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Double joy for UCC as Kehoe shines

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Mark Kehoe is presented with the Man of the Match award. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Mark Kehoe is presented with the Man of the Match award. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Mark Kehoe is presented with the Man of the Match award. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Mark Kehoe was hero of the hour on Saturday as UCC won their 39th title at Waterford IT.

The Tipperary panellist was substituted twice during their extra-time semi-final win over DCU.

"I got a black eye. I hit into Colm Roche when there was high ball coming down," he said.

On this occasion Kehoe roasted the Mary Immaculate College defence in a man-of-the-match display, having 1-4 to his name by the 42nd minute.

His eighth-minute goal was the standout moment of a one-sided final. He picked up the ball close to the sideline and weaved around four defenders before finishing under Eoghan Cahill.

Mary Immaculate led briefly through a Michael O'Loughlin point after 17 seconds, but they couldn't find a way through spare defender Paddy O'Loughlin and Chris O'Leary in the UCC half-back line and Tom Kingston's men enjoyed a 1-12 to 0-7 half-time lead.

Aaron Gillane and sub Colin English narrowed the gap to six, but that was as close as Mary's got.

UCC killed off any hopes of a comeback. On 40 minutes, Conor Browne found the bottom corner of net to secure a first Sigerson and Fitzgibbon double since 1988.

The next challenge for Kehoe is to break into the Tipperary first team.

Scorers - UCC: M Kehoe 1-4, S Conway 0-6 (5f), C Browne 1-1, C Roche 0-3, C O'Leary 0-2 (2f), D Griffin, D Fitzgibbon, R O'Flynn, N O'Leary, S Kingston 0-1 each. Mary I: A Gillane 0-8 (8f), M O'Loughlin, L Meade, T Monaghan, C O'Brien, C English 0-1 each.

UCC - J Barry 7; N O'Leary 7, E Gunning 6, K Dwyer 6; C O'Leary 7, E Murphy 5, D Griffin 6; M Coleman 5, P O'Loughlin 7; C Browne 7, S Kingston 6, C Roche 8; M Kehoe 9, S Conway 6, D Fitzgibbon 6. Subs: R O'Flynn 6 for Murphy (15), D Lowney for Dwyer (53), D Lynch for O'Leary (53), R Donohue for Roche (58), D Walsh for Fitzgibbon (59).

Mary I - E Cahill 5; S Downey 4, D Prendergast 5, E Ryan 5; T Grimes 5, D Browne 5, C Morgan 5; L Meade 5, P Hickey 5; T Monaghan 6, G Cooney 5, C O'Brien 5; A Gillane 6, C Guilfoyle 5, M O'Loughlin 5. Subs: B Buckley 5 for Downey (16), C English 6 for O'Loughlin (h-t), S Burke for Cooney (47), R McCormack for O'Brien (50).

Ref - J Owens (Wexford).

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