Lehane helps UCC kick-start three-in-a-row bid in style
UCC 0-14 Waterford IT 0-9
DEFENDING champions UCC got their quest for three-in-a-row off to a winning start in difficult conditions at the Mardyke.
Having led by 0-7 to 0-6 at half-time, UCC reeled off four unanswered points at the start of the second half to open up a sizeable lead and good defending ensured that their opponents were never going to overhaul them.
Cork senior player Conor Lehane finished with seven points, including the game's first four, but the excellent Jake Dillon did his level best to keep Waterford in touch.
Some nice points from him and frees from their wing-forward, Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy, helped them to draw level at 0-6 each with just five minutes remaining to half-time.
UCC midfielder Brian Murray, another who impressed, then put the hosts ahead and, upon the restart, Robert O'Shea, Willie Griffin, Lehane and Cormac Murphy eased them five-points clear.
After that, Murphy, Paudie Prendergast and deep-lying attacker Jamie Barron all ensured that WIT couldn't gain an attacking foothold in the contest.
Dillon and Eoin Murphy tried once more to instigate a revival, but three points was the closest they came and UCC sub Alan Cadogan had the final say.
Scorers – UCC: C Lehane 0-7 (6fs), B Murray 0-2, C Murphy, R O'Shea, W Griffin, J Barry, A Cadogan 0-1 each.WIT: E Murphy 0-5fs, J Dillon 0-3, G O'Brien 0-1.
UCC – D McCarthy; S Maher, D Glynn, P O'Sullivan; J Barry, P Prendergast, C Murphy; B Murray, D Roche; B Lawton, D McCormack, R O'Shea; W Griffin, C Lehane, J Barron. Subs: A Cadogan for Lawton (42), C Spillane for Griffin (53), T Butler for McCormack (59).
WIT – S O'Keeffe; G Teehan, P Gahan, J Maher; T Hamill, J O'Dwyer, S Murphy; C Kenny, S Roche; P Mahony, H Kehoe, E Murphy; L McGrath, J Dillon, G O'Brien. Subs: J Langton for Kenny (39), J Hayes for Roche (42), M Power for S Murphy (55).
REF – A Kelly (Galway).