UL: 3-28 NUI Maynooth: 1-10
A dominant performance saw the UL fresher 1 hurlers breeze past NUI Maynooth and into the semi-final of the freshers championship on a cold afternoon on pitch 1. The UL forwards ran rampant in the first half and led by 23 points at the half-time break. The home side never panicked as NUIM entered a purple patch in the second half, instead UL’s top scorer, Alan Murphy led by example with brilliantly taken points.
The league finalists were quick off the mark, closing off all chances for the visitors to settle into the game. Four unanswered points eased them into the lead and while NUIM were able to manage some good build up play, UL quickly shifted to deal with their advances. Cian Moloney and Alan Murphy led the UL attack in the first half, taking fine scores from all angles. Murphy intercepted a wayward Maynooth pass and gave the goalkeeper no chance with a blistering shot. He added another moments later, the UL forwards cutting through the opposition’s poor defence.
Credit to NUIM who fought bravely in the second half, scattering the UL defence at times and stringing together a run of three unanswered points in what was a brilliant response to UL’s third goal, well taken by Colin Crehan. Maynooth added a goal due to a mistake in the UL defence but despite a valiant effort, they were unable to make a serious dent in UL’s extensive lead. Further points from Crehan and Murphy rounded off a 24 point win for the home side and sent them roaring into the semi-final.
Scorers for UL: Alan Murphy 2-08, Colin Crehan 1-01,Tom Morrisey 0-4, Leigh Bergin, Ian Galvin 0-3 each, Donnacha Quinn, Josh Keane, Mark Shanahan, Cian Moloney 0-2 each, Jason Stanley 0-1.