UCC Overcome Kerry In Waterford Crystal Cup

UCC 2-23 Kerry 2-14

Irish Examiner Report

Despite a couple of scares along the way, a classier UCC outfit proved too strong for a youthful Kerry side in heavy and poor weather conditions at Austin Stack Park, Tralee on Saturday.

 Kerry had only returned to collective training so UCC — just 12 days away from their Fitzgibbon Cup opener — were always going to strip fitter and with superior stick work, by players from elite counties. Kerry, without their five Ardfert players, were never going to cause an upset.

 But Kingdom boss Eamon Kelly will be happy with Clare import Patrick Kelly, who looks a good addition to the squad as they showed great spirit and endeavour to lead 0-6 to 0-3 after 25 minutes. It might have been interesting if Shane Nolan had converted his one-on-one penalty a minute later, but it was brilliantly saved by a diving David O’Gorman.

 This appeared to act as a wake up call to the students, as they fired over nine points without reply in as many minutes, with Alan Cadogan, Rob O’Shea and Barry Lawton doing most of the damage, giving College at 0-12 to 0-6 lead at half-time.

 When sub Eoghan Finn extended the students lead to seven on the resumption, it looked like a blowout for the Kingdom, but the introduction of Colm Harty added pace to their attack, and two quick goals from Podge Boyle and Adrian Royle and a Nolan free had the sides tied at 0-13 to 2-7.

 However class won out as UCC upped the tempo and a succession of points from Cadogan (3), Finn (3), Barry Lawton (4), with goals from Shane O’Keeffe and Brian Hartnett sealed a deserved win. UCC will now face Limerick in the semis.

Scorers for UCC: A Cadogan (0-6), B Lawton (0-6, three frees), R O Shea (0-4, two frees), E Finn (0-4), S O’Keeffe and B Hartnett (1-0 each), K Burke (0-2), M Breen (0-1)

Kerry: S Nolan (0-8, six frees), A Royle (1-1), P Boyle (1-0), M O’Leary (0-3), and C Harty (0-2)

UCC: D O’Gorman (St Finbarr’s); D Lester (Bishopstown), D Glynn (Kilkenny), M Breen (Ballina); K Burke (Midleton), P Prendergast (Waterford), S Roche (Shamrocks); D Roche (Sarsfields), R O’Shea (Carrigaline); B Lawton (Castlemartyr) , B Hartnett (Midleton), M Collins (Ballinhassig); T Devine (Waterford), DJ Foran (Waterford), A Cadogan (Douglas).

Subs: E Finn (St Finbarr’s) for M Collins (28); S O’Keeffe (Blackrock) for S Roche (56); D Geary (Fermoy) for D J Foran (60); R Cahalane (Ballymartle) for R O’Shea (67); M O’Brien (Waterford) for B Hartnett (67)

KERRY: S Murphy (Causeway); D Fitzell (Kilmoyley), A Fealy (Causeway), B Murphy (Causeway); P Costelloe (Ballyduff), P Kelly (Clare), S Weir (Crotta); J Griffin (Lixnaw), T Casey (Causeway); B O’Leary (Abbeydorney), M Boyle (Ballyduff), A Royle (Kilmoyley); S Nolan (Crotta), M O’Leary (Abbeydorney), P Boyle (Ballyduff).

Subs: C Harty (Causeway) for T Casey (h/t); K Carmody (Causeway) for B O’Leary (47); P McGrath (Causeway) for M Boyle (54); P Lucid (Ballyheigue) for P Kelly (58); T Casey (Causeway) for J Griffin (66).

Referee: J Mullins (Limerick).