McGrath Cup review

Updated: January 16, 2012

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It was another exciting weekend of football in Munster as the McGrath Cup advanced to the semi final stages.

Beaten Munster club finalists UCC and Sigerson cup favourites dispatched Limerick with an emphatic 1-19 to 0-10 point victory in their quarter final in Rathkeale.

The students led 1-05 to 0-05 points at half time with a Marc Collins goal separating the sides however a strong wind assisted second half during which UCC outscored their hosts by 9 points set up a semi final encounter with Tipperary.

The Premier County booked their semi final place with an equally impressive win over WIT, their 4-16 to 0-06 win leaving the Waterford students still searching for their first win at McGrath cup level. Barry Grogan, who impressed as a sub in the opening round win over Limerick IT, was once again the form player as he scored 3-03 to help John Evan’s side to a 16 point win.

Evan’s will also have been pleased to see 2011 All-Ireland minor winner Michael Quinlivan came off the bench to notch 1-01 not to mention the return of former captain Robbie Costigan after a year in Australia.

Meanwhile Colm O’Neill marked his return to the Cork side after injury with two goals as Conor Counihan’s side ran out comfortable 2-14 to 0-07 winners over Clare in Pairc Ui Rinn.

The Rebels will now face CIT who won the battle of the students with a comfortable win at the CIT Sports ground. Tralee lead early on through a Gary O’Driscoll goal however CIT edged their way to 2 point half time lead before second half goals from Donal Og Hodnett and Jerry O’Connor sealed a 2-16 to 2-05 point win.

Semi final line up 2pm Sunday 22nd Jan:

Cork v CIT
UCC v Tipperary

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