Casey keeps his cool to secure double for UCC
A LATE scoring burst helped UCC claim their 10th title at Pairc Uí Chaoimh yesterday.
Having led by four points at half-time, the students looked to have lost momentum as Castlehaven drew level with five minutes left, but a Daithi Casey penalty, followed by two points from Gavan O'Grady, completed a county title and Sigerson Cup double for the college.
While Alan Cahalane's 11th-minute point put the Haven into a 0-2 to 0-1 lead, it was the only time they were in front in the first half, Johnny Buckley levelling with a fine score before Stephen O'Brien set up Kerry senior Paul Geaney.
UCC then pushed two clear as first Mike Griffin and then Casey with a free found the posts before Mark Collins again reduced the margin with a lovely free .
The final three scores of the first half all came from the college side, however. Casey then put five between the sides within two minutes of the restart and while Bernie Collins and Mark Collins responded, Kiely's second left the score at 0-10 to 0-6 seven minutes into the second half.
Mark Collins' free on 40 was followed by an excellent Seanie Cahalane point seven minutes later to narrow the margin to two points, but on the whole UCC's defence was solid as Castlehaven were denied a direct route to goal.
'Haven sub David Burns then scored before Collins stroked a free over from outside the '45' with five minutes of normal time left.
Parity would not last long, though, as captain and Man of the Match Sean Kiely made a great run, finding sub James O'Sullivan, who then played in Geaney for a goal chance. His progress was illegally halted by 'Haven captain and full-back Liam Collins and Casey made no mistake with the vital penalty.
Scorers -- UCC: D Casey 1-4 (1-0 pen, 0-4f), S Kiely, G O'Grady (1f) 0-2 each, N Daly, J Buckley, M Griffin, P Geaney 0-1 each. Castlehaven: M Collins 0-5 (3f), C Hayes, D Burns, A Cahalane, S Cahalane, B Collins 0-1 each.
UCC -- S Mellett (Cork); P Crowley (Kerry), M Hickey (Cork), M Galvin (Kerry); T Clancy (Cork), N Daly (Roscommon), S Kiely (Cork); J Buckley (Kerry), W Kennedy (Cork); JB Spillane (Kerry), S Beston (Cork), M Griffin (Kerry); P Geaney (Kerry), D Casey (Kerry), S O'Brien (Kerry). Subs: J O'Sullivan (Kerry) for Griffin (42), B Coughlan (Cork) for Beston (44), G O'Grady (Kerry) for O'Brien (55), A Greaney (Kerry) for Kennedy (blood, 59-60).
CASTLEHAVEN -- P Hurley; D Limrick, L Collins, T O'Leary; C Hayes, D Cahalane, M Cahalane; D Hurley, S Dineen; A Cahalane, M Collins, R Whelton; B Collins, S Cahalane, B Hurley.
Subs: D Burns for Whelton (h-t), S Hurley for A Cahalane (49).
Ref -- J Dorgan (Nemo Rangers).