O'Driscoll's goal seals it
KEVIN O'Driscoll's 57th-minute goal gave UCC the edge at the Mardyke.
With the home side leading by just a point, and facing a barrage of pressure as Galway-Mayo IT sought to force the game into extra-time, O'Driscoll finished off a move involving Stephen O'Brien and Daithi Casey.
GMIT dictated the tempo early on as, inspired by full-forward Steven Griffin, they opened up a 0-5 to 0-2 lead by the 13th minute, but they didn't score again until well into the second half.
UCC began to find their rhythm and two points late in the first half, from Barry O'Driscoll and Casey, put them 0-6 to 0-5 ahead at the break.
By the 47th minute, UCC led 0-10 to 0-6, but three frees from Griffin reduced the gap to the a point before O'Driscoll's intervention.
Scorers -- UCC: D Casey 0-3 (2f), K O'Driscoll 1-0, J Fitzpatrick 0-2, S Kiely, W Kennedy, M Collins, B O'Driscoll (1f), S O'Brien 0-1 each. GMIT: S Griffin 0-7 (4f), M Coady, E Monahan 0-1 each.
UCC -- K O'Halloran; P Crowley, E O'Mahony, J O'Sullivan; S Kiely, A Greaney, B Daly; J Fitzpatrick, W Kennedy; K O'Driscoll, M Collins, JB Spillane; B O'Driscoll, D Casey, S O'Brien. Sub: M Griffen for Spillane (60).
GMIT -- B Walsh; K Boyle, A Tierney, D Crawford; D Lee, G Kelly, J Duane; P Conroy, P McGonagle; D Clabby, C Hands, S Kavanagh; M Coady, A Thompson, S Griffin. Subs: E Monahan for Hands (28), N Prenty for Clabby (38), E Ward for McGonagle (46).
REF -- M Condon (Waterford).