Late Forde free breaks UCC hearts
UCC 1-14 UL 1-14
A late free from Jason Forde secured a draw for UL as UCC hearts were broken in the final round of Group B at the Mardyke.
UCC needed a win to progress and when Cormac Murphy struck to put them a point ahead with time running out, it looked as if they had completed a fine comeback, but the visitors were keen to ensure that they advanced with an unbeaten record.
UCC, the 2012 and '13 winners, will rue a poor start which saw them fall 1-2 to 0-0 behind. Conor Martin's eight-minute goal capped a great UL start and Tony Kelly was imperious at midfield. By half-time, UL's lead was 1-7 to 0-5 but two minutes into the second half a bullet of a shot from UCC sub Barry Lawton found the net to kickstart their revival.
Ger Cunningham's side outscored UL by 1-5 to 0-1 to lead by two but UL couldn't be shaken off and two points from Kelly helped them into a 1-13 to 1-12 lead. Lawton and Murphy then looked to have saved UCC before Forde's final say.
Scorers - UCC: B Lawton 1-3 (0-2f), A Cadogan 0-4, C Lehane 0-2, C Murphy, A Spillane, P Prendergast, S O'Keeffe, J Power 0-1 each. UL: C Martin 1-3 (0-3f), T Kelly 0-5, B Stapleton, J Forde (0-1f), J McGrath, T Heffernan, K O'Brien, PJ Scully 0-1 each.
UCC - D O'Gorman; K Burke, D Glynn, M Breen; P Prendergast, T Bourke, C Murphy; R O'Shea, T Devine; S O'Keeffe, J Barron, C Lehane; J Power, A Cadogan, S O'Donnell. Subs: B Lawton for O'Shea, A Spillane for O'Keeffe (ht), B Hartnett for Spillane (57).
UL - P Maher; D McInerney, J Brown, E Moriarty; D Quinn, J Forde, B Stapleton; T Kelly, B Maher; M Carmody, C Martin, J McGrath; K O'Brien, PJ Scully, T Heffernan. Subs: P Sheehan for Carmody, D Morrissey for Moriarty (both ht), A McGuane for Maher (42), T Cleary for O'Brien (58).
Ref - F Horgan (Tipperary).