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NUI Galway 1-17 Waterford IT 1-16 (After Extra-Time) Fitzgibbon Cup Final

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Monday, March 08, 2010

THIRTY years of failures and disappointment in the Fitzgibbon Cup were
washed away as NUI Galway swept to success on their home turf in Pearse
Stadium on Saturday.

They did it in heart-stopping fashion with Clare’s precocious attacker
John Conlon rifling over the winning point in the 82nd minute after a
tremendous catch and offload by sub Shane Quinlan. It ended an
energy-sapping two days of hurling for NUIG as they once more required
the medium of extra-time to push over the finishing line in first place.

The manner of NUIG’s victory was sensational. For the opening two-thirds
they looked bereft of ideas and their lethargy contributed to a low-key
encounter in comparison to Friday’s fireworks spectacular against LIT in
Dangan.

WIT’s methodical and controlled hurling generated a handsome lead of
1-11 to 0-5 by the 39th minute.

But NUIG’s stunning revival, largely underpinned by a brilliant goal by
Caimin Morey, saw them reel WIT back in before an injury-time score by
Seamus Hennessy tied the match at 1-11 apiece. In extra-time the teams
stayed close to each other and consistently traded points, before Conlon
popped up with the decisive shot.

For Galway senior John Lee, this was his last shot at Fitzgibbon Cup
glory with NUIG as he is in the final year of his medicine degree and
success after six years of trying was immensely satisfying.

“I’ve been here six years trying to win it, lost three semi-finals
before this and one final. We were nine points down at one stage today
and it looked impossible to get back. I was struggling myself to get
into it but some of the lads showed unbelievable character. That’s the
thing about this team and they’ve shown it all year.

“I’m delighted for Tony Regan (selector and former NUIG sports officer)
as well, that was a big incentive for us today to win it, he’s given so
much to hurling in NUIG. Whenever you go into the NUIG Sports Centre,
he’d make you read the plaque listing past NUIG winning teams with the
likes of Joe Connolly and Conor Hayes. It’s great Tony now finally has a
reason to put us on it.”

Regan himself was simply delighted to see hurling in the college having
a cause for cheer. “Hopefully it augurs well for Galway hurling as the
last time we won the Fitzgibbon, Galway won the Liam McCarthy Cup. I see
Galway hurling people around here with a smile on their faces and there
hasn’t been much of that around there for a while.”

For WIT, this was a quite devastating experience. It was particularly
rough justice for corner-forward Timmy Hammersley who cemented his place
as the standout Fitzgibbon player this year with a 1-11 haul that
brought his competition total to a whopping 3-57 from six games.
Hammersley’s splendid finish to the net in the 29th minute helped WIT to
a 1-7 to 0-4 interval lead and all around the field they hurled with
greater authority in the opening half. NUIG could make little impression
up front after a WIT rearguard brilliantly anchored by Shane Fives and
Riche McCarthy, and Tipperary duo Ray McLoughney and Hammersley sparkled
up front. That trend continued early in the second-half and NUIG’s
wretched play looked set to leave their expectant home supporters
disappointed.

But somehow NUIG roused themselves. The switch of Finian Coone to
half-forward and John Lee to half-back worked as both players prospered
in their new roles, and powered on by Seamus Hennessy, Barry Daly and
Caimin Morey, they pegged WIT back. Morey’s 43rd minute goal was key,
and a string of points by Coone, Hennessy and Conlon left the minimum
between them at 1-11 to 1-10 in the 60th minute, before Hennessy popped
up with the levelling score. Extra-time was a hugely exciting period
with NUIG just edging 1-14 to 1-13 ahead by the midway mark.

But inspired by Hammersley, WIT looked to be close to victory with a
1-16 to 1-15 lead by the 77th minute. However after James O’Gorman tied
it up, Conlon provided a dramatic winner for NUIG.

Scorers for NUI Galway: F Coone 0-9 (0-6f, 0-1 ‘65), C Morey 1-1, S
Hennessy 0-3 (0-2f), J Conlon 0-2, B Daly, J O’Gorman 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford IT: T Hammersley 1-11 (0-10f), B O’Meara, R
McLoughney 0-2 each, H Vaughan 0-1.

