WATCH: David Clifford's brother Paudie scores a header as UCC annihilate Athlone IT
UCC 2-27 Athlone IT 2-3
In this Sigerson Cup first round clash played at the Mardyke last, UCC came out on top in quite devastating fashion.
UCC, who have won the Sigerson title on 21 occasions and most recently in 2014, set their stall out from the outset.
There was a gulf from the outset between the two teams, as UCC made a very strong statement of their intent.
Killian Spillane is one of a strong Kerry contingent in the UCC squad and he made his mark on proceedings with a number of finely taken scores. Sean O’Shea was among a number of men from the Kingdom that posed problems throughout.
By the half time break UCC had a lead of 3-16 to the 1-1 of Athlone IT.
Conor Horgan was also to prove clinical in front of goal, as did Paudie Clifford , the brother of highly rated Kerry footballer David.
The one way traffic continued after the re start and right up until the very conclusion.
UCC showed no signs of letting up and they continued to find scores with clinical effect.
The Cork side now progress into the quarter finals and will take some stopping based on this showing.
Athlone will lick their wounds, have to dust themselves down and go again in the back door stages.
Here is Clifford scoring a goal with his head during the match.
Scorers - UCC: P Clifford- 1-4, G Murphy 1-4, K Spillane 0-5, C Geaney , C Horgan 1-1 each , E Courtney 0-4, S O’Shea(1f) 0-3, C Kiely, D Shaw, R Buckley 0-2 each, J McEntee, G O’Sullivan 0-1 each. Athlone IT : R Brady, B Berry 1-0 each, D McManus 0-2, G Horan 0-1.
UCC – E O’Brien : L O’Donovan, K Flahive, G O’Sullivan: J McEntee, D O’Brien, C Kiely: P Lucey, J Kennedy: C Horgan, P Clifford, S O’Shea: G Murphy, K Spillane, E Courtney. Subs: B Begley for O’Brien(28), M Flood for O’Donovan(HT), A Barry for Kennedy (HT), C Geaney for Clifford (HT), D Shaw for Spillane(HT), R Buckley for Horgan(HT)
Athlone IT – C Haslan: D Healy, D Carroll, E Tully: E O’Connor, D Manus,J Smith: K Maguire, G Horan: S Keogh, R Brady, D Mullin: R Forde, B Berry,S Clarke. Subs: C McDonagh for Smyth(12), C O’Dea for Keogh (40), T Lennon for Mullin(50)
Ref – R Moloney(Limerick)