Geaney and Collins shine as UCC breeze past Limerick
UCC 1-19 Limerick 0-10
PAUL GEANEY and Mark Collins tormented Maurice Horan's new-look Limerick in a decidely one-sided quarter-final contest at Rathkeale as reigning Cork SFC champions UCC swept to a deserved victory.
It was fitting that the pair combined to grab the only goal ten minutes from the interval.
Geaney weaved past a couple of defenders to create the chance for Collins who blasted past Brian Scanlon. That goal made it 1-3 to 0-4 and was a major blow to the Shannonsiders who a minute earlier had sneaked into a lead.
That was as good as it got for Limerick as UCC went on to lead 1-5 to 0-5 at the interval and the Sigerson Cup holders totally dominated the second half, scoring 14 points to Limerick's five.
Newcomer to the Limerick scene, Graham O'Connell, who previously played in Kerry, was one of a number of debutants for the Shannonsiders. While the Tralee native did manage to score a point, he -- like many of his new team-mates -- did not impress against the Munster club finalists, who picked off some fine scores from play in the second half.
Indeed, all but one point of the big UCC total came from play such was their dominance.
SCORERS -- UCC: M Collins 1-3 (1f), P Geaney 0-4, M Reen 0-3, B Coughlan, B O'Driscoll, D Nation 0-2 each, K O'Driscoll, J O'Sullivan, A Greaney, 0-1 each; Limerick: M Quilligan 0-4 (3f), G Collins 0-4 (1f), J Riordan, G O'Connell 0-1 each.
UCC -- D Farry; J O'Sullivan, E O'Mahony, S Enright; P Crowley, N Daly, B Daly; K O'Driscoll, D Nation; M Reen, M Collins, JB Spillane; B O'Driscoll, B Coughlan, P Geaney. Subs: A Greaney for Crowley (55), L Jennings for Spillane (62), D O'Sullivan for Collins (65).
LIMERICK -- B Scanlon; M McCormack, J McCarthy, L O'Dwyer; E Barry, J Riordan, P Ranahan; E Joy, P Kinnerk; D Treacy, M Quilligan, P Maloney; G Collins, G O'Connell, D Kelly. Subs: S Buckley for Kinnerk (28), C Coady for McCormack (40), J Cooke for Kelly (43), J O'Meara for Maloney (45), S Nix for Buckley (60).
REF -- D O'Mahony (Tipperary).