NUI GALWAY: D Tuohy (Clare); D Nash (Clare), J Lee (Galway), D Connolly
(Galway); P Gordon (Galway), S Hennessy (Tipperary), P Kelly (Clare); B
Daly (Galway), D O’Donovan (Clare); J Conlon (Clare), K Keehan (Galway),
C O’Donovan (Clare); G Kelly (Galway), C Morey (Clare), F Coone
(Galway).
Subs: JP O’Connell (Galway) for C O’Donovan (half-time), S Quinlan
(Tipperary) for Keehan (half-time), J O’Gorman (Offaly) for Conlon (56),
Conlon for G Kelly (60).

WATERFORD IT: A Power (Waterford); B Kenny (Galway), R McCarthy
(Limerick), N Connors (Waterford); W Hutchinson (Waterford), S Fives
(Waterford), PJ Rowe (Kilkenny); E Barrett (Clare), M Molloy (Wexford);
F O’Leary (Cork), R McLoughney (Tipperary), R Good (Cork); T Hammersley
(Tipperary), B O’Meara (Tipperary), K Grehan (Kilkenny).

Subs: K Reade (Tipperary) for Good (44), S Power (Waterford) for Grehan
(54), W O’Dwyer (Tipperary) for Molloy (56), H Vaughan (Clare) for Power
(60).

Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork).

Read more:
http://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/sensational-nuig-end-the-wait-113960.
html#ixzz0hZxWGQZO

Gallant NUIG reap reward

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2010/0308/1224265794697.html

FITZGIBBON CUP FINAL/NUIG 1-17 Waterford 1-6 AET : NUIG BRIDGED a
30-year gap when they captured the Fitzgibbon Cup in dramatic
circumstances at Pearse Stadium on Saturday.

Waterford IT, bidding for their fifth title in eight years, seemed
poised for victory when they led by 1-11 to 0-5 after 49 minutes, but
remarkably they failed to score for the remainder of normal time.

John Lee, whose switch to centre-back helped instigate their comeback in
the final, said they were extremely keen to win it this year for college
GAA officer and former Roscommon footballer Tony ‘Horse’ Regan who is
retiring after decades of service.

“I am just delighted for ‘Horse’ Regan. After more than 30 years
involved this is his retirement present. Of all the people involved it
is for him, we really wanted to win this for him more than anyone.
That’s what makes it so sweet,” said Lee.

“We were seven points down against DIT and came back. We were three down
against UCD and came back, all year we have done the same,” said Lee.

In the end promising Clare U-21 John Conlon seized the moment to shoot
the winner to claim NUIG’s first title since 1980.

Conlon must have felt his Fitzgibbon Cup final was over when he was
subbed with four minutes left in normal time. But he was drafted back on
in extra-time and emerged as the match-winner as, ironically, the man
who replaced him, James O’Gorman, levelled in stoppage time before
Conlon snatched the title with a point from 25 yards.

NUIG’s exertions in the semi-final seemed to have proved costly as they
were sluggish in the opening 40 minutes.

But the switching of Lee to centre-back, coupled with the emergence of
the likes of Seamus Hennessy, Patrick Kelly and Caimin Morey, hauled the
hosts back into it as Waterford’s scoring dried up.

Waterford, who led 1-7 to 0-4 at the break thanks to a fine goal from
Timmy Hammersley, buckled under the the challenge. A superb goal from
Clare U-21 star Morey gave momentum to the NUIG fightback after 42
minutes and the revival was completed when Hennessy levelled in the
dying seconds.

NUI Galway led by 1-14 to 1-13 at the interval in extra-time but
Waterford held the edge after the restart with Hammersley and Henry
Vaughan putting them back in front. NUIG skipper Finian Coone levelled
before Hammersley brought his total to 1-11. But NUIG never gave up and
O’Gorman levelled before Conlon sealed victory.

