UCC in Division 1B next season after dramatic win away to Blackrock

UCC will play in Division 1B next season, following their promotion win over Blackrock College at Stradbrook on Saturday (28-30).

The College found themselves 7-3 down early on but rallied to lead 14-7 at the break. In a nail-biting second half UCC were two points clear heading for full time when Blackrock won a 35m penalty. Rock scrum-half Jack O’Carroll’s kick rebounded off the post which signaled scenes of great celebrations for the students who can now concentrate on finishing their exams.

Well done to players, coaching staff and all the club volunteers for a great season.

Scorers for Blackrock College: S Cooke 2 tries, M Russell, D Rowan try each, J O’Carroll 4 cons.
Scorers for UCC: P Kiernan, K Slater, C Barry try each, K O’Keeffe 3 pens, 3 cons.

BLACKROCK COLLEGE: D Scott-Lennon; D Moore, HG Tracey, S Coughlan, D Rowan; P Quirke, J O’Carroll; M Russell, C Kilcoyne, J Harrison; C Duff, J Scott-Lennon; P McCague, S Cooke, G Fenn.
Replacements: G Collins for Harrison (26-33), J Burke for Duff (44), JS Byrne for Coughlan (45), T Cooke for Kilcoyne (50), L Hickey for J Scott-Lennon (60), E Fanning for D Scott-Lennon, Coughlan for Tracey (both 64), Collins for Russell (69), Kilcoyne for Collins (82).

UCC: C McAuliffe; K O’Keeffe, K Slater, P Kiernan, J Kiernan; T Clifford, C O’Regan; C Slowey, B Burns, R O’Donovan; B Mitchel, B O’Byrne; C Barry, C Gallagher, E Earl.
Replacements: L Murray for Slater (40), R Moran for Barry (48-50), S O’Hanlon for Burns, Moran for Gallagher (both 67).

Referee: M Patton (IRFU).