UCC cap­ture first ti­tle since 1990

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - National Hurling League Gaelic Games -

UNIVER­SITY Col­lege Cork cap­tured the O’con­nor Cup for the first time since 1990 with a 2-14 to 1-13 vic­tory over Univer­sity of Ul­ster, Jor­danstown, in yes­ter­day’s final at Queen’s Univer­sity, Belfast.

In their first final ap­pear­ance in 22 years, UCC had Kerry ace Louise Ní Mhuirc­heartaigh and Cork’s Ciara O’sul­li­van to thank for their scor­ing prow­ess as UUJ lost in the show­piece de­cider for a third suc­ces­sive year.

Ní Mhuirc­heartaigh scored 0-9, i nclud­ing six frees, while O’sul­li­van chipped in with 2-1 on a sun-kissed af­ter­noon.

The spec­ta­tors were treated to a crack­ing final that saw UCC, iron­i­cally tipped as out­siders by UUJ and Mon­aghan man­ager Gre­gory Mc­go­nigle, score a fa­mous four­point win.

At half-time, UUJ led by a sin­gle point, 0-9 to 1-5 as UCC shot 11 wides be­fore the break. Mc­go­nigle gra­ciously ad­mit­ted af­ter­wards that UCC de­served their win but his side, cham­pi­ons in 2008, had re­cov­ered from a slug­gish start to lead at the mid­way point.

See SPORT IN BRIEF Kerry .......................... Dublin ........................ Down .......................... Cork ............................ Ar­magh .................... Mayo .......................... Done­gal..................... Laois .......................... Long­ford .................. Wex­ford..................... Roscom­mon............ Antrim ...................... Sligo ........................... Ca­van ......................... Of­faly ........................ Tip­per­ary ................. PW 5 4 5 3 6 3 5 2 6 2 4 2 6 2 5 2 PW 6 5 5 4 5 3 5 3 5 2 5 2 5 1 6 0 D 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 L 1 2 3 2 3 2 4 3 L 0 1 2 2 3 3 4 5

F 3-67 8-68 2-72 7-49 5-63 3-43 5-60 4-51

F 3-84 9-79 5-52 5-54 7-58 5-55 5-37 1-66

A 3-46 3-61 7-69 1-50 7-79 1-49 8-64 7-55

A 4-51 9-50 3-52 2-58 2-67 6-51 5-73 9-83 PD +21 +22 -12 +17 -22

0 -13 -13 PD +30 +29 +6 +5 +6 +1 -36 -41 Pts 8 6 6 5 5 4 4 4 Pts 11 8 6 6 4 4 2 1 Ty­rone ....................... Kil­dare ....................... Gal­way....................... Meath ........................ Mon­aghan ................ Derry........................... West­meath ............. Louth.......................... Fer­managh ............. Clare ........................... Lim­er­ick ................... Waterford................. Wick­low..................... Car­low ....................... Leitrim ...................... London ...................... Kilkenny ................... PW 6 6 5 3 5 2 6 2 5 2 5 2 5 2 5 1 PW 5 5 5 4 6 3 5 3 4 2 4 2 4 2 4 0 5 0 D 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 2 2 4 3 3 3 3 L 0 1 3 2 2 2 2 4 5

F 10-76 4-70 3-61 4-68 5-69 3-55 2-52 1-68

F 11-75 3-59 4-89 5-70 6-59 5-44 3-37 1-28 2-14

A 0-60 6-64 3-61 3-69 3-75 5-60 4-64 8-66

A 0-42 0-55 4-58 3-60 5-33 4-31 2-42 6-44 16-110 PD +46 0 0 +2 0 -11 -18 -19 PD +66 +13 +31 +16 +29 +16

-2 -31 -138 Pts 12 6 5 4 4 4 4 3 Pts 10 8 6 6 4 4 4 0 0

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