IT Carlow Fitzgibbon senior hurlers showed last weeks performance against WIT (Match report here:) is nothing to go by, as they defeated Maynooth University in Maynooth on Thursday night. Scoring 9-24, the Carlow team was on form with 10 players scoring from around the pitch.
From the throw in, Carlow dominated lead 11 points to just a single point at 20 mins. A great save from Shane Nolan and two disallowed goals in the first half kept Carlow IT goalless and determined to find the net. The south east team lead 0-17 to 0-1 at the break with scores from Kevin Kelly (0-3), Jack Fagan (0-4), Stephen Maher (0-5 3’65 2fs), Conor Doughan (0-1), Aidan Fogarty (0-2), Ian Byrne (0-1) and Martin Kavanagh (0-1).
Maynooth started strong with better possession and scoring chances in the opening minutes of the second half. This was quickly cancelled out when Carlow became extremely goal hungry to the misfortune of Maynooth goalie Nolan who did his best to keep the ball out of the net when he could. Ian Byrne was the trendsetter and hit IT Carlow’s first goal from a penalty before hitting it again during the second half. These goals were quickly followed by Kevin Kelly, Stephen Maher, Jack Fagan, Martin Kavanagh and Chris Bolger who hit a hat trick of goals in the second half.
Maynooth registered some good scores from Colm Chan (0-1), John Maher (0-2) and Conor Fenlon (1-0) as they experienced Fitzgibbon Cup for the first time in a number of years.
The 2014 All-Ireland league winners never gave up even in the latter stages of the game conveying great skill, fitness and conviction right until the final whistle. Carlow’s substitute James Doyle, quickly rapid things up for the Institute hitting three rapid points on the trot in the final minutes before referee James Owens blew the full time whistle.