UCC Sports round up

UCC Sport saw a remarkable week of results with many of the team sports coming up trumps with results.

Starting off with GAA, both the senior footballers and senior hurlers demonstrated their intent for their respective competitions.   Last week, the footballers took to the historic Mardyke GAA pitch to talk on Athlone IT in their opening Sigerson Cup fixture.   UCC stormed to a 1-08 lead within the first fifteen minutes before Athlone got off the mark.   UCC continued to dominate in attack and with Kevin Spillane and Evan Courtney a constant thorn in the midlands side.

UCC’s midfield, bossed proceedings from start to finish, even when Athlone got goals against the run of play, UCC just stepped it up another gear.  Padraig Clifford, Cian Kiely and Padraig Lucey continued to dominate with their quick movement on and off the ball.

UCC maximised the use of their bench and it standards didn’t drop as those that came on were hungry to show their worth and stake their claim for future starting places.  UCC march into the Quarter finals where they’ll meet the winners of UL v IT Carlow/Cork IT.

In hurling, UCC got off to the best possible start with a 6point win over 2018 Champions UL in Limerick at the weekend.  It was a very closer first half with UCC leading 0-11 to 0-09 at the interval, with the sides level five times during that first half.  This close encounter continued into the second half, UL took the lead after a few minutes but this only spurred UCC into action.  Heading into the final fifteen minutes, it was UCC who stormed ahead, sub Robbie O’Flynn hitting three points without reply from UL.

Over to Rugby, UCC headed to Garryowen determined to get off to a positive start in 2019.  Early pressure from UCC saw them take an early lead.  An early penalty was followed by a Ryan Murphy try, converted by James Taylor.  Garryowen bounced back to head into a 12-10 lead, but it was UCC that took the lead 12-13 heading into the interval.

Into the second half and both sides swapped points taking over the lead from one other.  It was Taylor’s day as he added to tally for the day to calmly drive home the decisive penalty in the closing minutes.

Switching to soccer and UCC men’s team traveled to Dublin for their Intermediate Cup clash with Newtown Rangers.  Late in the first half UCC Rob Slevin opened the scoring for UCC, only for Alan Greenalgh to equalise just before half time.

Within minutes of the restart, UCC took the lead once again thanks to Matt McKevitt’s goal.  However, the lead was short lived as Brian Malee converted a spot kick five minutes later.  As UCC pressed hard for the winner, their reward came in the 89th minute when once again McKevitt popped up to scored what proved to be the winner.   UCC now await the draw to see who they’ll face off against in the quarter finals.