O'Shea on the double to lead UCC into decider
UCC 4-9 NUIG 1-15
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)