Fitzgibbon Cup pre­views

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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.

Ver­dict: DCU.

Words: John Fog­a­rty

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