Keen lo­cal in­ter­est in Fitzgib­bon Cup

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WITH TWO of the four Fitzgib­bon Cup semi-fi­nal­ists fea­tur­ing starters from Wex­ford, there is the strong like­li­hood that the county will have a keen di­rect in­ter­est in the third level col­leges hurl­ing de­cider which is fixed for Mal­low on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 24, at 3 p.m.

In a change from tra­di­tion, the penul­ti­mate round games won’t be played on the day be­fore. In­stead, they are both down for de­ci­sion tonight (Tues­day), with I.T. Car­low fac­ing favourites U.L. at the W.I.T. sports cam­pus in Car­rig­anore at 7 p.m., while D.C.U. will meet D.I.T. in a Dublin venue at the same time.

Four Wex­ford lads have been fea­tur­ing reg­u­larly with D.J. Carey’s I.T. Car­low, who are in­tent on go­ing one bet­ter than last year when they lost the fi­nal to Mary Im­mac­u­late from Lim­er­ick.

Oyle­gate-Glen­brien club­mates Shane Reck and Sea­mus Casey are key mem­bers of the squad, along with Michael Red­mond from Rath­nure and Bal­ly­gar­rett’s in­ter-county for­ward Cathal Dun­bar.

The D.C.U. side all set for the Dublin derby is pow­ered by St. Martin’s pair Aaron Maddock and Joe O’Con­nor, along with the Fo­leys from Cross­abeg-Bal­ly­murn, Pádraig and Oisín, and Black­wa­ter de­fender Dar­ren Byrne.

The Wex­ford rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the ri­val D.I.T. squad is sup­plied by sub­sti­tute goal­keeper Ed­die Mernagh from Oyle­gate-Glen­brien.

Two of the al­ready de­parted Fitzgib­bon con­tes­tants also boasted strong Slaney­side in­volve­ment.

U.C.D. fea­tured Naomh Eanna pair Dar­ragh Hughes and Gary Mol­loy along with Rath­nure duo Brian Quigley and De­nis Ma­her plus Dar­ren Codd of St. Martin’s.

And W.I.T. in­cluded Mark Fan­ning (Glynn-Barn­town), John Doyle (St. Patrick’s), Shane Lawlor (Rath­nure), and the un­for­tu­nate Con­nal Flood (Clough­bawn) whose year was brought to a pre­ma­ture end with a se­ri­ous knee in­jury sus­tained while on col­leges duty.

The Ryan Cup fi­nal will be the cur­tain-raiser to the Fitzgib­bon de­cider on Satur­day week, and in that in­stance the semis will be played on the same week­end.

Maynooth Univer­sity have qual­i­fied af­ter drop­ping down from the Fitzgib­bon this year, and their half-back line will fea­ture Ross Dono­hoe of Buf­fers Al­ley who is joined in that area of the field by Kilkenny star Pádraig Walsh and Brian Ho­gan (Tip­per­ary) whose fa­ther, Ken, the ex-goal­keeper, is team man­ager.

Stephen Stafford of Tagh­mon-Cam­ross is one of the de­pend­able cor­ner-backs, while John Furlong (Buf­fers Al­ley) is also on the panel.

Maynooth and G.M.I.T. have qual­i­fied from their group, and a play-off will have whit­tled down three teams to two on the other side of the draw by Thurs­day, with U.U.J., Athlone I.T. and I.T. Tralee cur­rently in con­tention.

Mary Gorham, Katey Gre­gan, Es­ther O’Leary and Kelly Long.

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