston (Douglas), M Kehoe (Kilsheelan-Kilcash, Tipp).

Subs: R O’Flynn (Erin’s Own) for Donohue (35), E Sheehan (Na Piarsaigh) for Roche (41), D Lynch (Passage East, Waterford) for Murphy (60), D Walsh (Éire Óg Ennis, Clare) for Kingston (60), J O’Sullivan (Blackrock) for Coleman(60).

IT CARLOW: E Rowland (Abbeyleix, Laois); R Mullaney (Castletown, Laois), R Brown (Colligan, Waterford), S Reck (Oylegate-Glenbrien, Wexford); M Redmond (Rathnure, Wexford), M Harney (Bunmahon, Waterford), J Cleere (Bennettsbridge, Kilkenny); T Nolan (Drom & Inch, Tipperary), R Leahy (Rower-Inistoge, Kilkenny); C Dunbar (Naomh Éanna, Wexford), S Downey (Ballinakill, Laois), C Dunford (Colligan, Waterford); S Casey (Oylegate-Glenbrien, Wexford), C Nolan (Mount Leinster Rangers, Carlow), M Dowling (Camross, Laois).

Subs: S Bergin (Clough/Ballacolla, Laois) for Dowling (44), A Mortimer (Camross, Laois) for Brown (50), C Langton (Clodiagh Gaels, Offaly) for Brown (60).

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary).

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