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Friday 23 February 2018

DCU set to end DIT's Fitz' dream

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Burke is just one of five Dublin club hurlers who started in their quarter-final victory. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Burke is just one of five Dublin club hurlers who started in their quarter-final victory. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Westmeath's Niall O'Brien led the way with an 11-point haul (9f, 1 '65') as DIT shocked rivals UCD in their quarter-final to make the last-four for the first time in their history.

Despite that result they are slight underdogs tonight against a DCU side who also rallied late on to topple the three in-a-row chasing Mary Immaculate of Limerick with with Dublin senior Donal Burke playing a central role for the Glasnevin university.

Burke is just one of a five Dublin club hurlers who started in their quarter-final victory with Eoghan Dunne, Luke Kelly, Jonathan McGuirk junior, Fionntán MacGib and Conor Ryan all involved that evening.

St Vincent's Conor Burke also came off the bench to telling effect last time out.

Westmeath are also strong represented on the DCU team as along with O'Brien there is Derek McNicholas, Robbie Greville, Thomas Doyle and Niall Mitchell.

ODDS: DCU 4/5 DIT 5/4 Draw 8/1 VERDICT: DCU

DCU v DIT (Parnell Park, 7.0)

UL looking too powerful

IT Carlow are in the last-four after seeing off LIT in their quarter-final tussle

Seán Downey grabbed the vital goal as DJ Carey's men marched on.

They face a UL side tonight who will go into this game as heavy favourites thanks to their 22-point dismantling of UCC last time out.

A quick glance at their team sheet shows why they are outright favourites to win the competition as they can call on the likes of Tony Kelly and John McGrath.

IT CARLOW v UL

ODDS: IT Carlow 9/2 UL 1/6 Draw 12/1 VERDICT: UL

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