University of Limerick to meet winners of Waterford v Tipperary

WATERFORD CRYSTAL SENIOR HURLING 

The winners of next Wednesday’s Waterford v Tipperary Waterford Crystal Cup Quarter Final will play University of Limerick  in the Semi-Final next weekend.  The other Semi-Final will feature Clare and Waterford IT.

These are today’s results and below is an round up of today’s games from www.rte.ie 

Round 1 – January 4th. 2009
Waterford 1-17 v UCC 2-13

Quarter Final – W/E January 11th. 2009 
E- Cork 0-09 Waterford IT 0-14
F- Clare 0-13 Limerick IT 0-12
H- Cork IT 1-08 University of Limerick 0-14
G – Tipperary v Waterford
@ St.Mollerans/Carrickbeg at 7.30p.m. on Wednesday 14th January
Reiteoir – Declan O’Driscoll (Luimneach)

Semi Finals – W/E January 18th. 2009
Winners of E v Winners of F
Winners of G v Winners of H

FINAL – W/E January 25th. 2009 

Forced to play without their entire squad from last season due to the players’ dispute with manager Gerald McCarthy, the odds were always against a patched-up Cork team winning their opening match of the season this afternoon.

And so it proved as Waterford IT beat the youthful Rebels at Páirc Uí Rinn to set up a Waterford Crystal Cup semi-final clash with Clare next Sunday.

The student side led by 0-06 to 0-04 at half-time and they would have been further ahead but for a strong showing from Alan Kennedy in the Cork goal.

Despite the best efforts of Cork’s stand-in captain Barry Johnson, who scored 0-07 (0-06f) in all, Waterford IT pulled away with Timmy Hammersley helping himself to three points from play.

James Gahan also chipped in with some impressive scores and of Waterford IT’s final tally, 0-12 was from open play.

Meanwhile, Limerick IT made use of a wind advantage to lead by 0-08 to 0-04 at half-time against Clare but a second half yellow yellow card for Galway star Joe Canning proved costly for the students.

They were overhauled at the end, with Clare finishing as 0-13 to 0-12 victors.

During that second half turnaround, Tony Carmody, Mark Flaherty and Tony Griffin were the scorers-in-chief for the Banner men, with Carmody landing the deciding point three minutes from the end.

Conor Hassett, who continued his midfield partnership with Brendan Bugler, also chipped in with two points in the closing ten minutes.

Team captain Canning and Tipperary’s Seamus Callinan (0-03) accounted for Limerick IT’s second half points, but Callinan agonisingly missed a late 21-yard free.

UL did ensure a Limerick presence in the last-four of the competition by beating Cork IT by 0-14 to 1-08 at Newtownshandrum.

Their semi-final opponents will be either Waterford or Tipperary, whose quarter-final encounter will take place on Wednesday.

UL left half-forward Brian Carroll was the star of the show for his side, finishing with a handsome tally of 0-09 (0-04f).

Five of his points came in the final 15 minutes as the Limerick students erased a 1-08 to 0-07 deficit.

Cork IT led by 0-06 to 0-05 at half-time, with free-taker Ryan Clifford accounting for all of their points.

UL had two players yellow carded in the first half, with one of the yellow card substitutes, James Heffernan, earning himself a red card soon after his introduction for clashing with Cork IT’s Peter Downey.

Top scorer Clifford, who was playing on his home pitch, fired a penalty to the net two minutes into the second half to give Cork IT a further boost, but UL managed to find an extra gear in the final minutes.

RESULTS:

Cork 0-09 Waterford IT 0-14

Clare 0-13 Limerick IT 0-12

Cork IT 1-08 University of Limerick 0-14

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