Hotshot Conor Cox leads UCC cruise to easy victory
UCC 0-18 IT Tralee 0-6 (McGrath Cup semi-final)
Sigerson Cup champions UCC proved far too strong for never-say-die hosts IT Tralee and now face the winners of Cork-Waterford in the final.
UCC’s all Kerry full-forward line of Thomas Hickey, Conor Cox and Paul Geaney did most damage, kicking some excellent points.
IT Tralee only scored one point from play in the entire game – that came from centre-forward Conor Keane in the 63rd minute – with the rest of their tally coming from frees by Jack Savage.
UCC, thanks to their midfield dominance, raced 0-10 to 0-2 clear at half-time, with Cox, Luke Connolly, Sean Kiely and Brian O’Driscoll all bagging two points.
Two early second-half Cox points secured the game for Billy Morgan’s men.
Though IT Tralee had spirited performers in Peter Nash, Cillian Cromwell and Cian Horan, UCC were just too good and coasted to a facile victory.
Scorers – UCC: C Cox 0-6 (1f), T Hickey 0-3 (1f), B O Driscoll, P Geaney, S Kiely 0-2 each, G O’Sullivan, L Connolly, D Harrington 0-1 each. IT Tralee:
J Savage 0-5fs), C Keane 0-1.
UCC – M Martin; P O’Connor, D Culhane; J McGuire; C Dorman, B O Driscoll, T Clancy; I Maguire, G O’Sullivan; S Kiely; L Connolly; A O Donovan T Hickey, C Cox P Geaney. Subs: E O Conchuir for A O Donovan (40), D Harrington for T Hickey (42), R Murphy for B O Driscoll (55), S Keane for I Maguire (55), A Spillane for P Geaney (60), K O’Sullivan for C Dorman (62)
IT Tralee – S Kenny, M Egan , G Crowley, J Lyne, C O’Connell, C Horan, C Cromwell ( Monaghan); A Duggan , G Bastible , P O Shea, C Keane, P Quille ; G O’Shea , P Nash, J Savage. Subs: A Moriarty for P Quille, C O Brien (Clare) for C O Connell, J Brennan (Sligo for P O Shea (65) S Flynn for P Nash (65)
Ref – R Moloney (Limerick)