DIT advanced to the quarter final of the All Ireland after an impressive 7 point victory over Queens University in Parnell Park. DIT put in a superb first half performance in which they asserted their dominance over queens which give them a halftime lead of 1-7 to 0-5.
It was queens who got off the mark first from a good individual point from their midfielder Eoin rogers who burst through the DIT defence and blasted over the bar DIT responded well however coming back with three quick points of their own a fantastic long range point by half back Colm Byrne. Queens fired back however with two points from Oisin Mc Manus who was a constant threat throughout the game. DIT started to gain control of the game from this point on as they asserted their dominance in midfield through Declan Byrne and Jack Hobbs who were two of the standout players for the home side on the day. DIT raced into a 0-6 0-3 lead coming towards the end of the first half Queens responded again with two good points of their own by James Keery and a free by Oisin Mc Manus. It was a tight contest coming towards the end of the first half as their wasn’t much to separate the teams a fine free flowing move from DIT which produced a fine goal from the big full forward Liam Hughes it was good link up play between Noel Coggy and Liam Hughes as they exchanged passes which resulted in Hughes smashing a great goal in the back of queens net. DIT were on the scoresheet again just before half time to leave the half time score DIT 1-7 Queens 0-5.
On the resumption both teams fired over consecutive scores Queens were now facing an uphill battle and you could sense more urgency in their play as their full forward Paudy Conlon was on the scoresheet. However this was as good as it got for queens as DIT again started to assert their dominance with 4 points in a row with Liam Hughes jack Hobbs and Declan Byrne all on the scoresheet. Queens then notched up two points of their own through again Oisin Mc Manus and James Keery with five minutes to go Queens got a lifeline as they were awarded a close range free which was brilliantly blocked on the line by the DIT defenders DIT then went on to score the final two scores of the game which left the full time score DIT 1-14 Queens 0-10. A fully deserved win for DIT which means they will now march on to the quarter final.
DIT: Daniel Mottren, Paddy Reilly, Scott Murphy, William Irish, Evan Mc Herney, John Farrell, Colm Byrne, Declan Byrne, Jack Hobbs, Den Fitzgerald, Noel Coggy, Eoin O Hehir, Cormac Kelly, Liam Hughes, Paul Lynch
Queens: Aidan Burke, Ray Mc Aleer, Aaron Burke, Dermot Hicks, Mark Patterson, Don lynch, David Curke, Eoin Rogers, Malachy leech, James Keery, Lorcan Oliver, peter Shannon, Niall Naughton, Paudy Conlon, Oisin Mc Manus