In Pictures: Mary Immaculate claim Fitzgibbon Cup after epic final against University Limerick

It was a tight affair as two periods of extra-time were required to separate the teams

BY Adrian Collins 17:55 Saturday 27 February 2016, 17:55 27 Feb 2016

Image: INPHO/Ken Sutton

There were 95 minutes of hurling needed to separate the two teams on Saturday, as Mary Immaculate College faced University Limerick (UL) in the Fitzgibbon Cup final. 

It was a long, high-scoring encounter between the two sides in Cork on Saturday as both Mary Immaculate and University Limerick gave it everything to claim the Fitzgibbon Cup. 

The old mantra of taking your points proved to be all too true for Mary Immaculate today as the sides hit 52 points over the bar, and a further glut of goals. 

Neither team was giving an inch with the scores tied at the break, as Mary Immaculate's 0-9 was matched by UL's 1-6. Tom Morrissey was on target early with the goal for UL, but Declan Hannon's superb performance saw him slot over a number of points to keep his side in contention.

Image: Mary Immaculate's Maidhc O’Conghaile and Eoin Quirke look on in despair after John McGrath scores
 Credit ©INPHO/Ciaran Culligan

That was to be a trend that continued in the second half, with Hannon scoring Mary Immacuate's only goal, while John McGrath found the back of the net twice for UL. At the end of normal time, they were still level with the scores at UL 3-12 to Mary Immaculate's 1-18. 

Image: UL's Paul Maher is tackled by Mary Immaculate's Darragh Corry
 Credit ©INPHO/Ken Sutton

Two points were all that separated the sides after two periods of extra-time, with the scoreboard reading 1-30 to 3-22, showing the fine margins that decided the game and left UL exhausted and defeated, while Mary Immaculate celebrated an historic victory. 

Image: Mary Immaculate's Darragh O’Donovan in action against UL's John McGrath. Credit ©INPHO/Ken Sutton

Mary Immaculate's Cian Lynch is tackled by UL's Kevin Hehir. Credit ©INPHO/Ken Sutton

Image: John McGrath scores the second goal for UL. Credit ©INPHO/Ciaran Culligan

Image: UL's Conor Martin in action against Mary Immaculate's Darragh O'Donovan. Credit ©INPHO/Ken Sutton

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