Intermediate Hurling Victory for UCC.
UCC Intermediate hurlers had an impressive victory in the All- Ireland Third Level Colleges final last night when they defeated IT Carlow in the final. Played in Fraher Field in Dungarvan, UCC opened in style as a succession of point scoring by Jamie Nagle, Cian Spriggs and a fine Brendan Phelan goal helped College in to a 1.08 to 0.02 lead at half time. Aided by strong play from Alan Gould, who converted some excellent long range points from frees, UCC never let the Carlow team back in to the game in the second half.
Some outstanding defensive play by Diarmuid Lester and Shane Hegarty thwarted the IT Carlow attack and the contribution of Barry O’Sullivan and Frank Melody ensured that College always held the upper hand. Coach Martin ‘Gatchy’ Walsh was very satisfied at the final whistle as his team showed a high variety of skill to capture the title.
Afterwards the cup was presented to the winning captain and team goalkeeper, PJ Hall by Michael Hyland of Comhairle ArdOideachais.
PJ Hall (Adare), Shane Hegarthy (Dungourney), Diarmuid Lester (Bishopstown), Alan Bell (Na Piarsaigh, Cork), Kieran Morrison (Fermoy), Alan Gould, Rickard Cahalane ( Ballymartle), Daniel Nyhan (Ballinascarthy), Niall Motherway (Dungourney), John Morrissey(Ballyhea), Jamie Nagle(Midleton), Brendan Phelan(Ballinameela), Frank Melody (Sixmilebridge), Cian Spriggs(Cobh), Barry O’Sullivan (Ballygunnar, David Walsh(Ballygunnar), Cathal Murphy(Eire Og , Cork), Stephen Higgins (Na Piarsaigh, Cork), Philip Kelleher(St Finbarrs), Philip Lucid ( Abbeydorney), Mark O’Brien (Ferrybank), Kevin O’Keeffe(Blackrock, Cork)
Report by Muiris de Paor, PRO UCC Intermediate Hurling Team