UCC Hat-trick Award winners at Southside Awards
UCC Sports clubs at the forefront of monthly awards over past few weeks. The February 2019 winners of the very successful Southside & District Sports Award are the Hat Trick winning UCC Teams, the UCC Soccer Team which won the Collingwood Cup, UCC Hurling Team which won the Fitzgibbon Cup and UCC Gaelic Football Team who won the Sigerson Cup.
The Awards are sponsored by the Cork International Hotel (Main Sponsors) in association with Awards Sponsor Gerald McCarthy and Media Partners RedFM. The awards scheme is now in its eleventh year and going from strength to strength.
UCC Gaelic Football Team – Sigerson Cup Winners
After beating DCU in the Ryan Cup League Final for the second year in a row, UCC faced Athlone IT in the Sigerson Cup 1st Round. Goals from Gary Murphy and Seán O’Shea helped to a comparable victory. Carlow IT were easily beaten in the next round before a 3 point win got UCC over NUIG in the Sigerson semi- final played in Mallow.
St Mary’s Belfast were opposition in the final and after a tough game UCC emerged with a win by 4points. Seán O’Shea was Man of the Match and top scorer in the campaign whilst Cian Kiely from Ballincollig was team Captain.
UCC Hurling Team – Fitzgibbon Cup Winners
In the Fitzgibbon Cup, UCC had lost League Final to DCU and had a tough group for the championship in NUIG, UCD and UL. The Cork side beat all three giving them a home Quarter final beating Carlow IT and a last gasp penalty in the semi-final by Chris O’Leary gave UCC a win over DCU.
MICL were beaten in the final with Mark Kehoe getting Man of the Match. Top scorer for the campaign was Shane Conway from Lixnaw and David Lowney from Clonakilty with Eoghan Murphy Sarsfields and Conor Browne James Stephens as vice captains.
RUSTLERS Collingwood Cup
University College Cork are the 2019 RUSTLERS Collingwood Cup champions after a late comeback saw them defeat the University of Limerick 2-1 after extra-time in Markets Field.
Player of the Tournament Robert Slevin headed home the winning goal in the second minute of extra-time to dash the hopes of a Limerick side who were minutes away from lifting their first ever Collingwood in their home county.
In a chance-filled first period, UL took the lead when a long throw-in fell to Alan Murphy and he drilled the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
Chances were at a premium in the second half and it looked like there was no way back for the Cork side when Patrick Crowley’s cross four minutes from time was flicked in at the near post by the on-rushing Simon Falvey to force extra-time.
Extra-time ensued and UCC took little time to put themselves in the lead when Slevin met Garan Manley’s corner and the ball flew into the corner.
UL tried to rally but the toll of three days of games began to show in the final few moments and UCC would lift their 14th Cup.
There was no time for too much celebration as UCC played in the Colleges University Football League (CUFL) semi Final away to IT Carlow on the Wednesday after Collingwood cup and narrowly lost in AET. UCC had got to the last two finals of this tournament previously
Photo: Back L-R Cian Kiely (Sigerson), Rob Slevin (Collingwood), Chris O’Leary (Fitzgibbon); Front L-R Christine O’Donovan (UCC Sport – Deputy Director), Duncan McAlpin