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Rodgers on fire as UL win Fitzgibbon opener

University of Limerick 5-30 (45) TUS Midwest 0-14 (14)

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UL have made a rampant start to this year’s Fitzgibbon cup, following a thirty-one point win over TUS Midwest.

Clare’s Mark Rodgers hit a hat trick in the first half, with all five goals for UL coming in that first period.

Rodgers was not the only one to rack up an impressive score, as Gearoid O’Connor and Sean Twomey also hit the net – with Michael Kiely and Niall Brennan bagging six and five points respectively.

On the TUS Midwest front, Billy Seymour finished with a tally of six points on what was a difficult night for the visitors.

UL the clearly dominant side in this one, which notably included Sigerson Cup goalkeeper Conor Flaherty on dual duty, lining out at left half back.

Next for UL, it’s a trip to the ‘Big Smoke’ to face TU Dublin on February 2, while TUS Midwest will host the same opposition on January 27.

UL scorers:

M Rodgers 3-1, G O’Connor 1-7 (6f), M Kiely 0-6, S Twomey 1-2, R Brennan 0-5, B O’Mara, C Connolly and B Power (1f) 0-2 each, B O’Grady, M Gough and C O’Grady 0-1 each.

UL team:

E Davis (St Catherines); D Treacy (Scariff), TJ Brennan (Clarinbridge), M Gough (Smith O’Briens); B Staunton (Thomastown), B O’Mara (Holycross-Ballycahill), C Flaherty (Carnmore-Claregalway); B O’Grady (Kilteely-Dromkeen), C Connolly (Loughmore Castleiney); N Brennan (Lisdowney), G O’Connor (Moyne Templetuohy), S Twomey (Courcey Rovers); B Power (Clonea), M Rodgers (Scariff), M Kiely (Abbeyside-Ballinacourty).

Subs used:

K Sampson (Shinrone), R Duff (Mungret St Paul’s), R Hayes (Crusheen), C O’Grady (Hospital-Herbertstown), M O’Grady (Knockainey).

TUS Midwest scorers:

B Seymour 0-6 (3f 1p), R Mounsey 0-3, S Taylor 0-2, S O’Loughlin, K O’Kelly and A Mulcahy 0-1 each

TUS Midwest team:

C Broderick (Clarecastle); T O’Connor (Ballybrown), P Donnellan (Broadford), C Downes (Kildimo-Pallaskenry); E Killeen (Rathdowney Errill), B Mahony (Crotta O’Neill’s); A Healy (Nenagh Eire Og) J McCarthy (Toomevara), R Mounsey (Ruan); S Taylor (Broadford), E Hurley (Newcastle West), S O’Loughlin (Kilmaley); P Kirby (Patrickswell), B Seymour (Kiladangan), K O’Kelly (Kilruane McDonagh’s).

Subs used: E Fitzpatrick (Roscrea), M Cremin (Newcastle West), R Bonnar (Cashel), A Mulcahy (Midleton), D Tynan (Roscrea).

Referee:

S Hynes (Oranmore/Maree, Galway). 

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