Bourke haul inspires UCC comeback
UCC 1-23 UCD 2-13
HOSTS UCC will be involved in the finals weekend after they finished strongly to see off UCD at Cork's Mardyke yesterday afternoon.
Inspired by Tipperary star Shane Bourke, UCC outscored UCD by 1-10 to 0-3 in the final 27 minutes as their half-back line got on top.
The visitors led by 2-8 to 0-13 after a fine first half, the first goal from Walter Walsh coming in the 17th minute when he rounded off a good move to put his side 1-6 to 0-7 ahead and then, after Bourke and Seamus Harnedy had put UCC back in front, Liam Rushe struck just before half-time.
Points from Noel McGrath and Conor Allis pushed UCD further clear early in the second half, but UCC took over after that, with Cork senior William Egan outstanding at left half-back. An excellent finish from a tight angle in the 49th minute by Bourke was the key to UCC taking victory.
Scorers -- UCC: S Bourke 1-6, Padraic Mahony 0-7 (5f, 1 '65), W Griffin 0-3 (2f), B O'Sullivan, S Harnedy 0-2 each, S Moylan, D McCormack, D Brosnan 0-1 each. UCD: N McGrath 0-5 (5f), W Walsh 1-2, L Rushe 1-1, C Allis, D Plunkett, G Sinnott, C Kenny, J Gilligan 0-1 each.
UCC -- D McCarthy; S Maher, J O'Callaghan, K Murphy; J Barry, D Fives, W Egan; Philip Mahoney, B Murray; S Harnedy, D McCormack, Padraic Mahony; S Moylan, S Burke, W Griffin. Subs: D Brosnan for McCormack (39), B Hartnett for Griffin (57), S Corry for Murray (60).
UCD -- J Ryan; D Nash, M O'Halloran, O Gough; J Lyng, C Allis, S Norton; J Gannon, N McGrath; J Gilligan, D Fox, G Sinnott; W Walsh, L Rushe, D Plunkett. Subs: K O'Loughlin for Plunkett (41), D O'Sullivan for Gannon (50), C Kenny for Gilligan (56).
Ref -- A Kelly (Galway).