Gaelic Footballers league success
UCC Gaelic Football has a rich tradition in third level competitions. While Sigerson Cup is the premier Championship focus, among Colleges, IT’s and Universities, good league form can be a catalyst for Sigerson success.
UCC Footballers have gone from strength to strength throughout the league campaign. An opening fixture against IT Tralee resulted in a share of the spoils as they played out a 14-point draw. Next up was a visit from University of Limerick, and it was UCC who came up trumps with a two-point victory 2-14 to 2-12. In round 3, it was a short trip out to Bishopstown to neighbours Cork Institute of Technology and UCC made light work of it with a 10-point victory, 1-18 to 1-08.
Unbeaten in the league so far, UCC footballers marched into a quarter final clash with last year’s Sigerson Cup winners, University College Dublin. A close contest from start to finish. While UCD were quickest off the mark and lead by 6points at one point. However, the never say die attitude of the Leesiders pulled the game back and it was a late goal from Gary Murphy of Castletownbere, that was the difference between the two, 3-13 to 2-13. UCC impressively marched on to the semi’s.
University Ulster awaited UCC in the semi-final, after they overcome last year’s Sigerson finalists NUI Galway. Once again, UCC stepped up to the mark and despite being five points down UCC were comfortable winners in the end with a 2-15 to 1-11 victory.
Into the final, for a second consecutive year and a trip up to Moyne-Templetouhy to go head to head with Dublin City University, who defeated Maynooth University in their semi-final. Even game in the first half with the College having a slight one-point advantage at the interval. DCU were quickest off the mark early in the second half and stormed into a 5point lead. However, once again College showed great resilience, a goal from Gary Murphy brought the game back to 2point game. Late on UCC equalised and took the lead with points from Killian Spillane and Padraig Clifford.
Captain Michael Flood, “it’s a great honour to captain UCC to win the league for a second year in a row. A special thanks to Billy Morgan and his management team. The panel are now looking forward to the Sigerson in the New Year.”
In other GAA news, two exciting fixtures this week, as the Fresher A Hurlers take on University of Limerick in Killdorrery at 7.30pm and the Senior Hurlers take on DCU in Waterford IT at 7pm.
A big game for UCC Camogie in the Ashbourne Cup clash against Waterford IT in the Mardyke Sports Grounds on Tuesday 4th at 7.30pm
UCC Senior Football Results – League Cup Winners
V DCU 1-12 to 1-11 FINAL
V UUJ 2-15 to 1-11 SEMI
V UCD 3-13 to 2-13 QTR
V CIT 1-18 to 1-08
V UL 2-14 to 2-12
V IT Tralee 0-14 to 0-14
UCC GAA Fixtures:
Fresher A Hurling v UL – Wed 28th Nov in Killdorrery at 7.30pm
Senior Hurling v DCU – Wed 28th Nov in Waterford IT at 7pm
Camogie v WIT – Tues 4th Dec in Mardyke Sports Grounds