UCC will hope to capture the All Ireland Fresher A Football Championship Title tomorrow Tuesday when they take on UCD in the final at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise at 3pm.
While UCC have been in impressive form to date, they will most certainly face a difficult task against the Dublin outfit.
UCD have qualified for the final with three excellent wins over Queen’s University, Belfast, DCU and Maynooth University.
In the opening round, UCC defeated Queen’s 2-14 to 1-7 in Ballykelly. While UCC ran out comfortable victors in the end it was a difficult encounter with Queen’s taking the lead shortly into the second half. However, a strong second half performance including two goals into the closing stages powered UCC through to a quarter final meeting with DCU.
UCC travelled to Dublin for that quarter final clash and came away with a superb 2-08 to 1-08 victory. Trailing 0-5 to no score late in the first half, UCC showed their tremendous character once more. Two goals late in the half proved critical and while DCU levelled in the second half, UCC pushed on and held out for a three point victory.
UCC progressed to the final with a comfortable 1-20 to 0-11 win over Maynooth University at WIT Sports Grounds last Thursday. While dominating from start to finish, UCC led by just three at the break, 0-7 to 0-4 but proved far too strong in the second period with a fine display.
Meanwhile, UCD advanced to this stage with an easy 5-14 to 0-4 quarter final victory over DIT before narrowly overcoming St.Mary’s, Belfast 1-14 to 1-12 in a close semi final. UCD, are also current league champions following their final defeat DCU before Christmas.
The sides met in the league already with UCD coming out on top by three points.
With two excellent teams on show, it is likely to be another close encounter in what will be an intriguing clash.
We would like to wish best of luck to both players and management who have put in the hard work throughout the year and hopefully they will be victorious tomorrow.
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