Moylan sets early tone as rampant UCC prevail
Three goals in the opening 21 minutes paved the way for UCC to get their ambitions back on track at a bitterly cold Ardrahan in Galway yesterday.
The Cork college bounced back from their heavy 14-point opening-round loss to Limerick IT to dish out a hammering to a Galway side without a number of key players through injury and suspension.
Corner-forward Stephen Moylan (below) set UCC on their way with a fourth-minute goal and when Shane Burke and Rob White also found the net, there was no way back for GMIT.
UCC led by 3-9 to 0-6 at the break and while Ronan Madden lashed a 21-yard free into the roof of the net seven minutes after the restart, GMIT struggled to narrow the gap.
UCC picked off points at will during the second half and drafted in five subs to give them extra options ahead of their next game, a crucial encounter against Waterford IT.
Even with promising Clare star Darach Honan being held to a point by tigerish full-back Kieran Flannery, the UCC attack still had too much firepower for GMIT with all six starting attackers finding the range.
SCORERS -- UCC: S Moylan 1-6, (6f), R White 1-2, S Burke 1-1, J Holbert 0-3 (2f), G Mulcahy 0-2, B O'Sullivan, J Jordan, M Grace, D Honan, L O'Farrell 0-1 each. GMIT: R Madden 1-6 (all fs), J Gelston (1 sideline), C Egan, D Burke, D Fitzell 0-1 each.
UCC -- M Collins; C O'Driscoll, R Foley, C O'Sullivan; J Jordan, K Harnett, A Quilligan; B O'Sullivan, M Wilkinson; S Burke, M Grace, R White; S Moylan, D Honan, G Mulcahy. Subs: J Holbert for White, 42 mins; S Cotter for Jordan, L O'Farrell for Moylan, W Carney for Burke, P Barry for B O'Sullivan, all 50 mins.
GMIT -- A Ryan; S Hynes, K Flannery, G O'Halloran; L Halpin, D Maher, N Rogers; T Flannery, J Gelston; A O'Shaughnessy, C Egan, D Burke; E Feeney, R Madden, L Hands. Subs: D Fitzell for Hynes 21 mins; T Martin for Halpin 37 mins; T Sheehan for Rogers J Liddy for Hands, both 50 mins; B Quinn for D Burke, 51 mins.
Ref -- C Browne (Galway).