The LYIT men’s gaelic team lost out to University of Limerick in a thrilling final on Tuesday at the Connacht Centre of Excellence in Ballyhaunis.
University Limerick 1-16
Letterkenny IT 1-10
The Letterkenny side were defeated by a 6 point margin against an excellent UL team which included All-Star Kerry forward James O Donughue.
The Limerick side took the lead after two minutes when O’Donughue got his first of the game. His score was soon followed up when T.J Ryan.
Letterkenny settled after this when they got their next three scores thanks to three Darragh Gallagher frees. This was followed up by another T.J Ryan point to level the scores.
James O’Donughue added his second from play after 15 minutes but this was his scoring from play done for the game, due to an outstanding Conor Parke performance, who made sure he kept the All-Star very quiet.
The sides went in at half time on a scoreline of 7 points to 6 in favour of UL.
The first three points of the second half were scored by the Limerick side and it was a matter of just seeing the game out.
At one stage UL led by 8 points but the Letterkenny boys didn’t give up and they kept fighting until the final whistle.
With 10 minutes left, Shane Coyle charged through the Limerick defence and found himself be ankle tapped by Monaghan county star and All-Star nominee Dessie Mone.
This was a clear cut goal chance and the IT were awarded a 13 yard free instead of a penalty which was pointed by Darragh Gallagher.
With seven minutes left, the local scholars got their only goal of the game thanks to a William Gillespie tap in.
The scoring was concluded when Shane Coyle kicked the last point of the game to make it a six point deficit in favour of the Limerick boys.
Eamon O Boyle’s top performers were Conor Parke of St Eunans, Anthony Thompson of Naomh Conaill, Thomas Kerr of Ballybay Pearce Brothers of Monaghan and Corey Gallagher of Dunloe.
LYIT: Blake Forkan; Cian Mc Fadden, Conor Parke, Corey Gallagher; Dylan Mc Gowan, Anthony Thompson, Adrian O Gara; Stephen Henry, Darragh Gallagher(0-7,7f); Thomas Kerr (0-1), Brian Egan, William Gillespie (1-0); Shane Coyle (0-2), Peter Boyle, Brian Timlin. Subs., Ryan Mangan for O’Gara 20; Daniel McNally for Timlin 30