Saturday 14 December 2019

Hat-trick hero Cadogan shines for UCC

UCC 5-13 Ulster University 2-4

Early on, a free from Rob O'Shea put UCC in control before Cadogan netted to make it 1-4 to 0-1
Early on, a free from Rob O'Shea put UCC in control before Cadogan netted to make it 1-4 to 0-1

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Cork star Alan Cadogan scored three goals as UCC began their Fitzgibbon Cup campaign with a win against Ulster University at the Mardyke yesterday.

While it wasn't completely one-way traffic for Tom Kingston's side, a strong finish to the first half helped to fire them into a 3-6 to 1-3 half-time lead. Though the visitors scored a second goal just after the restart, a comeback was never likely.

Early on, a free from Rob O'Shea put UCC in control before Cadogan netted to make it 1-4 to 0-1. While Nicky McKeague did double Ulster's tally, James O'Flynn struck for a second UCC goal. McKeague raised a green flag for the away team in the 28th minute, but O'Shea responded in kind to leave nine in it.

Liam Dunphy's long-range free found the net for Ulster after the restart, but they couldn't build on that and Cadogan had two late goals to give UCC a cushion.

Scorers - UCC: A Cadogan 3-1, R O'Shea 1-7 (6f), J O'Flynn 1-1, G O'Brien 0-2, R Cahalane, A Spillane 0-1. Ulster University: N McKeague 1-2 (2f), L Dunphy 1-0f, J Connolly, K Rice 0-1 each.

UCC - D Desmond; I Kenny, C Spillane, S Roche; S Kennedy, C Gleeson, R Cahalane; C O'Leary, M Breen; J Power, T Devine, G O'Brien; A Cadogan, J O'Flynn, R O'Shea. Subs: A Spillane for Power (50), M O'Connor for Cahalane, M O'Halloran for Cadogan (both 54), N Motherway (Dungourney) for O'Shea, E Gunning for Kenny (both 58).

ULSTER UNIVERSITY - S Doherty; A Orchin, G Walsh, T Ó Ciarán; R Brannigan, J McGreevey, D O'Hara; J McNaughton, M Dudley; L Dunphy, K Rice, J O'Dwyer; A Dooley, N McKeague, J Connolly. Subs: J O'Connell for O'Dwyer (46), D McGuinness for Dunphy (49), T Burns for Orchin (51), P Butler for McKeague, R Gillen for McNaughton (both 58).

Ref - G Quilty (Kilkenny)

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