NUI GALWAY: D Tuohy; D Nash, J Lee, D Connolly; P Gordon, S Hennessy
(0-3, two frees), P Kelly; B Daly (0-1), D O’Donovan; J Conlon (0-2), K
Keehan, C O’Donovan; G Kelly, C Morey (1-1), F Coone (0-9, six frees,
one 65). Subs: JP O’Connell for C O’Donovan (ht), S Quinlan for Keehan
(ht); J O’Gorman (0-1) for Conlon (56), Conlon for Kelly (60).

WATERFORD IT: A Power; B Kenny, S Fives, N Connors; W Hutchinson, E
Barrett, PJ Rowe; R McCarthy, M Molloy; F O’Leary, B O’Meara (0-2), R
Good; T Hammersley (1-11, nine frees), K Grehan, R McLoughney (0-2).
Subs: K Reade for Good (42 mins), S Power for Grehan (53), W O’Dwyer for
Molloy (56), H Vaughan (0-1) for Power (60).

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork)

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Galway get the right side of LIT

FITZGIBBON CUP SEMI-FINAL/NUI GALWAY 1-24 Limerick IT 1-23 AET:

GALWAY DEFENDER John Lee put the shackles on his county colleague Joe Canning as hosts NUIG shocked favourites Limerick IT in Dangan yesterday.

Canning did not score from play until he landed a point in extra-time and, while the quality of ball into him was poor, Lee dealt with the threat sufficiently to give NUIG a fighting chance.

And they seized the opportunity to book a place in today’s final as they bid to bridge a 30-year gap since they lifted their ninth crown.

And yet Canning - who still managed to hit 0-13 - could have won it in the dying seconds but he saw a rasping 21-yard free fly over rather than under the bar.

NUIG got a huge boost in the second minute when Cormac O’Donovan fired home a goal but Willie Hyland’s accuracy hauled LIT back into contention.

The sides were level six times in the opening half as Canning and Coone regularly exchanged pointed frees.

The teams were level at 1-8 to 0-11 at the break but NUIG got a great start to the second-half with points from Domhnall O’Donovan, David Barrett and Coone and in between Canning uncharacteristically mishit a 21-yards free goal opportunity which skewed wide.

Canning recovered by landing sideline pucks from either side but NUIG were more hungry and should have pulled away but a final wides tally of 18 allowed Limerick IT stay in the contest.

Limerick IT drew level with a Timmy Dalton goal five minutes from time and led in stoppage time before Séamus Hennessy rescued NUIG with a point from distance on the left touchline.

NUIG’s David Barrett was red-carded for a wild pull in the dying moments but they led by 1-21 to 1-20 at the interval in extra-time.

Points from Shane Quinlan, Coone and Kelly were enough in the end to send them through as Canning’s last-gasp effort failed to rescue the favourites.

NUI GALWAY: D Tuohy; D Nash, J Lee, D Connolly; P Gordon, S Hennessy (0-2, one free), P Kelly (0-1); B Daly (0-2), D O’Donovan (0-2); D Barrett (0-2), K Keehan, C O’Donovan (1-0); G Kelly (0-2), J Conlon (0-5, four frees), F Coone (0-5, three frees). Subs: C Morey (0-2) for Keehan (37 mins), S Quinlan (0-1) for C O’Donovan, 47 (mins), JP O’Connell for Kelly (56 mins).

LIMERICK IT: M Ryan; C Chaplin, C Cooney, J Gunning; N O’Connell (0-1, free), J McInerney, R Sherlock; P O’Brien (0-1), S Collins (0-2); N Quinn (0-2), S Callanan, W Hyland (0-3); S Tobin, J Canning (0-13, nine frees, two sidelines, one 65), B Gaffney (0-1). Subs: J O’Keeffe for Sherlock (27 mins), T Dalton (1-0) for O’Brien (36 mins).

Referee: B Gavin (Offaly).

