Murphy burst provides the platform for UCC fightback
DESPITE being five points down with five minutes of normal time remaining, UCC advanced to the final of the Waterford Crystal Cup at Buttevant after extra-time on Saturday.
Trailing by 2-9 to 0-10 with 55 minutes on the clock, points by Robert White and an Eoghan Murphy free cut the gap before Murphy found the net with a fine shot from a narrow angle.
Indeed, a long-range free by Murphy briefly put UCC back in the lead, before UL's Andrew Quinn forced extra-time.
There was only one team in the game in the additional 20 minutes, however, as goals in the first period from Murphy and Darach Honan gave the Cork college a 3-16 to 2-12 half-time cushion, before Honan's second goal wrapped things up at the death.
In the first half UCC were in control until Michael Gleeson's first goal, in the 25th minute, levelled matters at 0-5 to 1-2, and by half-time both sides had added a point each.
Despite UCC taking the initiative again at the start of the second half, UL fought back and Gleeson struck again in the 47th minute to open up a three-point lead.
That advantage was then added to by points from Seamus Hickey and David Burke, before UCC's late heroics to force extra-time and eventually earn their place in the final.
Scorers -- UCC: E Murphy 2-8, D Horan 2-1, J Halbert 0-4, R White, M Wilkinson, P Barry 0-1 each.UL: D Burke 0-6 (0-3 65, 0-2f), M Gleeson 2-0, A Quinn 0-2 (0-1f), M Heffernan, M Ruth, R O'Dwyer, N Ó Murchú, S Hickey B Carroll (0-1f) 0-1 each.
UCC: M Collins; D Kearney, S Corry, W Kearney; J Jordan, K Hartnett, É Martin; M Wilkinson, M Cahill; J Halbert, M Grace, T Óg Murphy; D Honan, E Murphy, R Spillane. Subs: R White for Spillane (h-t), P Barry for Grace (h-t), R Foley for Corry (39), B O'Sullivan for Wilkinson (43), S Moylan for T Óg Murphy (47), S Burke for Barry (60), C O'Sullivan for W Kearney (60), C O'Driscoll for D Kearney (60), A Qulligan for Jordan (60), S Farrell for Cahill (60), L Sexton for Halbert (74), S O'Sullivan for E Murphy (76).
UL -- J Dempsey; P Stapleton, C Fogarty, M Verney; M Walsh, J Devane, D Hayden; S Hickey, B Carroll; N Ó Murchú, R O'Dwyer, T Connors; S Dooley, M Ruth, M Gleeson. Subs: M Whelan for Walsh (h-t), L Ryan for Hayden (h-t), D Burke for Carroll (h-t), M Heffernan for Dooley (41), A Quinn for Devane (52), P Murphy for Gleeson (60), J Brennan for Ruth (60), P Murphy for O'Dwyer (75).
Ref -- S McMahon (Clare).