The University of Limerick began their league campaign with a deserved draw against IT Carlow. Carlow enjoyed the loin’s possession but it was UL who broke the deadlock. After a turnover in the UL half of the field, Garbhan Coughlan broke, 30 yards from goal.
Initially looking like he was going to shoot, he weaved past two defenders before coolly applying the finish. Less than a minute after the restart, UL were picking the ball out of their own net. Carlow scored a breakaway goal to even the tie.
Ten minutes later UL restored their one goal lead. Again Garbhan Coughlan picked the ball up just inside the IT Carlow half and instead of wasting time beating defenders decided just to shoot. From 40 yards out, Coughlan scored a goal that would be worthy of the Puskas award. This was a milestone goal for Coughlan as it brought his tally in competitive matches for UL to 30 goals in 21 matches.
With 65 minutes on the clock, Carlow’s star player Jonny Bonner dribbled past the UL defence and unleashed an accurate strike past Stephen Walsh in the UL goal. Carlow could have snatched all three points late on but squander the opportunity.
UL: Stephen Walsh; Barry Hooton, Conor Maguire, Ross O’Toole, AJ O’Connor; Jonathan Hannafin (c), Joe Collins; Killian Hayes, Oisin McMenamin, Aidan McGrath: Garbhan Coughlan
Subs: Jack Lynch (on for Hayes), Aidan Boyle (on for Maguire), Oisin Hassett (on for McGrath)
Goals: Garbhan Coughlan (17’, 28’)
Bookings: Jack Lynch, Jonathan Hannafin
M.O.M: AJ O’Connor