Whelan strike secures historic clean sweep for UCD
IRISH UNIVERSITIES CROWLEY CUP FINAL
Michael Whelan was UCD's goalscoring hero after finishing with a flourish on 28 minutes after cutting through the UCC defence to claim the spoils at DCU Sportsground, Glasnevin.
Cork goalkeeper Mike O'Reilly was forced into a brilliant save to deny Philip Byrne and Whelan as the Belfield boys went in search of a second before the break.
But after weathering the storm, UCC had a couple of second-half chances to get back on level terms only for Conor McGroarty in the opposite goal to deny Mark Irwin, Niall Hennebry and substitute Dan Walsh.
The victory gives UCD a historic clean sweep of Colleges and Universities trophies for the season, having already captured the Collingwood and Harding Cups plus the Premier League title.
UCD -- C McGroarty, D Gahan, P Curtin, C O'Brochlain, J Rogers, M Gallagher (C McEvoy 75), M Whelan, G O'Toole, P Byrne, J Lehane (R Lynagh 66), B O'Brochlain (D Kennedy 83).
UCC -- M O'Reilly, N Hennebry, D Kilcummins, P Nodwell, R Hobbs, M O'Brien, A Murphy, R Barrett (J Wade 81), T O'Sullivan (P O'Neill 55), P O'Keeffe (D Walsh ht), M Irwin.
REF -- T McGuinness (Dublin).