McMillen's moment of magic proves enough for steely UCD
UCD 1 UCC 0
David McMillen hit the winner as UCD overcame old rivals UCC in Jordanstown to retain university football's biggest prize.
McMillen had missed the Belfield side's quarter-final victory over Mary Immaculate College Limerick due to academic commitments, but he returned to play his part in their semi-final defeat of hosts Jordanstown.
And the striker seized his opportunity to break the deadlock with 20 minutes remaining in the decider.
McMillen picked up a misplaced pass just outside the penalty area and skipped past a couple of Cork defenders before beating 'keeper Michael Dorgan with a low drive that seemed to take a slight deflection on its way into the net.
McMillen could have put the result beyond doubt in the closing minutes after Andrew Neville handled a Michael Whelan drive inside the box, but he blazed his spot-kick well over Dorgan's crossbar.
UCD were the livelier side throughout the game, with Cillian Morrison and Player of the Tournament Robbie Benson going close with first-half efforts.
The usually dangerous UCC strike force of Simon Holland and Josh O'Shea were kept well under control by top-class performances from Dave O'Connor and Tomas Boyle at the heart of the Belfield boys' defence.
UCD – M McGinley; M Langtry, T Boyle, D O'Connor, N Wright; M Whelan, R Benson, N Hanley, S Belhout; C Morrison (B O'Brolchain 53), D McMillen.
UCC – M Dorgan; A Gannon, J O'Brien, A Neville, C Barry; C O'Callaghan (L Connolly h-t), S Mahon, H O'Donovan, E Kilcommons (P Lawless 66); J O'Shea, S Holland
REF – S Taylor (Belfast).