Tuesday 15 October 2019

O'Shea on the double to lead UCC into decider

UCC 4-9 NUIG 1-15

O’Shea netted with a brace of early finishes to put his side in command. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
O’Shea netted with a brace of early finishes to put his side in command. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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Kerry senior star Sean O'Shea was in red-hot scoring form in Mallow to help UCC see off the challenge of a spirited NUIG side and book their place in the final.

O'Shea netted with a brace of early finishes to put his side in command, while fellow Kerryman Conor Geaney also pointed.

Kieran Molloy of NUIG in action against Graham O’Sullivan of UCC. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Kieran Molloy of NUIG in action against Graham O’Sullivan of UCC. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Playing at centre-forward, O'Shea went on to add another three points - two from frees.

However, NUIG responded well, with points from free-taker Michael Daly and Jack Robinson, cutting the gap to 2-3 to 0-8 at the break.

And NUIG edged in front on the resumption when a rasper from John Maher found the back of the net.

Their celebrations were short-lived, though, as Eimhin Courtney netted for UCC just moments later, with the Cork college going on to build up a five-point lead.

Conor Geaney of UCC, left, scores his side's fourth goal. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Conor Geaney of UCC, left, scores his side's fourth goal. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Further frees from Daly reduced the arrears to just a single score with less than ten minutes remaining.

But Geaney netted a fourth UCC goal and despite a final late onslaught from NUIG, the Cork side were not to be denied as they booked a final date with St Mary's.

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UCC's clinical finishing proved the difference, and their goal threat will be a concern for Mary's.

SCORERS - UCC: S O'Shea 2-3 (0-2fs), C Geaney 1-4 (0-1f), E Courtney 1-1, P Clifford 0-1. NUIG: M Daly 0-7fs, J Maher 1-0, J Robinson 0-3, P Cooke, N Mullen, R Finnerty (f), J Daly (f), O Gallagher 0-1 each.

Nathan Mullen of NUIG in action against Michael Flood of UCC. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Nathan Mullen of NUIG in action against Michael Flood of UCC. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

UCC - M White; M Flood, K Flahive, G O'Sullivan; J McEntee, B Begley, C Kiely; P Lucey, J Kennedy; P Clifford, S O'Shea, C Horgan; C Geaney, E Courtney, K Spillane. Subs: D O'Brien for J McEntee (23 inj), R Buckley for C Horgan (39), C O'Hainifin for C Kiely (55), G Murphy for K Spillane (57), R Forde for G O'Sullivan (61).

NUIG - A Brady; S Brennan, S Mulkerrin, K McDonnell; K Molloy, R Greene, N Mullen; P Cooke, C Darcy; P O'Donnell, E Tierney, J Maher; R Finnerty, J Robinson, M Daly. Subs: O Gallagher for P O'Donnell (23), J Daly for R Finnerty (39), F Ó Laoi for J Maher (46), G Canavan for J Robinson (47 BC), E McGrath for S Brennan (56).

Ref - D O'Mahony (Tipperary)

Michael Daly of NUIG in action against Michael Flood of UCC. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Michael Daly of NUIG in action against Michael Flood of UCC. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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