UCC snatch Fitzgibbon Cup final berth after dramatic extra time penalty sinks DCU
UCC 2-17 DCU 0-22 (AET)
An 82nd-minute penalty from Chris O’Leary gave UCC a dramatic win over DCU in a tense semi-final at Waterford IT tonight. O’Leary struck 1-5 in total – firing over four long-range efforts from play (two in extra-time) in a fine personal display.
The sides were level on nine occasions. DCU talisman James Bergin, who amassed 0-10, forced the additional 20 minutes with a stoppage-time free.
Shane Kingston shot 1-3 in the opening half as the Cork side led by a point, 1-8 to 0-10, at the break. On 24 minutes, O’Leary’s long-range free fell kindly for the full-forward and he blasted to the net.
In extra time, O’Leary struck two monster scores but Chris Crummey drove forward to leave it 0-22 to 1-17 on 76 minutes. In added time, Sean Hayes was bundled over and O’Leary’s penalty squirmed under Oisin Foley.