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Clinical Kehoe fires UCC into quarter-finals

UCC 2-21 UCD 1-13

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UCC's Mark Kehoe (left) was in fine form. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

UCC's Mark Kehoe (left) was in fine form. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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UCC's Mark Kehoe (left) was in fine form. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Tipperary's Mark Kehoe scored 1-4 in the second half as UCC qualified for the Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup quarter-finals with victory over UCD at the Mardyke.

Leading by 0-11 to 0-6 at half-time, the home side extended that lead with points from Shane Kingston and Shane Conway on the resumption before Kehoe fired past Brian Hogan to leave 10 points between the teams.

That advantage had extended to 1-16 to 0-8 just after the three-quarter mark when UCD gained some hope as goalkeeper Hogan netted from a free and points from him and David Fitzgerald had the margin down to six.

UCC weren't shaken though and Kehoe (three), Mark Coleman and Conor Browne scored points as they made the game safe, sub Neil Montgomery getting a second goal at the death.

In the first half, Cork star Kingston was excellent as he hit four points and only for great Hogan saves from Ross Donohoe and the excellent Coleman, they would have been further ahead.

Frees from Ronan Hayes helped UCD stay in touch, however UCC were stronger in the second half.

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Jake Malone of UCD lines up a shot. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Jake Malone of UCD lines up a shot. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Jake Malone of UCD lines up a shot. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Scorers - UCC: M Kehoe 1-4; S Kingston 0-5; S Conway 0-4 (3f); M Coleman 0-3; N Montgomery 1-0; C O'Leary (1 65), C Browne 0-2 each; D Griffin 0-1. UCD: R Hayes 0-6 (4f, 1 65); B Hogan 1-1 (1-1f); D Fitzgerald 0-2; S Flanagan, S Carey, M Purcell, R Purcell 0-1 each.

UCC - S Hurley; D Lynch, E Gunning, N O'Leary; C O'Leary, P O'Loughlin, D Griffin; E Murphy, M Coleman; R Donohoe, C Browne, M O'Halloran; S Conway, M Kehoe, S Kingston. Subs: N Montgomery for O'Halloran (41), D Lowney for Lynch (41), K Dwyer for N O'Leary (49, injured), P Cadell for Conway (57), A Casey for Kehoe (59).

UCD - B Hogan; I O'Shea, R Lennon, H Lalor; M Cody, D Fitzgerald, M Purcell; C Mac Gabhann, J Malone; E Callaghan, R Hayes, P Guinan; P Crummey, S Flanagan, S Carey. Subs: C McGuckian for Callaghan (half-time), G Molloy for O'Shea (37), S Quirke for Crummey (47), R Purcell for Malone (53, injured).

Ref - T Walsh (Waterford).

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UCD's Jake Malone takes possession in the middle of the pitch. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

UCD's Jake Malone takes possession in the middle of the pitch. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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UCD's Jake Malone takes possession in the middle of the pitch. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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UCC's Conor Browne and Rob Lennon of UCD clash during their Fitzgibbon Cup game. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

UCC's Conor Browne and Rob Lennon of UCD clash during their Fitzgibbon Cup game. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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UCC's Conor Browne and Rob Lennon of UCD clash during their Fitzgibbon Cup game. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Paddy O'Loughlin of UCC keeps himself occupied during a break in play. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Paddy O'Loughlin of UCC keeps himself occupied during a break in play. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Paddy O'Loughlin of UCC keeps himself occupied during a break in play. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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