IT Carlow 2-11 DCU 0-6
IT Carlow intermediate hurlers overcame DCU comfortably in IT Carlow last Thursday in the rest of Ireland final of the Intermediate championship. Dublin City university was quick off the mark to get a score on the scoreboard after a Peter Hogan free put his side in front in the opening minute. ITC were rapid to answer after two Maurice Sexton point’s from a placed ball and a point from play with the help of Michael O Hanlon. Anthony Forde was forced off early in the game with a hamstring injury but substitute Kevin Varian quickly filled his spot playing very well on the edge of the square. Colm Mulrooney, Emmet Jones and Kevin Varian added first half points to widen the gap between the sides. Niall Delaney kept a clean sheet between the posts blocking everything that came in his path with Eoin Lynch covering serious ground to win the ball on the wing rather than his jersey number of 15 while wing-forward Gary Nolan constantly made a nuisance of himself for his marker. DCU mid-fielder Leeroy Richardson hit two long range scores in attempt to keep his team in the game along with towering full-forward Ian O’Donnell who also hit two great scores a long distance out from his set position.
Carlow lead by five points at half time against the wind and a man of the match display from Cork native Maurice Sexton who hit 1-8 throughout the game and was Carlow’s only scorer in the second half. After DCU’s number 1 fumbled on a high dropping free from Maurice Sexton, ITC were well on their way from a home victory. Both sides were reduced to 14 men in the second half by two yellows, ITC’s Eoin Lynch was given his marching orders along with DCU’s Billy Hanlon. Kevin Varian again showed his potential after Colm Mulrooney handpassed the ball in his direction and he made no mistake to bat the ball to the net for the final score of the game.
There is no fixture yet for the All-Ireland but IT Carlow will be hoping to go one step further than last years performance and also claim a GAA championship All-Ireland title for the college. Manager Mark Ryan will have no doubt an headache picking his team for the final with substitutes Chris Buckley and Kevin Varian causing a major upset for DCU defenders and Tommy Gallagher was a strong presence when he came onto the field.
ITC: Maurice Sexton 1-8 (0-5f’s), Colm Mulrooney 0-1, Emmet Jones 0-1, Kevin Varian 1-1
DCU: Leeroy Richardson 0-2, Peter Hogan 0-2 (0-1 ’65, 0-1f’s), Ian O’Donnell 0-2
ITC: Paddy Rigney, Eoin Lynch (2), Aaron O’Brien
DCU: Billy Hanlon (2), James Donoghue, Ian O’Donnell