Historic first title for LIT Tipperary

Colleges Hurling

Colleges Hurling

LIT Tipperary 2-6

St. Patrick’s College 0-8

Unrivalled scenes of excitement engulfed the ‘The Farm’ playing fields in Cork last Saturday morning when LIT Tipperary won the All-Ireland Colleges Fergal Maher Cup Final. Played as part of the prestigious Fitzgibbon Cup weekend in its Centenary Year and hosted by UCC, this was aN historic first piece of silverware in this code, being the first year of participation for the Tipperary College (formerly Tipperary Institute) under the LIT banner.

With victories over St. Mary’s of Belfast in the quarter final and IT Tallaght in the semi-final on Friday last, the LIT Tipperary side faced arch rivals St. Patrick’s College with the ‘Pride of Thurles’ at stake!!

St. Patrick’s opened the scoring with a free awarded within the first minute of play by centre back Brian Kennedy. This was followed in quick succession by a point from play by LIT Tipperary mid fielder Seamus Lawlor.

The next score came in the 15th minute for LIT Tipperary with a well-taken goal by full forward Jamie McCormack. St. Patrick’s replied a minute later with another pointed free by Brian Kennedy but LIT Tipperary soon asserted their dominance by scoring another goal through centre forward James Logue.

This was to be the last score in this half from LIT Tipperary while St. Patrick’s scored another three points from frees from the accurate Paul Ryan. This left the score at half time, 2-1 to 0–5 in favour of LIT Tipperary.

The second half opened with a ’65 from LIT Tipperary’s James Logue quickly followed by St. Patrick’s first point from open play by Dean O’Toole. The next fifteen minutes were hard fought with only one score from St. Patrick’s College and in the 16TH minute, St. Patrick’s College were dealt a blow when their centre forward, Colm Cummins, received a straight red card.

This spurred LIT Tipperary into action who scored four of the next five points through a pointed free from James Logue and a point a-piece from Seamus Lawlor, Tom Dorney and Martin Fitzgerald while St. Patrick’s could only score one more point from play in this half.

When the final whistle blew there were scenes of jubilation amongst the LIT Tipperary camp and the Fergal Maher Cup was presented to the LIT Tipp captain, Seamus Lawlor, by a representative from Comhairle Ardoideachais and Seamus also received the Man of the Match award.

It was a very proud day for the management team of Liam Kennedy (Manager), Fr. Jimmy O’Donnell (Selector) and Wayne Fanning (Sports Officer).

Scores for LIT Tipperary: James Logue 1-2, (0-1 free, 0-1 ’65) Jamie McCormack 1-0, Seamus Lawlor 0-2; Martin Fitzgerald 0-1, Tom Dorney 0-1.

LIT Tipperary: David Reddan (Kilruane McDonaghs), Niall O’Sullivan (Moycarkey Borris), Aidan Dwyer (Borrisoleigh), James McDonnell (Na Piarsaigh, Cork), Ian Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Cathal Bergin (Killenaule), Fergal Brennan (Cloneen, Kilkenny), Seamus Lawlor (Fourmilewater) Captain; Micheal Coen (Clonoulty Rossmore), Tom Dorney (Thurles Gaels), James Logue (Ballingarry), Adam McCarthy (Cobh, Cork), Denis McGrath (Moyle Rovers), Jamie McCormack (Fethard), Martin Fitzgerald (Ardclough, Kildare), Kevin Smith (Thurles Sarsfields), Ciaran O’Shea (Thurles Sarsfields), Paul Fahy (Killimor, Galway), Jim Nelligan (Inniscara, Cork), Phil O’Sullivan (Eire Og, Cork), Eoin Kinnane (Templederry), Mick Carroll (Castlecomer, Kilkenny), Diarmuid Brennan (Clonoulty Rossmore), Tom McEvoy (Clonad, Laois), Barra O’Nuallain (Ballyboden, Dublin)