Friday 23 February 2018

O'Callaghan finds range to inspire UCD fightback

UCD 0-10
CIT 0-8

SIX unanswered points in the final 20 minutes saw UCD take victory in the opening round clash at a wet CIT yesterday.

Trailing by 0-8 to 0-4 after CIT had extended their half-time lead of 0-5 to 0-2, UCD began to limit the home side's chances and found their range at the other end, with Dublin star David O'Callaghan hitting form.

CIT will wonder how they managed to let such a turnaround take place, but overall they were outplayed, with Cork senior player Patrick Horgan restricted to just three points from play.

CIT were the better team in the first half, however, with points from Tony Murphy and a Horgan free giving the hosts a three-point interval lead.

When play resumed, Horgan twice answered points by O'Callaghan and Maurice Nolan, and when Adrian Mannix sent over a good score on 39 minutes, CIT were four points to the good.

But then the UCD forwards began to motor, with O'Callaghan, John O'Loughlin, Liam Rushe (two) and Joseph Boland (two) hitting the target in the closing stages to secure the victory.

Scorers -- UCD: D O'Callaghan 0-4, J Boland, L Rushe (0-1f, 0-1 '65') 0-2 each, M Nolan (1f), J O'Loughlin 0-1 each. CIT: P Horgan 0-3f, A Mannix, T Murphy 0-2 each, L Desmond 0-1.

UCD -- J Ryan; E O'Shea, S Cummins, O Gough; N Prendergast, D Kenny, D Langton; L Ryan, Rory O'Carroll; M Nolan, J O'Loughlin, J Boland; D O'Callaghan, L Rushe, P Atkinson.

Subs: D O'Connor for Ryan (59), Ross O'Carroll for Atkinson (60).

CIT -- J Condon; E Clancy, C Murphy, J O'Callaghan; L Desmond, R Cashman, S White; B Lawton, S McDonnell; E Dillon, B Corry, A Mannix; P Horgan, C Cusack, T Murphy.

Subs: P Gould for Clancy (h-t), S Corcoran for McDonnell (38), E Keane for C Murphy (59).

REF -- D Copps (Cork).

Irish Independent

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