GMIT keep faint hopes alive with late leveller against neighbours
NUIG 2-13 GMIT 2-13:GMIT, who will host the concluding stages of the Fitzgibbon Cup early next month, kept alive their faint hopes of being involved by salvaging a draw with the last puck of a fiery contest against their Galway neighbours at Dangan yesterday.
The hero was Kenny Feeney, who landed the point from 90 yards.
GMIT hurled well against the wind and goals from Conor O’Donnell and Shane Lawless saw them just a point adrift at the interval having played against the wind.
Joseph Cooney salvaged a draw for NUIG with two late points the last time out against Mary I, and it took him just 27 seconds to solo through and blast home a goal yesterday.
GMIT hurled with great passion in the opening half and got the breaks. A Jason Kilkenny shot was superbly saved by Donal Tuohy but O’Donnell pounced to flick home the rebound after nine minutes.
Then the impressive Tadhg Haran tried his luck with a free from about 25 metres. Tuohy again did well to save but the rebound was finished to the net by Lawless, leaving GMIT trailing by just 1-7 to 2-3 at the break.
Though corner-back Cormac Diviney was dismissed, Niall Burke landed a brace of points for NUIG who led by two going into the dying moments.
But Haran reduced the lead with a free in stoppage time before Feeney saved GMIT.
NUIG: D Tuohy; D Magner, K Moynihan, C Diviney; S McCormack, B Flaherty, E Glynn; L Markham, D Burke (0-1); D Higgins, N Burke (1-10, 7s, one 65), B Lane(0-1); J Cooney (1-1), K Downes, G Donoghue. Sub: B Daly for Magner (30).
GMIT: J Keane; B Hunt, S Coughlan, G O’Halloran; M Donoghue, P Hoban, B Mulrooney; G Brennan, K Feeney (0-1); K Lane, A Lynch (0-1), J Kilkenny (0-2); C O’Donnell (1-1), S Lawless (1-1), T Haran (0-7, 6fs, 1 ’65). Sub: D Cooney for Lane (57). Referee: C McAllister (Cork).