Tony Kelly shows his class as underdogs Limerick IT stun their city rivals

Hurler of the year for 2013 outstanding as Davy Fitzgerald’s side spring huge upset

 

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK 1-13 LIMERICK 1T 2-16

Davy Fitzgerald’s Limerick IT side stunned pre-match favourites and city rivals University of Limerick on their own patch in yesterday’s Fitzgibbon Cup quarter-final.

Clare’s 2013 Hurler of the year Tony Kelly hit 1-10 for LIT, who were rated as 6-1 outsiders before throw-in.

Out-thought
Rated as 1/10 favourites, UL were out-thought by last year’s All-Ireland winning boss Fitzgerald, but a power-packed LIT outfit did lose Seánie O’Brien to a red card that looks set to rule him out of finals weekend.

LIT led 0-10 to 0-6 at half-time but 1-1 from UL after the restart, including a goal from Tipperary’s Jason Forde, hauled the home side back on level terms.

LIT hit back to regain a firm grip on the game and goals from Kelly and Philip Ivors set up a semi-final against Waterford ITup at Queen’s University .

Delighted
A delighted Fitzgerald was savouring the victory afterwards:

“That was as big as anything I have ever done because we weren’t given a snowball’s chance but I love them odds anyway.”
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK : S Hassett; P Flanagan, J Sheehan, J Browne; T Ryan, D Morrissey, C Ryan; B Maher, P Walsh (0-2) ; C Malone (0-1), P Collins (0-1) , B Stapleton; J Forde (1-6, 0-5 frees, 0-1 sideline) , J Glynn, T Heffernan (0-2). Subs: S Morey for Maher (28 mins), T O’Brien (0-1, free) for Stapleton (44), M Carmody for Sheehan (51 ).
LIMERICK IT : A Murphy; S O’Gorman, M Minehan, C Nolan; P Flaherty (0-1) , E Boyce, A Dempsey; B O’Connell, T Kelly (1-10, 0-5 frees, one 65 ); S O’Brien, P Ivors (1-3), P Begley; M Gennery (0-2) , C McInerney, J Shanahan. Subs: S McGrath for Gennery (44 mins ), O Hickey for Ivors (60 mins).
Referee : D Kirwan (Cork).