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MIC Secure Historic Fitzgibbon Cup Title

01 March 2016   (0 Comments)
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 MIC Secure Historic Fitzgibbon Cup Title

Mary Immaculate College made history on Saturday 27th February when their Senior Hurling team beat UL in an epic final to secure the Fitzgibbon Cup for the first time ever.

It took two periods of extra-time and more than 90 minutes of hurling but the MIC team eventually emerged successful to claim their first Fitzgibbon Cup final after a pulsating encounter. At both the end of normal time and the end of the first period of extra-time, it appeared as if MIC had done enough to make a little piece of history. However, UL wouldn't give up their title without a fight levelling the score at the end of normal time.

Again at the end of extra time when once more it looked like MIC had secured the title UL came back with more.  As the players shook hands on the field and consigned themselves to a replay confirmation came over the PA that two additional periods of five minutes each were to be played. On 87 minutes the sides were level for the 19th time in the game but this soon changed when Daragh O'Donovan converted a free and Cian Lynch hit his fifth point of the game securing a historic Fitzgibbon Cup title for Mary Immaculate College.

Declan Hannon, 4th year BA student, was awarded man of the match award after scoring an impressive total of 1 goal and 12 points.   Speaking after the game Declan said "That was one of the most unbelievable games I have played in. There is such self-belief in the boys and I'm unbelievably proud of them. We had it won and lost so many times throughout the game but we'd have stayed until midnight to win the game."

Congratulating the team Prof. Michael A Hayes, President of MIC, said "It is a proud moment for the players and the management and coaching team who led them to the Fitzgibbon Cup final. It is also a proud and historic moment for Mary Immaculate College”.

Speaking after the game MIC’s hurling manager
Eamonn Cregan compared the game to the 1973 All Ireland and paid credit to the players commenting on how they showed "tremendous heart and a belief in themselves that they could win it. This is a team that I had as Freshers and they came up along the ranks. They gelled as a unit for Mary I. That is the soul of the Mary I. When they come into Mary I, they are part and parcel of the College. We knew we had good players, but it was about producing it on the field. They certainly did that”.

This occasion however was a poignant one as it marked the end of Eamonn Cregan’s tenure of more than two decades with the College.  Paying tribute to Eamonn Cregan Prof. Hayes said; "I want to pay tribute to Eamonn Cregan, who for many years at MIC has coached, developed and supported our players to this historic moment. We at MIC are extremely grateful to him and wish him and his family all the best with his next chapter”.

Fulltime score MIC 1-30 (33) to UL 3-22 (31).

Highlights of the game available to view on TG4, tonight, Monday 29th February, @ 8.30pm.

MARY IMMACULATE COLLEGE TEAM: M Ó Conghaile; E Quirke, R English, A Ryan; R Maher, T Stapleton, J Meagher; C Galvin, D O’Donovan; S Linnane, C Lynch, D Reidy; D Hannon, N O’Meara, D Corry. Subs: M O’Neill for Galvin (42), T Gallacher for Corry (51), S Cahill for O’Donovan (54), S Kennedy for Linnane (60), Corry for Quirke (start of extra time), O’Donovan for O’Meara (70, injured), S Linnane for Gallagher (75), Gallagher for Hannon (80).

Scorers for Mary Immaculate College: D Hannon 1-12 (0-9f), R Lynch 0-5 (0-1f), S Linnane, D O’Donovan (0-1f), D Reidy 0-3 each, T Gallacher, J Meagher, S Cahill, D Corry 0-1 each.


2016 MIC Senior Hurling Team and Fitzgibbon Cup Winners

Picture credit: Eóin Noonan /. SPORTSFILES

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