Hennessy talks up NUIG’s rocky road to success

NUI Galway 1-17 Waterford IT 1-16 (After extra-time)
Fitzgibbon cup final
By John Fallon for the Irish Independent newspaper

http://www.independent.ie/sport/hurling/hennessy-talks-up-nuigs-rocky-road-to-success-2091696.html

Monday March 08 2010

Tipperary hurler Seamus Hennessy — who landed the last-gasp points that sent the semi-final and final to extra-time — reckoned that tough group games all season had moulded NUI Galway into a winning side. Hennessy himself showed great nerve to force Saturday’s decider at Pearse Stadium into extra-time, repeating his feat of the previous day when a gripping contest with red-hot favourites Limerick IT also went to an extra 20 minutes. In the end it was the promising Clare U-21 player John Conlon who seized the moment when he shot the match-winner in stoppage-time at the end of extra-time.

“This is a massive success for the college and it is just wonderful to be part of it,” Hennessy said. “Even in the group games we were under pressure, but the one thing this team has is character — and the willingness to keep going till the bitter end. “We built that up during the year and it served us well in the semi-final and final.” Conlon must have felt his final was over when he was subbed with four minutes left in normal time.

But he was brought back on in extra-time and emerged as the hero as, ironically, the man who initially replaced him, James O’Gorman, levelled in stoppage-time before Conlon seized the moment to snatch the title with a point from 25 yards.

NUIG’s exertions in edging out LIT in Friday’s 1-24 to 1-23 thriller after extra-time seemed to have come with a heavy price as they were sluggish for the opening 40 minutes and Waterford IT seemed poised for victory when they led by 1-11 to 0-5 after 49 minutes.

Remarkably, Waterford failed to score for the remainder of normal time and the switching of John Lee to centre-back, coupled with the emergence of the likes of Hennessy, Patrick Kelly and Caimin Morey, hauled the hosts back into it. Waterford, who led by 1-7 to 0-4 at the break thanks for a fine goal from Timmy Hammersly, were just not able to deal with the challenge.

A superb goal from Morey gave momentum to the NUIG fightback after 42 minutes and the revival was completed when Hennessy levelled in the dying seconds.

NUI Galway led by 1-14 to 1-13 at the interval in extra-time, but Waterford held the edge after the restart, with Hammersly and Henry Vaughan putting them back in front.

NUIG skipper Finian Coone levelled before Hammersly brought his total to 1-11. But NUIG never gave up and as the game slipped into stoppage-time, sub O’Gorman levelled before Shane Quinlan set Conlon up for the match-winner.

The victory ended 30 years of frustration and heartbreak for the Galway college and no one was more thrilled than Galway defender Lee.

tough

“I am six years in college trying to win this and it is one hell of a tough competition to win,” Lee said. “All year we had our backs against the wall. We were seven points down against DIT and came back. We were three down against UCD and came back; all year we have done the same.”

Lee also paid tribute to College GAA officer and former Roscommon footballer Tony ‘Horse’ Regan, who is retiring after decades of service.

“I am just delighted for ‘Horse’ Regan,” Lee added. “After more than 30 years involved, this is his retirement present. We really wanted to win this for him more than anyone. That’s what makes it so sweet.”

Scorers — NUI Galway: F Coone 0-9 (0-6f, 0-1 ‘65), C Morey 1-1, S Hennessy 0-3 (0-2f), J Conlon 0-2, B Daly, J O’Gorman 0-1 each. Waterford IT: T Hammersly 1-11 (0-9f), R McLoughney, B O’Meara 0-2 each, H Vaughan 0-1.

NUI Galway — D Tuohy; D Nash, J Lee, D Connolly; P Gordon, S Hennessy, P Kelly; B Daly, D O’Donovan; J Conlon, K Keehan, C O’Donovan; G Kelly, C Morey, F Coone. Subs: JP O’Connell for C O’Donovan (h-t), S Quinlan for Keehan (h-t), J O’Gorman for Conlon (56), Conlon for Kelly (60).

Waterford IT — A Power; B Kenny, S Fives, N Connors; W Hutchinson, E Barrett, PJ Rowe; R McCarthy, M Molloy; F O’Leary, B O’Meara, R Good; T Hammersly, K Grehan, R McLoughney. Subs: K Reade for Good (42), S Power for Grehan (53), W O’Dwyer for Molloy (56), H Vaughan for Power (60).

Ref — D Kirwan (Cork).