Waterford IT 0-14; Dublin IT 0-12
Waterford IT qualified for the Fitzgibbon Cup Semi-Finals after a two-point win over a plucky Dublin IT side at Ballygunner last Wednesday. Although they started the game as overwhelming favourites, Colm Bonnar’s charges made hard work of disposing of the visitors. In the end, WIT can count themselves quite lucky to have hung on for an important victory.
The home side gave no indication of the struggles that were ahead when they raced into a four-point lead in the opening 10 minutes. Two of these points came from Timmy Hammersley frees, with the other two being fine points from play by Cork senior panellist Fintan O’Leary.
In beating UCD earlier in the competition DIT had shown that they are no pushovers and despite playing against a stiff breeze they fought back well. Dublin senior player Peter Kelly, who was part of the side that defeated over Tipperary last weekend, landed the opening DIT point.
A feature of WIT’s play was the overuse of the short puckout and it was from one of these that Willie O’Dwyer was able to intercept and fire over another point for the visitors.
A free from Paul Ryan and another beauty from Kelly brought DIT back on level terms before they took the lead for the first time courtesy of an excellent point from Kilkenny senior panellist O’Dwyer.
WIT spurned some good scoring opportunities as they sought to take maximum advantage of the wind. They finished the half very strongly and added four points to lead by three at the break.
See The Munster Express newspaper for full story.