UCC narrowly lose out in Hockey’s Munster Senior Cup Final
On Saturday 23rd, UCC faced the unbeaten Catholic Institute in the division 1 Munster Senior Hockey Cup Final at Garryduff Sports Grounds. In an end to end game UCC were just edged out by Catholic Institutes first half performance. The first 10 minutes were full of chances for both sides including a very good chance from a short corner for UCC which was unfortunately saved. Catholic Institute’s Laura Foley scored the first goal of the game after 12 minutes and the side scored scored again second at 26 minutes when Kym Daly tapped the ball into the net. UCC were awarded a penalty stroke after Aoife Collins found a foot on the goal line. The shot, also taken by Aoife Collins, hit the top right corner of the post and missed. On the half time whistle Catholic Institute won a short corner which was flicked into the goal by Roisin Upton, giving a score of 3-0 going into the break.
The second half started very well for college with Christina Dring hitting the ball from the top of the circle to score a fabulous goal. Christine is a dual player with UCC Ladies Soccer and was just back from Belfast where the soccer side won the Kelly Cup. This half of the game was full of end to end gameplay with many short corners going unconverted and a few cards were given as tensions rose. Catholic Institute were disappointed to have a goal disallowed in the 43rd minute. The ball had hit a foot beforehand and after consultation between umpires Peter Greer and Laura Hogan, a free out was awarded to UCC which they conceded. In the 69th minute, UCCs Saoirse O’Leary scored a second goal for the college from a short corner.
UCC Ladies Firsts are currently second in the Munster Division 1 League after Saturday’s game against Ashton which saw them win 2-1. Their final game of the league will see them face Catholic Institute again on April 13th. UCC are hoping to win their remaining match to retain their second place on the league tables. They also play in the EY Hockey League Division 2 and are currently in fourth place in their pool. Their last game in the EYHL 2 is due to take place on the 6th of April against Corinthians at St. Columbus College. A win will see them finish 3rd in the pool.