Fitzgibbon Cup: Carlow IT seal deal with late flurry
Substitute Tom Nolan scores late goal to kill off St Patrick’s-Mater Dei’s challenge
IT Carlow 4-17
ST Patrick’s-Mater Dei 2-14
A strong closing 10 minutes saw IT Carlow take a nine-point victory over St Patrick’s-Mater Dei in the Fitzgibbon Cup on Mobhi Road, Glasnevin.
A two-point gap was the difference for much of the second half, after an Eoin McIntyre goal brought the teacher-training college right into contention just a minute after the match restarted.
This game began at a frantic pace, with Waterford full forward Patrick Curran netting a first-minute goal for the host team, but IT Carlow responded with an unanswered 2-1, including goals each from Waterford’s Colin Dunford and Chris Bolger from Kilkenny.
Bolger went on to score a second goal to ensure a 3-6 to 1-7 interval lead and, although St Patrick’s managed to cut the gap, substitute Tom Nolan broke through for IT Carlow’s fourth goal late on to ensure the victory.
IT CARLOW: E Rowland; K Hannafin, T Gallagher, R Brown; D Healy, W Young, D Palmer, Kevin Kelly, M Russell; C Dwyer (0-3), M Harney, S Maher; (0-11, 5f) C Dunford (1-1), J Fagan (0-2), C Bolger (2-0). Subs: T Nolan for Kelly (47); D O’Hanlon for Gallagher (54).
ST PATS-MATER DEI: P Simms; D Egan, C Shaw, K Treacy; P Spellacy, R Fitzpatrick, J McGrath (0-1, 1f); J Barron, N Mullins; P Breathnach (0-1), M Collins, E Price; E McIntyre (1-1), P Curran (1-10, 6f), T Devlin (0-1). Subs: J Bruton for Devlin (Blood Sub 34-36); C Breathnach for Devlin (42); F Ó Cuirrín for Barron (54).
REFEREE: Brendan Brady (Louth)