There were wins for Tipperary, Clare and IT Tralee in the preliminary round of the McGrath Cup on Sunday.
Despite the concession of three goals Tipperary edged into the quarter finals with a narrow two point win over Limerick Institute of Technology in Clonmel. The Premier County letting slip an 8 point lead mid way through the first half to go in at half time 2-06 to 2-05 down.
Tipperary came out the stronger in the second half and led by substitute Barry Grogan established a five point lead, a late LIT goal setting up a tight finish. Tipperary held on
Meanwhile in Doonbeg, the Clare Senior Footballers set up a clash with Cork next weekend thanks to a 1-18 to 0-08 win over UL in Doonbeg.
At half time Clare led by 0-10 points to 0-04 and despite conceding a goal to the third level outfit towards the end of the game they still won by seven.
Finally the biggest result of the day came in Carriganore, Waterford where the footballers of Waterford went down by six points to IT Tralee.
Waterford paid the price for a slow start as early goals from Mikey Brennan and Alan O’Donoghue helped the students go in 2-8 to 0-5 ahead at half time. The home side improved after the break with Gary Hurney contributing 10 points in total but Liam O’ Lionnain missed a late goal chance as Waterford had to settle for a 6 points defeat in the end.
Quarter final fixtures 15th January
Cork IT v IT Tralee
Limerick v UCC
Cork v Clare
Waterford IT V Tipperary