Sunday 22 October 2017

O'Callaghan sends dominant UCC on way to glory

Trinity College Dublin 1 University College Cork 3

UCC captured the Collingwood Cup for the second time in five years and their 12th victory overall with a comfortable triumph.
UCC captured the Collingwood Cup for the second time in five years and their 12th victory overall with a comfortable triumph.

UCC captured the Collingwood Cup for the second time in five years and their 12th victory overall with a comfortable triumph.

The final proved to be a game too much for the Trinity boys who were playing their fourth tie in four days in the testing conditions that prevailed in Galway since last Monday - UCC, with the help of a first-round bye, had a game fewer to play.

Calvin O'Callaghan had UCC in front after 20 minutes when he beat Trinity keeper David Minihane with a low effort after Daniel Pender had knocked the ball into the UCC striker's path.

It was the first goal that Cork native Minihan, who celebrated his 21st birthday during the week, had conceded in his four starts.

The impressive UCC always looked the much stronger side and when Pender added a second early after the break with a neat finish from a tight angle, there seemed no way back for fast-tiring Trinity outfit.

Rufus Holmes went on to seal the Cork win two minutes from the finish heading home a cross, shortly after replacing Brian Murphy.

Trinity did get a consolation Ciaran McGahon goal from the penalty spot in time added on and Minihan received a nice birthday present after been named Player of the Tournament.

Trinity College Dublin - D Minihan; C Medlar (G Walsh 83), C Moran, C O'Neill, D Vogel (E Vaughan 46); B O'Reilly (M Collins 46), C McGahon, L Ware (J McDonagh 46), D O'Donoghue, A Ben Mohammed; A Hughes.

UCC - C Bornemann; A Gannon (P O'Riordan 89), C Hill, S O'Mahony, C Murphy (I Mylod 89): S O'Callaghan (C Lordan 46), D Pender , J Abbott, B Murphy (R Holmes 87), J Abbott, C Barry (M Murphy 89); C O'Callaghan.

Ref - M Lynch (Galway).

Irish Independent

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