The Athlone lads went 2-2 to 0-2 up with 10 minutes played. Cillian Fitzgerald and Kieran Kilcline both scored a goal each to give the Dublin college a mountain to climb. Kilclines goal was particulary impressive as he won possession on his own ’45 before driving through the Trinity defence to raise the green flag.
Ross O’Hanlon in the Trinity goal was actually in outstanding form and he made some fine saves in the first half to keep the contest alive. Early in the second half however O’Hanlon misread the flight of Kieran Martin’s ’45 and the ball dropped over him into the net. That effectively ended the game as a contest and AIT now face UCD at Belfield at 3pm next Tuesday in the 1st round proper for the right to take on a GMIT side that caused a small shock by beating 2013 champions DIT in Tuam.
Scorers – Athlone IT: K Kilcline 1-4 (0-1f), G Egan 0-3 (2fs), C Fitzgerald 1-1, K Martin (’45’) 1-0, J Donohue, D Whelan 0-1 each. Trinity: P McPadden 0-7fs, J Kavanagh (f), T Daly, E Keogh 0-1 each.
AIT – M Langtry; E Kerins, S Flynn, D Farrelly; J Donohue, K Martin, J Dolan; M Day, C O’Brien; D Wharton, G Egan, D Whelan; K Kilcline, D Queeney, C Fitzgerald. Subs: A Sullivan for Wharton (half-time), J Wharton for Dolan (BC, 38), S Moran for Queeney (43), M Kearney for Day (BC, 49), K Rudden for Donohue (53).
Trinity College – R O’Hanlon; G Deery, M O’Grady, S Mulhern; G O’Donohue, T Daly, J McPadden; S Byrne, E Keogh; D Boothman, J Lane, M Regan; P McPadden, B Murray, J Kavanagh. Subs: B Flynn for Boothman (34), S Wogan for Byrne (BC, 36), C Mac Gearailt for Murray (46), C Ryan for Lane (55).
Ref – D Gough (Meath)