Tuesday 19 March 2019

UCC snatch Fitzgibbon Cup final berth after dramatic extra time penalty sinks DCU

UCC 2-17 DCU 0-22 (AET)

Chris O'Leary of UCC celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup Semi-Final match between University College Cork and DCU Dóchas Éireann at the WIT Sports Campus in Carriganore, Waterford. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Chris O'Leary of UCC celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup Semi-Final match between University College Cork and DCU Dóchas Éireann at the WIT Sports Campus in Carriganore, Waterford. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

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. 

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