Fitzgibbon Cup previews
University of Limerick v IT Carlow, Carriganore 7pm (C. Mcallister, Cork).
UL have been in mean form, pulverising the likes of UCC and WIT into submission although they conceded four goals to fellow semi-finalists DIT. Obviously, Michael Breen’s sending off for UCC in the quarter-final skewed the 22-point margin somewhat but UL were irresistible that day.
Jason Forde and Barry Murphy are flying and Carlow IT, as formidable as they have been for these last two seasons, have a huge challenge on their hands. Richie Leahy and Colin Dunford will carry the fight to them for long periods and Cathal Dunbar is a livewire but the depth of the UL group is vast, their half-back line is a strikingly good one and they can see off last year’s runners-up.
Verdict: University of Limerick.
Dublin IT v DCU, Parnell Park 7pm (A. Kelly, Galway).
Derek Mcgrath and Davy Fitzgerald can’t but take notice of the form of men like Patrick Curran and Jack O’connor as DCU sent out a message in knocking last year’s winners Mary Immaculate College out of the competition.
Pat Gilroy will be delighted to see Donal Burke performing so well too and it’s their attack boasting that trio along with a defence led by the sure hands of Eoghan O’donnell that has brought them to the cusp of a first final. Patrick Maher hasn’t been all that impressive for Tipperary this year but he is making his presence felt for DIT along with Liam Blanchfield.
UCD was a good scalp and Westmeath’s Tommy Doyle is as good a defender as O’donnell at full-back and his county colleague Derek Mcnicholas is solid too but there are more sparks in the DCU attack.
Words: John Fogarty